Visiting Tom

Visiting Tom : A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace

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From the acclaimed author of Coop and Population: 485 comes a portrait of a unique individual and a dedicated way of life.What can we learn about life, love, and artillery from an eighty-two-year-old man whose favorite hobby is firing his homemade cannons? Visit by visit often with his young daughters in tow author Michael Perry finds out.Toiling in his shop, Tom Hartwig makes gag shovel handles, parts for quarter-million-dollar farm equipment, and now and then batches of potentially extralegal explosives. Tom, who is approaching his sixtieth wedding anniversary with his wife, Arlene, and is famous for driving a team of oxen in local parades, has stories dating back to the days of his prize Model A and an antiauthoritarian streak refreshed daily by theinterstate that was shoved through his front yard in 1965 and now dumps more than eight million vehicles past his kitchen window every year. And yet Visiting Tom is dominated by the elderly man s equanimity andultimately when he and Perry converse as husbands and the fathers of daughters unvarnished tenderness. PERRY S the real thing. USA Today"
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 134.62 x 185.42 x 30.48mm | 408.23g
  • Harper
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0061894443
  • 9780061894442
  • 2,079,301

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It s part memoir, part character piece. There s a bit of the poetic to it. It s about fighting bureaucracy, Foxfire-ish self-sustenance, life the old timer s way, and male-bonding foolishness. It s about fatherhood, marriage and love. And it s just about one of the sweetest books you ll ever read. --"Daily Sparks Tribune""
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