Book Review: Coop by Michael Perry


Author: Michael Perry
Title: Coop : a year of poultry, pigs, and parenting
Publication Info: New York : Harper, c2009.
ISBN: 9780061240430

Summary/Review:  As the title implies this is a book about a man taking up running a family farm with pigs and chickens while also raising a family.  There is his wife, a step-daughter, and a brand new baby and it’s touching how he tries to do right by all of them.  This book is also very much a memoir as Perry reflects back to growing up on his parents’ farm.  He grew up a member of a small and nameless Christian denomination and while no longer practicing the faith appreciates the sincere devotion of his parents that lead him to grow up in a household with dozens of adopted and foster children.  This is a touching, insightful, and quiet peak at one man’s attempts at the country life in the modern age.

Recommended books: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard and Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller.
Rating: ****

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