Synopses & Reviews
In a book that is at once deeply personal and intellectually savvy, Homegrown Democrat
is a celebration of liberalism as the "politics of kindness." In his inimitable style, Keillor draws on a lifetime of experience amongst the hardworking, God-fearing people of the Midwest and pays homage to the common code of civic necessities that arose from the left: Protect the social compact. Defend the powerless. Maintain government as a necessary force for good.
As Keillor tells it, these are articles of faith that are being attacked by hard-ass Republican tax cutters who believe that human misery is a Dickensian fiction. In a blend of nostalgic reminiscence, humorous meditation, and articulate ire, Keillor asserts the values of his boyhood the values of Lake Wobegon that do not square with the ugly narcissistic agenda at work in the country today.
A thoughtful, wonderfully written book, Homegrown Democrat is Keillor's love letter to liberalism, the older generation, John F. Kennedy, the University of Minnesota, and the yellow-dog Democrat city of St. Paul that is sure to amuse and inspire Americans just when they need it most.
"Some urbanites will read Keillor's paeans to wise municipal Democratic stewardship with amusement, but all will appreciate Keillor's candor in distancing core Rooseveltian values from certain tendencies of political correctness and Yuppie hubris." Library Journal
"[A] graceful, loving celebration of the old-time Minnesota liberalism of the heart that is so sorely missed in today's politics." Washington Post
In a book that is at once deeply personal and intellectually savvy, this is a celebration of liberalism as the "politics of kindness." In his inimitable style, Keillor draws on a lifetime of experience amongst the hardworking, God-fearing people of the Midwest and pays homage to the common code of civic necessities that arose from the left.
In this thoughtful, deeply personal work, one of the nation's best-loved voices takes the plunge into politics and comes up with a book that has had all of America talking. Here, with great heart, supple wit, and a dash of anger, Garrison Keillor describes the simple democratic values-the Golden Rule, the obligation to defend the weak against the powerful, and others- that define his hard-working Midwestern neighbors and that today's Republicans seem determined to subvert. A reminiscence, a political tract, and a humorous meditation, Homegrown Democrat
is an entertaining, refreshing addition to today's rancorous political debate.
* A New York Times bestseller
* Updated and revised with a new introduction for the 2006 midterm elections
* A Featured Alternate Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club
About the Author
Garrison Keillor is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion, now in its 25th year on the air. He is the author of fourteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Love Me, Lake Wobegon Summer 1956, Wobegon Boy, and Lake Wobegon Days, and the editor of the anthology Good Poems. A member of the Academy of American of Arts and Letters, he lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.