Pick your favorite Midwestern phrase of awe — "holy cow," "son of a gun," "oh my gosh" — and they all work when it comes to news that Charlie Berens is now a New York Times best-selling author.
The Wisconsin comedian's debut book, "The Midwest Survival Guide: How We Talk, Love, Work, Drink and Eat ... Everything with Ranch," has landed him at No. 4 on the latest New York Times' list of best-selling Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous titles. That puts him in the company of home decor and lifestyle maven Joanna Gaines (No. 7) and The Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond (No. 1).
Berens, who is best known for his "Manitowoc Minute" and other folksy video sketches about life in the Midwest, tackles everything from winter driving and dressing for bugs to brandy Old-Fashioneds and deer hunting in the 288-page hardcover book published Nov. 16 by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins.
He celebrated The New York Times Best Sellers milestone with his parents and a cake decorated like the book's cover in a photo shared on social media.
"Cripes thanks to all of yous who bought #TheMidwestSurvivalGuide cause you made it a New York Times Bestseller. Special thanks to my mom who bought half the copies," he wrote on Instagram.
In an interview with the Green Bay Press-Gazette in October, Berens talked about writing "The Midwest Survival Guide."
“It’s just as much for people who have lived here all their lives as it is for people visiting for the first time, because the Midwest is so big and so diverse that there’s just so much to learn,” he said.
“It’s like that onion you find in the back of your crisper that started to sprout into another onion, and it’s got all these layers and complexity and it looks a little weird, but as you pull those layers back, you get a little moisture in the eye area. It’s heartwarming. It’s fun. It is so unique.”
Berens, who lives in Milwaukee, is touring in support of the book. His show on Friday at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon will be his biggest venue to date and his first in an arena. Limited tickets remain through ticketstaronline.com.
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