Michael Perry (author of Population: 485 and Truck: A Love Story) turns his attention to balancing work and marriage, starting a family and dabbling in small-scale farming and other domestic do-it-yourself projects. A fundamentalist-turned-agnostic, Perry also finds himself pondering the church and the spiritual life once he becomes a dad. He approaches all this with deep self-awareness, great humor and considerable craft. It’d be nice to read more about how Perry’s reflections on faith inform his thinking on career, family, home economics and community. Perry shares Annie Dillard’s fascination with the natural and quotidian realms and her knack for making the serious funny and the funny dreadfully serious.