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Lake Wobegon Days
Lake Wobegon Days
Author: Garrison Keillor
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 a...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780670805143
ISBN-10: 0670805149
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 337
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 59 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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sumagoo avatar reviewed Lake Wobegon Days on + 25 more book reviews
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Loved the great stories of life in a small town.
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If you like to read about old times, this is the one for you.
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I love storytellers & Garrison Keillor is one of the best!
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In a book that is destined to become an American classic, Garrison Keillor tells the story of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota (pop. 942). With almost utter honesty, he chronicles the town's history, explains its traditions (including the Living Flag and the Sons of Knute Ice Melt contest), and gives the complete scoop on all the local celebrities, from Ralph of Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery to Dorothy of the Chatterbox Cafe.

Filled with warmth and humor, sadness and tenderness, songs and poems, Lake Wobegon Days is an unforgettable portrait of small-town American life, of why "we are what we are" and why "smart doesn't count for much."
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If you like the radio program, "A Prairie Home Companion," you'll enjoy this book.
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This is a long version of the news from Lake Wobegon.
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Funny book. Keillor is great.
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Full of fun, laughs, and various emotions! Try it, you'll like it!
Tesstarosa avatar reviewed Lake Wobegon Days on + 151 more book reviews
Yes, I've finally read Garrison Keillor's stories of Lake Wobegon. What's crazier is that it took me over six months to finish it. Mostly because I had to start reading something else, and didn't get back to this book. Worse still, I only had about 20 pages left.

If you enjoy Keillor's stories on his NPR radio program, "A Prairie Home Companion," you will enjoy reading the stories of the people living in Lake Wobegon.
hubby avatar reviewed Lake Wobegon Days on + 108 more book reviews
A collection of stories adapted from A Prarie Home Companion.
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This book is like reading someone's else's diary, but it is a novel.
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Like listening to you grandpa's stories.
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a classic taking place in Minn. easy reading
DsuzieC avatar reviewed Lake Wobegon Days on + 159 more book reviews
Excellent! I absolutely loved this book.
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Back cover--filled with warmth and humor, sadness and tenderness, songs and poems...unforgettable portriat of small-town American life...
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In 1985, Keillor had been doing _Prairie Home Companion_ for nearly a decade and this volume was a semi-novelization of the stories he was telling about his mythical home town on the show's "News From Lake Wobegon" segment, frequently the best part of the show -- not because it was funny but because it was (and is) funny-sad, funny-sentimental, funny-bizarre, and funny-ludicrous. Another twenty years have now passed and we've come to know the characters of Lake Wobegon intimately: the locally wealthy Krebsbach family, Pastor Ingqvist and Father Emil, Herman Hochstetter and the annual Living Flag, the Sons of Knute, and the rules for visiting on front porches. But this book is where you'll found the multiethnic history of the town, how tiny Mist County was formed, and why neither of them appear on any map. Did you know the local paper, the _Herald-Star,_ got its name because it was bought by Harold Starr? Or why a Lutheran upbringing is likely to cause emigrants from Minnesota to compose their own Theses and look for a door to nail them to? (You'll find a hilarious and largely true list of ninety-five of them here.) Keillor has the gift of taking the small and ordinary, approaching them in a profoundly sympathetic yet skeptical way, and making them universal in their strength.

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