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We Are Still Married: Stories and Letters
     

We Are Still Married: Stories and Letters

by Garrison Keillor
 

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“Garrison Keillor made it possible, after twenty years of black humor…to be both funny and nice, hip and winsome, scathing and loving, all in the flick of a single many-barbed quip——The Washington Post Book World

“Keillor’s literary style is as flexible and assured as his vocal delivery. It can

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“Garrison Keillor made it possible, after twenty years of black humor…to be both funny and nice, hip and winsome, scathing and loving, all in the flick of a single many-barbed quip——The Washington Post Book World

“Keillor’s literary style is as flexible and assured as his vocal delivery. It can slip from mood to mood so subtly and quickly you’re never quite sure where you are…. [His] writing has the silvery slip of running water, so graceful and easy it’s hard to believe it can carry so much that is jagged and unresolved. His integrity lies in his not smoothing away those rough edges in the swift current of his prose; they’re bruisingly, sometimes cuttingly there.” —The Village Voice

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Wizard of Lake Woebegon here collects ``in one neat pile'' 10 poems and 57 prose pieces, ranging in length from less than a page to as many as 22, ``written at the time of Ronald Reagan, the President who never told bad news to the American people.'' Selected mostly from his contributions to the New Yorker , these short works by the Minnesota humorist ``who does comedy in slow motion'' vary in subject matter from porches, cold, Gettysburg, yard sales, sneezes, Woodlawn Cemetery and travel notes to the fate of the last cigarette smokers in the U.S., how to write 50-word postcards gracefully, the hardships of serving in the Indiana National Guard's public information battalion and ``The Meaning of Life,'' described as ``the extreme persistence of gentleness and humor.'' Taken singly, the pieces amuse, bemuse or arouse; in bulk, they stand up less well, because they are repetitive and not fully developed. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Devoted friends of Lake Wobegon residents will surely welcome this opportunity to be filled in on what some of the gang has been up to and also to learn what Keillor himself has been doing and thinking since he closed down the Prairie Home Companion show in 1987. ``I've been on the job and not sunning myself in Denmark,'' he tells us. And this new collection of 70 or so essays, stories, letters, and poems would seem to bear that out. They follow pretty closely the original Keillor recipe: a little shrewd observation, a slice of nostalgia, a dash of wit, laughter to taste, and a sprinkle of malice for piquancy. His topics are various--too various to particularize. Keillor is at his best, or his distinctive qualities have their freest scope, when he adds a touch of personal reminiscence to his themes. For discriminating palates.-- A. J. Anderson, G.S.L.I.S., Simmons Coll., Boston

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140131567
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1990
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,339,447
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Garrison Keillor, author of nearly a dozen books, is founder and host of the acclaimed radio show A Prairie Home Companion and the daily program The Writer's Almanac. He is also a regular contributor to Time magazine.

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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