Michael Perry’s Collection of Poignant Essays in “Roughneck Grace”

New York Times bestselling author and humorist Michael Perry is back with a brand new collection of bite-sized essays from his weekly Wisconsin State Journal newspaper column “Roughneck Grace: Farmer Yoga, Creeping Codgerism, Apple Golf and Other Brief Essays from On and Off the Back Forty.” The new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book dissects everything from skunks to yoga.

Roughneck GraceFrom humbling to hilarious, Perry’s perspectives on everything from cleaning the chicken coop to sharing a New York City elevator with supermodels will have readers snorting with laughter on one page, blinking back tears on the next, and – no matter your zip code – nodding in recognition throughout. His experiences range from the mundane to extraordinary, and relatable to all. Raised in rural Wisconsin, he has the voice of what all Midwesterners hope to be – down to earth and adventurous with a dash of sophistication, although he still won’t be caught dead wearing proper dress shoes to the opera.

Perry is the author of numerous books including his first Wisconsin Historical Society Press title, From the Top: Brief Transmissions from Tent Show Radio, as well as Population: 485 and the New York Times bestseller Visiting Tom. He writes a weekly column for the Wisconsin State Journal and lives in rural northern 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

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