Our Menomonie Reads selection for 2018 is Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy by Michael Perry. Montaigne in Barn Boots is Perry’s new collection of essays that weave the thoughts of the Renaissance French thinker and father of the literary essay Michel de Montaigne into his own musings on a wide variety of topics. We can almost claim Perry as a local author, as his books capture the spirit of rural Wisconsin. Perry isn’t really that old, but can we call him beloved already? The Perry wit shines through all of these essays as Perry works his way around ideas from faith and marriage to art and sex with Montaigne looking over his shoulder. The library will have ample copies of the book available for check-out as we kick off the reading January 2. Other events include the author himself speaking to us on February 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Student Union Ballroom Room 239 on the UW Stout campus. On February 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the library, Monica Berrier, Professor of Philosophy at UW Stout will get us started by introducing the book and a little bit about Montaigne.