Drew Perry

Perry teaches writing at Elon University. His first novel, This Is Just Exactly Like You, was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan prize from the Center for Fiction, a Best-of-the-Year pick from The Atlanta Journal Constitution and a SIBA Okra pick. His second, Kids These Days, was an Amazon Best-of-the-Month pick and was named to Kirkus Reviews 'Winter's Best Bets' and 'Books So Funny You're Guaranteed to Laugh' lists.

Life

Family Tradition: The Swing of Things

Life lessons from a rope swing in Swannanoa: Sailing through the air is all about holding on, but watching from the ground means learning — if only a little — to let go.

Life

Family Tradition: Saturday Drive

The wind in your hair, the sun on your face: Adventure is easy when you’re cruising in a convertible. Especially when your destination is the Uwharrie National Forest.

Life

Family Tradition: Time Machine

How to create a family story that’ll last for generations: Build a cart of odds and ends. Add two brave boys. Head for the Piedmont hills, and ride.

Life

Family Tradition: Lost, or Not, at Sea

The Atlantic Ocean is vast, and The Wee is, well, wee. With his dad, the author, The Wee finds comfort and reassurance on the North Carolina coast.

Sports

The Best Seat in the Stadium

When you’ve grown up listening to the Atlanta Braves on the radio, the opportunity to watch a baseball game — any baseball game — from the broadcast booth is like a dream come true.

Life

Family Tradition: Of Mice & Boys

An ode to the freedom of the road, passing the torch, and one Carolina pickup.

Life

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Selling lemonade by the cupful is a rite of passage for kids. Buying a cup of that sweet-tart goodness is a duty for adults — regardless of the price.