Synopses & Reviews
“Its been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my home town . . .” Lake Wobegon has been Garrison Keillors fictional home town—and Americas—for almost 40 years. Many of us have grown up with “the little town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve.” The Chatterbox Café, the Sidetrack Tap, the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, the Bunsens and the Krebsbachs, the Lake Wobegon Whippets—these are places, people, and sports teams we know and love, thanks to Keillors ability to weave a story and tell it live.
Never before collected, these expertly crafted tales are full of gentle humor, genuine emotion, and (more often than not) surprising insights into family, relationships, community, faith, and hope.
"If there's something worth talking about in the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keillor has probably covered it on his radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. But despite his decades of telling Wobegon tales, listeners will find this latest compilation of recent radio segments an entertaining listen.Â Though Keillor's stories from Lake Wobegon move in all directions, this batch focuses on passing seasons, passing opportunities, and passing on. With his decades of experience in radio, Keillor proves a master behind the microphone, ably creating an intimacy with listeners, who will feel as if they are sitting down for a private talk with an old friend.Â Though some stories pack more of a punch than others, listeners will find the collection and another trip to Lake Wobegon enjoyable and full of idiosyncratic laughs." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“A Prairie Home Companion features wonderful guest stars and music, but from week to week what we really want to hear is Keillor relate his mythical news, which always sounds so personal and spontaneous. This collection features 18 humorous, insightful, and sometimes scatological examples.”
“Listeners will find the collection and another trip to Lake Wobegon enjoyable and full of idiosyncratic laughs.”
“Garrison Keillors wonderful brand of folksy charm distinguishes this nostalgic series that cherishes hard work and country culture.”
—Midwest Book Review
An all-new collection of Lake Wobegon monologues selected from live broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion.
About the Author
GARRISON KEILLOR is America’s favorite storyteller. For more than 35 years, as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, he has captivated millions of listeners with his weekly News from Lake Wobegon monologues. A Prairie Home Companion is heard on hundreds of public radio stations, as well as America One, the Armed Forces Networks, Sirius Satellite Radio, and via a live audio webcast.
Keillor is also the author of several books and a frequent contributor to national publications including Time, The New Yorker, and National Geographic, in addition to writing his own syndicated column. He has been awarded a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities. When not touring, he resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Table of Contents
Contents:Tundra SwansCrazy LoveArabian NightsThe Fish That Saved My LifeChickadee StewGargoylesLenore the LibertarianBad PizzaThe Great Lover ArrivesThe Trip to San JoseBowling BallsThe Ingqvists DepartThe CallingThe Arrival of LizThe Works of LizHolding OnHot SpringsAn Encounter with Liz