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.
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.
My husband enjoyed this one!
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.
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.