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Lake Wobegon Days (Paperback)

Author:  Garrison Keillor Illustrator:  Mike Lynch
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0140131612
ISBN-13: 9780140131611
Sku: 30014998
Publish Date: 6/1/1995
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  352
Age Range:  22 to UP
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The town of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, lies on the shore against Adams Hill, looking east across the blue-green water to the dark woods. (from the first line)
A young narrator chronicles his coming-of-age in Minnesotas Lake Wobegon, a fictitious small town where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average *Author: Keillor, Garrison *Publication Date: 1995/06/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.75
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A young narrator chronicles his coming-of-age in Minnesota's Lake Wobegon, a fictitious small town where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.
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Based on the enormously popular "Prairie Home Companion", Keillor's show on public radio, this collection of stories of modern Midwestern life skyrocketed to the top of the bestseller lists in the mid 1980s, and remained there. In this small Minnesota town, "all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." The book won the collective heart of the country, and critics found it impossible to refrain from quoting sizable portions of it in their reviews.
Author Bio
Garrison Keillor
Gary Edward (later Garrison) Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, into a family that adhered to a fundamentalist Christian sect, the Plymouth Brethren--and had a childhood he describes as "very happy." He attended the University of Minnesota, receiving his B. A. in 1966, and did graduate work from 1966 to 1968. In 1965, Keillor married Mary C. Guntzel. They had a son, Jason; they were divorced in 1976. A devotee of the Grand Ole Opry, Keillor began hosting "A Prairie Home Companion" on Minnesota Public Radio, and soon the show went national. He was greatly influenced by relatives who gave "long, meandering talks" at family gatherings. As his success grew, and the books inspired by his show lingered on the bestseller lists, Keillor grew more and more ambivalent about celebrity and losing touch with his Midwestern roots. He detested the onslaught of shopping malls and encroaching urbanization of his hometown. He shocked his following in 1984 when he closed "A Prairie Home Companion." He moved to Denmark in 1987 with his second wife, but eventually returned to the U.S. (until 1992 he was a staff writer at The New Yorker), where after another divorce he married wife number three, a violinist.

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New York Times Book Review
"'Lake Wobegon Days' is about the way our beliefs, desires, and fears tail off into abstractions--and get renewed from time to time. Mr. Keillor is well quipped to understand this process, since, by his account, he grew up in the fundamentalist religion of the Sanctified Brethren, perfectionists at splitting into infinite subsects over points of doctrine....[This book] is a genuine work of American history." - Veronica Geng 08/25/1985

Washington Post Book World
"Accounts of sadness and tragedy...are woven seamlessly into the fabric of the book which is always good humored. There are pages of wry smiles and chuckles, and then, when you least expect it, a scene or a single line within a lengthy description that will have you weeping with laughter, unable to keep reading aloud, for surely by now you will be reading the book aloud to anyone within earshot." - Katherine Paterson 09/01/1985

Christian Science Monitor
"...[A] love poem to small towns from that grown-up skinny kid, whose reminiscences are as tender as they are hilarious, complete with a paean to porches." - Ruth Doan MacDougall 09/06/1986

Publishers Weekly
"I predict that a minimum of 15 reviews of this book will refer to me as 'a modern day Mark Twain.' Anyone who comes from anywhere west of Eighth Avenue is 'another Mark Twain.'" - Garrison Keillor

Time
"He recognizes the ordinary without ridiculing it, but his ordinary is loony enough for any South American magic realist....Far from an ideal of Norman Rockwell hominess, 'Lake Wobegon' reverberates with terror and finalities....Keillor's folk confront mainstream America with beer and trembling." - J.D. Reed 09/02/1985

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0352
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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