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The Book of Guys
     

The Book of Guys

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by Garrison Keillor
 

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In this collection of stories you'll meet a bunch of memorable guys including Lonesome Shorty, a cowpoke torn between the proud life in the saddle and the comforts of warm apartments and women; Buddy the teen-age leper in Sioux Falls; Earl Grey the great tea inventor and former Republican child; Casey at the bat in Mudville again; Dionysus the god of wine; and Roy

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In this collection of stories you'll meet a bunch of memorable guys including Lonesome Shorty, a cowpoke torn between the proud life in the saddle and the comforts of warm apartments and women; Buddy the teen-age leper in Sioux Falls; Earl Grey the great tea inventor and former Republican child; Casey at the bat in Mudville again; Dionysus the god of wine; and Roy Bradley, boy broadcaster. Brilliantly funny, touching, and acute, The Book of Guys reveals the perilous situation of guys today. Includes: Mid-life Crisis of Dionysus, Herb Johnson, the God of Canton, Casey at the Bat (Road game version), Lonesome Shorty, Don Gionvanni, Marooned, Buddy the Leper, The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bewailing the lost grandeur of manhood and lambasting the half-baked perversion known as '90s man, Keillor ( Lake Woebegon Days ) brings wit, the gift of storytelling and marksmanlike satire to this collection of 22 short fictions dissecting the current predicament of ``guys.'' Invoking various archetypal guys--cowboy, sports hero, Greek god, Don Juan--he brings each into collision with contemporary values stressing sensitivity, openness, communication, monogamy, the empowerment of women and a healthy diet. The results are provocative and hilarious. Dionysus turns 50 and is forced to seek help for his sex and alcohol problems. Baseball legend Casey of Mudville is barraged with garbage at an away game. Cattleman Lonesome Shorty gives up the range to try condominium life. President George Bush goes fishing with an admiring Willie Horton while barbarians invade Chicago. Keillor takes delicious swipes at the media, fad causes, political correctness and American tabloid culture as he convincingly sketches the precarious state of his fellow males, longing for the days when they could just be guys. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Library Journal
In his latest book (after WLT: A Radio Romance , Viking, 1991), Keillor displays his offbeat humor and quirky worldview in 22 stories fashioned around male characters. Many of the tales feature cultural icons wrenched from their usual haunts and forced to live in the present: hedonistic Dionysus suddenly faces middle age; Don Giovanni philosophizes on marriage to Figaro as he works the ivories in a piano bar; Earl Grey overcomes his anonymity as a middle child and builds a tea empire. Others feature George Bush, Norman Conquest, and Casey at bat in a road game. Although each tale depends on a gimmick, Keillor usually makes them work. A few of the stories are flat, lacking the enhancement of the author's deadpan vocal delivery, but most are pretty funny, and a few are even touching. Buy wherever Keillor is popular. Previewed in Prepub Alert, 7/93.-- A.J. Wright, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham
Kirkus Reviews
More from the master of the broadcast memoir (WLT, 1991; We Are Still Married, 1989; etc.). Keillor's attentions in this outing are loosely concentrated on the plight of the semi-competent male in today's world of can-do ladies. The 23 items (five previously published) in this latest collection include the other team's view of "Casey At the Bat (Road Game)"; a modern myth about "Zeus the Lutheran" and a pastor's wife; a very amusing high-school anecdote ("Gary Keillor"); a sendup of men's movement nonsense ("Address to the National Federation of Associations..."); a sharp smack at the TV talk shows ("The Chuck Show of Television"); one of the best letters-to-the-editor of recent times ("That Old Picayune Moon"); some business with "Don Giovanni"; and an updated fable of the "Country Mouse and the City Mouse." Liberal as public radio may be, there are still some words you can't say, so Keillor can be a little sharper in print than his listeners may be used to. Some of the pieces ("Buddy the Leper" and "Roy Bradley, Boy Broadcaster") cry out for commercial breaks. The shorter pieces ("The Mid-Life Crisis of Dionysus," "Omoo the Wolf Boy") do better, but even at his windiest, Keillor is more talented at the Thurber business than anybody since. Quite good. You don't have to be a radio fan to enjoy. You do have to be literate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565118140
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
920,623
Product dimensions:
4.86(w) x 5.66(h) x 0.98(d)

Meet the Author

As the host of A Prairie Home Companion for over forty years, Garrison Keillor has captivated millions of listeners with his News from Lake Wobegon monologues. He has been honored with Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, the National Humanities Medal, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
August 7, 1942
Place of Birth:
Anoka, Minnesota
Education:
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1966

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The Book of Guys 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CDW100 More than 1 year ago
This book is geared towards the much maligned male. My wife read it and didn't get the appeal, but every man I've suggested it to thought it was hilarious. I read it on a plane to Florida and laughed out loud. This is the perfect gift for any guy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are at least as many reasons why guys should feel foolish about their gender as there are reasons to leave your lover. Keillor makes a good start. Perhaps its best that HE do it, in the interest of education, which they so badly need. One of the reasons that they ARE so foolish is their eons long refusal to listen to anything a woman would tell them--like directions to the place they have gotten lost finding, why they don't want to make love tonight, why their kids aren't listening to them, how to make something work and other things guys can't stand to be told by anyone. So let Keillor do it. Maybe he can get thru.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that in some parts of the book it was quite depressing. The book started off on a good note, but then ended with a bad one. I feel as though his humor is cruel.