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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (April 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140131612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140131611
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...Keillor re-asserts a positive image of America, portraying people who care about their neighbors..." -- Keith Graham, Atlanta Journal Constitution

"Warm, witty, nostalgic, sometimes sad, always riveting..." -- Jack Wilkinson, United Press International

Winner of the 1987 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word [brought to you by HighBridge Audio]. -- NARAS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Garrison Keillor is the consummate storyteller, gifted with the rare ability - both in print and in performance - to hold an audience spellbound with his tales of ordinary people whose lives contain extraordinary moments of humor, tenderness, and grace. This recording of Keillor reading his own novel, Lake Wobegon Days, is a carefully edited abridgement of the book and includes a few segments taken from live performances recorded during a fundraising tour for public radio stations in 1985. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Garrison Keillor is the bestselling author of Lake Wobegon Days, Happy To Be Here, Leaving Home, We Are Still Married, Radio Romance, The Book of Guys and Wobegon Boy (available in Penguin Audiobook). He is the host of A Prairie Home Companion on American public radio and a contributor to Time magazine. He lives in Wisconsin and New York City.

Customer Reviews

He has a wonderful way of telling a story and is so funny.
Karen McOmber
Mr. Keillor is the master of telling warm and exciting stories out of daily lives of people in Lake Wobegon, which seems to be the most boring town in North America.
petewong@netvigator.com
I wish he had not used footnotes at all but included the stuff in them in the text, especially given how his story went all over the place anyway.
C. Richard

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 64 people found the following review helpful By C. Fletcher on September 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you've ever gone for a late afternoon walk in a small town anywhere in America and have looked up and had your breath taken away by the wonder of a full moon hanging there in the quiet light like a ghostly, faded postage stamp, if you've ever shopped in a store that has a hand painted sign above its door, where they make their own bread and slice their own meat, or if you've ever felt that the quiet, shady moment you're inhabiting could almost explode with possibilities, then you might want to check out Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon Days.
This is a truly brilliant book that celebrates the quirks and idiosyncrasies of small town American. Part town history, part family remembrance, Lake Wobegon is imbued with a warm, sly humor that picks at the silliness and the earnestness that are woven so tightly together in small town American life.
Although I found this book immensely entertaining, and times quite moving, I should mention it took me about three months to read. Keillor's immensely appealing voice, story-telling ability and sense of humor kept me at all times very interested, but there isn't really a plot to speak of. I had to keep other books going on the side to give me my plot fix. This was the only aspect of the book that I thought might put off readers otherwise disposed to read the book and enjoy it. But don't let this deter you. Believe me, the book is definitely worth whatever time you take to read it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
I hope to one day live in Lake Wobegon. It seems to be just the sort of backwards, yokel, land-that-time-forgot sort of place that I would feel right at home in.
Keillor's journey through Lake Wobegon is warm, nostalgic, funny, and poignant. The characters are well-crafted -- sometimes lovable, sometimes zany, sometimes despicable, always believable and real.
Don't appraoch this book looking for a deep, moving plot. Approach it as a tour through a quaint town -- a look at its history, pride, culture, and even those bits that are swept under the rug. Read it, and it'll grow on you.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jerald R Lovell on August 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
For anyone raised in a small Midwestern town, as I was, this book is fascinating. It is dryly humorous, and never truly abrasive, as it wends its way through anecdotes of small town life and personal foibles. If you're looking for Doestoyevskyan character studies, as one reviewer seemingly was, go elsewhere. But if you want te meet people, and institutions, that you loved, or scorned, or simply observed in passing, this is your sort of book. You'll remember these folks and their stories a long time after you have forgotten more in-depth characters.
I have often said there are two books anyone wanting to know about life in a small town should read; Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis, and this book. Main Street is negative in chief, whereas this book is wistful, gently amusing, and equally accurate, if not more so. It is a very underrated work, and I recommend it most thoroughly.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lori D Widmer on August 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
It's rare that you find a book you read more than once. I'm up to three times now on Lake Wobegon Days. What I like best is the humorous descriptions of life in a small town. It rings true. I see people I grew up with in those descriptions. Small-town life IS like that in many respects. Keillor's got a knack for writing profound truths and hysterical passages that leave the reader wanting more. And in my case, it left this reader rereading just to capture the magic again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book is as subtle as summer rain, with the typical easy-going style of Mr. Keillor. He is truly a master of empathy, and also in mesmerizing us to follow his path to understand human beings. It is also a remarkable feat how he takes little things in life and makes them incredibly dramatic. When the drama and emotional suspense reaches its peak, however, he manages to avoid cliches and unnecessary overdramatization by his unique humour and warmth. This is a book I wholeheartedly recommend
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