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Menomonie Reads 2018 has concluded.  Thanks to all of you that participated.  This year our selection was Montaigne in Barn Boots:  An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy by Wisconsin best-selling author Michael Perry.  If you haven’t read the book yet copies are available for check-out at the library.

I’d like to thank the Robert S. Swanson Library & Learning Center at Stout for their support in partnering with us on this event and to Monica Berrier, professor of philosophy for acting as our honorary scholar and helping us to gain a deeper understanding of Montaigne.  Menomonie Reads is made possible by financial support from our Friends of the Library.

Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright, and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin.  He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds (currently recording their third album for Amble Down Records). He has recorded three live humor albums including Never Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues, and can be found online at www.sneezingcow.com.  Perry’s essays and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times MagazineEsquireThe Oxford AmericanBackpackerOutsideRunner’s World and Salon.com.

Montaigne in Barn Boots is his new collection of essays.  Socrates is reported to have said: “The unexamined life in not worth living.” Perry remains true to this throughout the book as he uses the essays of the French Renaissance philosopher Michel de Montaigne to examine his own life and the world around him.  One of the many things I appreciate is Perry’s willingness to bare his soul in these essays and I admire his courage to unflinchingly face himself when confronting uncomfortable issues and he does so with his signature wit on full display.

Monica Berrier, Professor of Philosophy at UW Stout, helped introduce us to Montaigne.  Her lecture on February 8 at the Library is below.