Lake Wobegon Days

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Lake Wobegon Days is about the way our beliefs, desires and fears tail off into abstractions—and get renewed from time to time. . . this book, unfolding Mr. Keillor's full design, is a genuine work of American history.” —The New York Times

“A comic anatomy of what is small and ordinary and therefore potentially profound and universal in American life…Keillor’s strength as a writer is to make the ordinary extraordinary.” —Chicago Tribune

“Keillor’s laughs come dear, not cheap, ...

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Overview

Lake Wobegon Days is about the way our beliefs, desires and fears tail off into abstractions—and get renewed from time to time. . . this book, unfolding Mr. Keillor's full design, is a genuine work of American history.” —The New York Times

“A comic anatomy of what is small and ordinary and therefore potentially profound and universal in American life…Keillor’s strength as a writer is to make the ordinary extraordinary.” —Chicago Tribune

“Keillor’s laughs come dear, not cheap, emerging from shared virtue and good character, from reassuring us of our neighborliness and strength….His true subject is how daily life is shot with grace. Keillor writes a prose that can be turned to laughter, to tears…to compassion or satire, to a hundred effects. He is a brilliant parodist.” —San Francisco Chronicle

A portrait of small-town American life emerges in a novel of humor, sadness and tenderness, songs and poems.

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Veronica Geng
''Lake Wobegon Days'' is about the way our beliefs, desires and fears tail off into abstractions - and get renewed from time to time. . . this book, unfolding Mr. Keillor's full design, is a genuine work of American history. -- New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140131611
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1990
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 379,393
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Garrison Keillor

GARRISON KEILLOR is America’s favorite storyteller. For more than 35 years, as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, he has captivated millions of listeners with his weekly News from Lake Wobegon monologues. A Prairie Home Companion is heard on hundreds of public radio stations, as well as America One, the Armed Forces Networks, Sirius Satellite Radio, and via a live audio webcast. 
 
Keillor is also the author of several books and a frequent contributor to national publications including Time, The New Yorker, and National Geographic, in addition to writing his own syndicated column. He has been awarded a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities. When not touring, he resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Biography

Garrison Keillor is the author of thirteen books, including Lake Wobegon Summer 1956, Wobegon Boy, and Lake Wobegon Days. From 1999-2001, Keillor wrote a column "Dear Mr. Blue: Advice for Lovers and Writers" on Salon.com. Keillor's popular Saturday-night public radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, is in its twenty-seventh season. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and daughter.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Gary Edward Keillor (real name)
      Garrison Keillor
    2. Hometown:
      St. Paul, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 7, 1942
    2. Place of Birth:
      Anoka, Minnesota
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Minnesota, 1966

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Great nightstand book

    The first couple of chapters were slow going, so much so that the book sat on my nightstand for 3 months after I got through them. But after picking it back up and plowing through the beginning, I became accustomed to the unidentifiable plot and began to truly enjoy this book. If you're from small-town America or anywhere in the Midwest for that matter, you will appreciate this book. I can't count how many times my wife woke up to me snickering or flat out laughing while reading, especially chapters Summer, Fall, & Winter. Great storytelling and well-placed humor. My only struggle is deciding which Keillor book can top this as my next purchase.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Lake Wobegon Days

    Some things are just a sheer pleasure and Keillor's "Lake Wobegon Days" on CD is one of those. We have enjoyed these same stories on cassette years ago and purchased this set for my in-laws for Christmas. Great stuff - good stories - simple, enjoyable and stories that take you back to a time and place when life was really good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2007

    A Novel that Revels in the Peculiarities of Human Nature

    While some may feel that Keillor rambles, the truth is that the charm of this book is in the details. Although it is set in a fictionalized rural town, the characters that he brings to life could be from anywhere. Each chapter paints such a vivid picture of Lake Wobegon that the reader feels as if they've been there. And some parts are so funny that you laugh out loud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    A reviewer

    The first chapter was promising, a bit rambling, but a great first chapter told in his voice. The next chapter was incredibly boring and focused on the history of New Albion (which I assume later becomes Lake Wobegon) He wrote endlessly about the settlers, founding a school, so boring. As I flipped through the rest of the book I realized it would all be boring fake history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2005

    Lake Wobegon

    In Lake Wobegon Days, Garrison Keillor is the author and narrator of the book. Parts of the book I could relate to because I live in a small town. Although, I couldn¿t relate to the religion that Keillor¿s family participated in. Keillor writes about a few good situations that happened in his life but most of the time he seems to ramble on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    Keillor's Classic

    Garrison Keillor is the funniest American writer today, and this, his second book, really shows it. Lake Wobegon is a place we can all relate to, live with one another in.Keillor has written a novel that will stay in my heart forever, and that is an achievement.

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