The Keillor Reader: Looking Back at Forty Years of Stories: Where Did They All Come From?
The first retrospective from New York Timesbestselling author Garrison Keillor celebrates the humor and wisdom of this master storyteller. With an introduction and headnotes by the author, along with accompanying photographs and memorabilia, The Keillor Reader brings together a full range of Keillor's work. Included are the Pontoon monologue, in which twenty-four Lutheran pastors capsize a boat as a parasail and hot-air balloon maneuver above; the Alaska adventures of professional wrestler Jimmy Big Boy Valenti; a new version of Casey at the Bat; an imaginative memoir of life at the New Yorker; and a set of precepts for life, What Have We Learned So Far?
"Keillor spin[s] his entire life experience into tales that may be fantastical but are always . . . true to life . . . honoring it, in all its wild permutations and possibilities. . . . This gem of a book will resuscitate you." "--Minneapolis StarTribune"
"What really appeal[s] about Garrison's work[s] . . . is that they're so human . . . so wonderfully specific and funny that they become universal, and manage to move across generations."
"Heir to Mark Twain, James Thurber and E. B. White, Keillor offers more than laconic, sometimes-rueful, reports from the fictional Midwestern town of Lake Wobegon. Besides selected "Prairie Home Companion" monologues--written in an adrenaline rush on the morning of each show--this collection contains poetry, fiction and assorted essays, each introduced by autobiographical musings. . . . Lovely." --"Kirkus Reviews" Praise for Garrison Keillor "Keillor is very clearly a genius. His range and stamina alone are incredible--after 30 years, he rarely repeats himself--and he has the genuine wisdom of a Cosby or Mark Twain. He's consistently funny about Midwestern fatalism . . . and he's a masterful storyteller." --Sam Anderson, "Slate" "Keillor has always been a great cataloger, equal parts Homer and Montgomery Ward, . . . as aware of life's betrayals and griefs as [he] is of the grace notes and buffooneries that leaven everyday existence. Keillor's Lake Wobegon books have become a set of synoptic gospels, full of wistfulness and futility yet somehow spangled with hope." --Thomas Mallon, "New York Times Book Review" "A literary cartographer would find it necessary to trace, in forceful blue lines, tributary streams running from Mark Twain and Sherwood Anderson to the Wobegonian river of stories and novels that has issued from Garrison Keillor for more than 20 years." --"Chicago Tribune"
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