Population: 485 by Micheal Perry

Reviewed by H. Mankowski, May 2018

Population: 485 by Michael Perry is a nonfiction narrative following the adventures of a paramedic in a small rural town in northern Wisconsin. The narrative begins with an accident and follows Perry through a multitude of local emergencies and the interesting aspects of those in town. Perry creates vivid descriptions of all those he encounters, developing a series of mini-stories each linking back to his central theme. Perry injects humor throughout, ensuring that his readers laugh at his failures. I would recommend this book to anyone who can relate to a small town and enjoys self-deprecating humor.