From the Top: Brief Transmissions from Tent Show Radio

By Michael Perry

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ISBN: 978-087020-680-1

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"Bottom line is, I'm the kind of guy who's happy to attend the opera, but I should like to be allowed to wear steel-toed boots with my evening suit. I like to read Harper's with a chaser of Varmint Hunter Magazine. Maybe that's why I enjoy a good show under canvas. Here we sit, brain-deep in arts and culture, but we're also just people hanging out in a tent, some of us wearing boots, a few of us wearing Birkenstocks, but best of all we're breathing free fresh air filled with music."

From Scandihoovian Spanglish to snickering chickens, New York Times bestselling author and humorist Michael Perry navigates a wide range of topics in this collection of brief essays drawn from his weekly appearances on the nationally syndicated Tent Show Radio program. Fatherhood, dumpster therapy, dangerous wedding rings, Christmas trees, used cars, why you should have bacon in your stock portfolio, loggers in clogs--whatever the subject, Perry has a rare ability to touch both the funny bone and the heart.

Discover more Michael Perry essays inĀ  his other Wisconsin Historical Society Press books: Roughneck Grace: Farmer Yoga, Creeping Codgerism, Apple Golf and Other Brief Essays from On and Off the Back Forty as well as From the Top: Brief Transmissions from Tent Show Radio.

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Michael Perry is the author of numerous books including Population 485 and the New York Times bestseller Visiting Tom. His live humor recordings include Never Stand behind a Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his wife and daughters and is privileged to serve as a first responder with the local fire department. He can be found online at


Winner, Midwest Independent Publishers Assocation Book Awards-Humor

Finalist, Benjamin Franklin Book Awards (IBPA)- Humor