Lake Wobegon Days

Lake Wobegon Days


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Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor, Mike Lynch

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140131611
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1990
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 503,787
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
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.


St. Paul, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

August 7, 1942

Place of Birth:

Anoka, Minnesota


B.A., University of Minnesota, 1966

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Lake Wobegon Days 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
wenestvedt on LibraryThing 9 days ago
This is a book-length "news From lake Woebegon" segment, for good or ill. I still enjoy Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" radio show now mostly because I get to hear Pat Donohue: Keillor has worn out his welcome with me. I think this book is actually my Mom's, lent to me (she's over him, too) and not yet read.
Trevor123 More than 1 year ago
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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DR-H More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.