Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America

Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America

by Garrison Keillor
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Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America by Garrison Keillor

In this thoughtful, deeply personal work, one of the nation's best-loved voices takes the plunge into politics and comes up with a book that has had all of America talking. Here, with great heart, supple wit, and a dash of anger, Garrison Keillor describes the simple democratic values-the Golden Rule, the obligation to defend the weak against the powerful, and others- that define his hard-working Midwestern neighbors and that today's Republicans seem determined to subvert. A reminiscence, a political tract, and a humorous meditation, Homegrown Democrat is an entertaining, refreshing addition to today's rancorous political debate.

* A New York Times bestseller
* Updated and revised with a new introduction for the 2006 midterm elections
* A Featured Alternate Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101201213
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/15/2004
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 440,862
File size: 316 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

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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Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Garrison is surely a talented writer full of humor and wit, and that makes Homegrown Democrat an enjoyable read. However, Mr. Keillor laments the bitterness of modern politics with one breath and then bitterly demonizes republicans with his next. He also fails to address the reality that the democratic party is guilty of many of the same things for which he curses republicans. I am also stunned that a 'man of the people' like Keillor is unable to understand southern voters. The book is an enjoyable read because of style, but its substance is nonexistant.
arcade_veteran70 More than 1 year ago
Not bad. At first, I really liked the slow, home-spun tempo of the prose. It had a simple honesty about it. And, I also liked the author's perspective on Social Responsibility: Neighbors should help neighbors. However, as I drew deeper in the book, I came to a sudden realization that the author has his views, and we all do, but that doesn't necessarily mean I want to kill an entire afternoon reading what one person thinks is wrong with the World. I felt the book became preachy and monotonous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had the misfortune to be stuck in a car on a long trip with this playing on cd. Lost my taste for Kellior by the start of the century, but was still able to find him very mildly interesting. However this was preachy and really, really dull.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! America's favorite sleepy-voiced, ersatz-homespun, less-incisive Mark Twain from the North has absolutely blown his cool. Drawn, no doubt, to penning this first deliberately political tome by the 'reign of terror' in the current white house, Keillor moans, whines and even moans while he whines. It's a wonder to behold! I checked it out from the library-- just couldn't justify buying it-- and read the whole thing. It's hiralious!! Not mildly amusing in his usual NPR way, but absolutely hiarious! The best chapter: the one on Republicans he has condescended to LIKE over the years. To the reader with the eyes to see it, it the nastiest look inside a democrat's mind to come along in years! Indispensable. I read a review on-line once where a book was said to be from the viewpoint of 'mock-tolerance.' I didn't understand that at the time, but I think I do now. Really, Republicans, ya gotta read this one! Yow!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book isn't actually about being a Democrat. It's about being a humane American. Keillor does indeed believe that Democrats are more humane than Republicans, and he gives us many examples. I converted from being a Republican a couple decades ago. May I live up to Keillor's description of being a Democrat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was in Minneapolis when I picked up this book on a friend's desk. Read the whole thing in a couple days. It's wonderful. It's Keillor gone mad in the spirited, conservative, controlled Lake Wobegon way. You'll laugh alot! Badly edited for punctuation. I sense this was hurried to be at the the bookstores before the election.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best compilation of Democratic principles I've ever read. I've been wondering how my own parents, now deceased, would have catalogued their reasons for the rules by which they raised my sister and me. We didn't know we were considered 'liberals' until the last four years have separated us so far from the thinking of our Republican friends. I thank God every day that 'you are your brother's keeper' was the foundation of our Christian upbringing, and I thank Keillor for putting it in a concise framework that I can share with my own children and like-thinking friends. Would that those who criticize us would open their minds enough to consider Garrison's book. They don't seem to have the backbone to see 'Fahrenheit,' but this book is a gentler version of the same story. Thank God and Goodness for the backbone of GK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As other reviewers note, Keillor is a sparkling writer, and he's also a great story teller, so listening to the 'News from Lake Woebegon' is usually a pleasant passtime. His political views, however, are pure dedicated worship of the messianic welfare state and virulent hatred for any who blaspheme against it's claims on all of our wealth in the name of 'taking care of the needy neighbors'. It's a great religion for those who like to pontificate about the greediness of the productive, and play pretend 'Good Samaritan' with other people's wealth, while hanging on tightly to their own. A great talent prostrated before a false deity. Pity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book shows what a nice and kind man Garrison Keillor is. He truly has core values unlike some that wear their values on their sleeve. Lake Wobegon may be fictional but non-fiction like this is very enjoyable. After reading this book, I want to sit down and share a cup of coffee with Garrison. Thank you Mr. Keillor
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the better thinkers of our times has captured what it means to be a liberal - the politics of kindness. Entertaining and inspiring to be the best we can be for ourselves and others.