Welcome to the wry, witty - and slightly skewed - world of Garrison Keillor. He invites you to join the "Shy Rights Movement," to drop in at "The People's Shopper" (including a stop at St. Paul's Drop-In Hair Center to be offered warm, supportive pre- and post-trim counseling), and to hear the truth behind the Cinderella legend as expalined in the consciousness-raised lingo of "My Stepmother, Myself." You 'll learn about baseball players who undergo group therapy to experience "at-batness", and old-time radio hosts who somehow miscalculate their audiences. Mr. Keillor has created a wonderully cockeyed world; his reflections on our lives and times will make you happy to be here.
Contains 34 brief pieces, which were origingally magazine articles. They vary widly in thier appeal, a few seem dated. However, most are very funny and some skewer american culture. A few seem dated.
BE aware that this is not a Lake Wobegan book. None of the stories are set there.
If you've listened to the Prairie Home Companion on radio, you'll enjoy this collection of short stories and comic pieces.
***** If you like A Prairie Home Companion, you'll love this book. It's basically as if he wrote down a bunch of Lake Woebegone stories and published them in book form.
My husband enjoyed this one!
Typical Garrison Keillor...engaging short stories.
Keilor appears never to invent or imagine a story, but rather to dredge it up from the depths of a collective memory...for all his gravity and his devotion to accurate expression, Keillor writes hilarious stories. His humor is cerebral and complex, a blend of romance and nostalgia; it sparkingly parodies the American (and human) condition...His stories and satires glow with a sense of time and place.
Very entertaining book; fast read; has a pleasant inked inscription.
PBS says this "is not a space for you to detail information about your specific copy of the book" but this is the only place I can find.