Visiting Tom

Visiting Tom

A Man, A Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace

Large Print - 2012
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Tom is 82-year-old Tom Hartwig, an old-timer best known locally for building and firing homemade cannons. Toiling in a shop that Perry describes as an antique store stocked by Rube Goldberg, curated by Hunter Thompson, and rearranged by a small earthquake, Tom works from scratch to make everything from shovel handles to parts for a quarter-million-dollar farm equipment. He has an endless reservoir of stories dating back to the days of his prize Model A.

Visiting Tom is dominated by the elderly man's equanimity and ultimately by unvarnished tenderness.

Tuesdays with Morrie meets Shop Class as Soulcraft as Michael Perry, a middle-aged father of daughters, finds guidance and inspiration in visits with his octogenarian, cannon-shooting neighbor. Visiting Tom celebrates the wisdom, heart, and sass of a vanishing generation that embodies the indomitable spirit of small-town America.

While Foxfire fans will relish the emphasis on forgotten crafts and tools, others will appreciate Perry's gift as a bucolic wordsmith, etching a sensitive portrait of vanishing country life. - Publishers Weekly

Warmhearted . . . .engaging . . . down-to-earth and genuine. - Kirkus Reviews

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2012
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781611735628
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT B Perry 2012
Characteristics: 319 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Jan 18, 2015

Pleasant story but not one I expect to remember in any detail.


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