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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140131566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140131567
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"The Wizard of Lake Wobegon here collects 'in one neat pile' 10 poems and 57 prose pieces, ranging in length from less than a page to as many as 22. . . . Taken singly, the pieces amuse, bemuse or arouse; in bulk, they stand up less well, because they are repetitive and not fully developed," judged PW. 250,000 first printing.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Devoted friends of Lake Wobegon residents will surely welcome this opportunity to be filled in on what some of the gang has been up to and also to learn what Keillor himself has been doing and thinking since he closed down the Prairie Home Companion show in 1987. "I've been on the job and not sunning myself in Denmark," he tells us. And this new collection of 70 or so essays, stories, letters, and poems would seem to bear that out. They follow pretty closely the original Keillor recipe: a little shrewd observation, a slice of nostalgia, a dash of wit, laughter to taste, and a sprinkle of malice for piquancy. His topics are various--too various to particularize. Keillor is at his best, or his distinctive qualities have their freest scope, when he adds a touch of personal reminiscence to his themes. For discriminating palates.
- A. J. Anderson, G.S.L.I.S., Simmons Coll., Boston
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Valerie K Starkgraf on August 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
This work represents a *hodgepodge* of Garrison Keillor works that would not have fit well published in any of his other books. If you are looking for a book about the life and times of Lake Wobegon, MN, this is not it. Even so, there are a good many short pieces in this book that make it a DEFINITE ASSET to your collection. My favorites include "The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra" (a hilarious parody on "The Young Musician's Guide to the Orchestra"), the poem "The Old Shower Stall", the essay on sneezing, the essay on letter writing, and Keillor's commentary on being voted one of the sexiest men in America. Though not typical in his established "The News From Lake Wobegon" story form, the poetry and prose in this collection are definitely typical Keillor humor!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
And listening, Garrison, to your weekly escapades in Lake Wobegon.
But, of course, this book is not a member of the elite Lake Wobegon Trilogy (Wobegon Days, Leaving Home, Wobegon Boy), but something else entirely.
The stories here are terrific. Some laugh-out-loud funny, some touching.
The story "He Didn't Go to Canada", the story of the author's 'grueling' experience in the Minnesota Elite Guard had a special resonance to me. I can't say too much, lest I spoil it.
Letters From Jack is great too. A collection of less-than-inspiring one-way correspondance from Prarie Home Companion's first sponsor, Jack's Auto Service.
"Your Book Saved My Life, Mister" is a cute treatise on the price of fame that comes with being a book author. Though I must say, if you have the opportunity, hear this story read out loud by the author sometime. It's on his tape, Stories, and it just works better when listening to it.
A few of the stories drag on a bit, and are less than entertaining, as do some of the poetry. Nonetheless, if you are looking for a book to make you smile, laugh, or sigh, this is the one.
Let me leave you with this: "I think you're the best lyric poet in the world, but your critical essays REALLY suck." Read the book. You'll get it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Franklin the Mouse on January 9, 2011
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Mr. Keillor's collection is broken down into five sections. The first is entitled "Pieces" and are not his best work. The stories are quite surreal with a few gems of text. In the second section, "The Lake", the author finds his stride with very funny, insightful vignettes of Lake Wobegon residents. The third, "Letters", are wonderful nonfiction columns about a wide variety of subjects. Mr. Keillor's talents shine in this forum. He can take the most mundane situation and cull funny, heartwarming messages. The forth section, "Poems", was okay, but this has more to do with my indifference to most poetry. However, his gets extra points in my book for starting off with a scatological composition. The final collection, "Stories", is a mixed bag. Some of the works were wonderful; others were blah. However, Mr. Keillor is such a talented writer that even his more boring pieces had some great bon mots. The author's work are not the kind of material the reader should rush through. I could practically hear his lackadaiscal voice while reading. It made for a much more pleasurable experience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Kettlewell on December 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Not really fair to review this now - I'm a bit hazy on it. Because it's an anthology of humorous/whimsical articles and a few daydream stories, I wisely only read it in small doses over a while - the pieces suffer if you read too many in a row, and weren't written for this. Still it means I'm not as up on exactly why it got an A-.
 
Several pieces are definitely not worthy of an A, though few would drop below a B. I recall really relishing 'Who do you think you are?', a reflection on dealing with the assumption of mediocrity. 'The Current Crisis in Remorse' was a clever satire on the much (legitimately) pilloried denial of guilt in the courts. How to write a letter was on the money, and particularly the first of 'Three Marriages' was quite touching and felt authentic.
 
He's in the same category as P.J. O'Rourke, but less biting, and his humour is not so much the clever one-liner as a slow characterisation. He rides on the edge of sentimentality but somehow rarely crosses it, managing warmth and definitive whimsicality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Colladay on December 18, 2012
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This book does not, in my opinion, live up to the standard that I have come to expect from Mr. Keillor. For the first time, I will not finish the book, since I find too much of it to be (putting it mildly) boring. There are many excellent Keillor books, I just did not find this to be one of them. Spoken as a fan of Garrison.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on July 3, 2007
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This was the first book I've read by Garrison Keillor, and while it was slow in parts - there were some definite laugh out loud stories. I was completely amused that he used the F word, too ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coordinator Clive on February 1, 2013
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Another of my favorite Garrison Keillor's books as full of truth and humour.
Recemnd to all his followers - BUY IT!
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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.

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