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About Wobegon Boy. John Tollefson, a son of Lake Wobegon, has moved East to manage a radio station at a college for academically challenged children of financially gifted parents in upstate New York.

About Wobegon Boy. Having achieved this pleasant perch, John has a brilliant idea for a restaurant specializing in fresh sweet corn. And he falls in love with an historian named Alida Freeman, hard at work on a book about a nineteenth-century Norwegian naturopath, an acquaintance of Lincoln, Thoreau, Whitman, and Susan B. Anthony.

WOBEGON BOY. Garrison Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota, and is the host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion. He is the author of nine books, all published by Penguin, including Lake Wobegon Days and Lake Wobegon Summer 1956

WOBEGON BOY. He is the author of nine books, all published by Penguin, including Lake Wobegon Days and Lake Wobegon Summer 1956. A teacher at the University of Minnesota and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he lives in St. Paul with his wife and daughter. WOBEGON BOY. Garrison Keillor. Published by the Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) In. 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, . Penguin Group (Canada), 90 Eglinton Avenue East,.

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Often funny, sometimes sad, his detailed reminiscences of Lake Wobegon captured the public's imagination when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4. 'Half memoir, half fiction, Lake Wobegon Days is wholly a success' - The Times.

Garrison Keillor returns to Lake Wobegon in "a masterful portrait of the sort of small-town world that many of us Americans believe we grew up in, or would have liked t. .A wonderfully readable tale". "The Washington Post Book World". 5 people like this topic. by. Keillor, Garrison. Imaginary place), Norwegian Americans. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana.

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  • I bought this book some time ago, and didn't get around to reading it. Garrison Keillor retired from PHC, and I kind of missed the old Wobegon stories. I picked up this book, and was once again smack dab in the middle of the little town that time forgot. I remembered the jokes and stories, nothing new here. If you're feeling nostalgic, then this story might satisfy, but it is like your old weird uncle, better in small doses and more appreciated from a distance. I am fonder of it now that it's done. I feel that I have satisfied my nostalgia, and can wave goodbye to my weird uncle.

  • I have been a fan of Garrison Keillor for years, and I expected this book to be so much funnier than it was! There were glimpses of humor when the main character told stories about members of his family or people from his hometown, but for the most part I found it tedious. There were many interesting characters, however the main character was not one of them. I guess I will stick to The Prairie Home Companion!

  • Wobegon Boy was entertaining. I have always liked Garrison Keillor, and love his sense of humor and his honest, down-home ways...This book did not disappoint in those areas. It was a good "recreational read." Thanks for it.

  • When your from Minnesota originally and moved away many years ago you get taken back with the humor. Little things you betcha are just as you remember. Great place to grow up and Garrison reminds you why some times you do what you do.This is a fun read.

  • I always enjoy the work of Garrison Keillor. This was especially delightful ,very human showed real emotions. Easy, funny and very clever

  • Reading a Garrison Keillor book (except for the bizzare Book of Guys) is like laying on a couch next to a fire under a comforter while the rain falls outside. Wobegon Boy continues the Keillor streak of writing "comfortable" literature. The characters are solidly defined, the dialogue is witty, and the situations that arise in the book are sharply told.
    There aren't any surprises in Wobegon Boy. The subject is one that Keillor has visited many times. But, then again, one doesn't buy a Garrison Keillor book to be surprised. One gets his books to rekindle the feelings of home and family that one possesses (or wishes they possessed) in their minds. And Wobegon Boy is more than adequate to meeting this task.

  • I am currently reading Wobegon Boy by Garrison Keillor. He is a great writer. I love his descriptions and his wit. Every single little blurb about the book on the back cover and the first pages praises it as funny and witty. I, though, would sum up the book with this word: tragic. In this book, Keillor grows out of the small midwestern town he grew up in, with all of its Norwegian Lutheran roots. He goes to New York to become a success. When he goes back home, he finds it beneath him to find any common ground with his sister. He considers her to have thrown away her life when she turned down a scholarship to the university to instead marry the man she loved and help him work his way through seminary. Meanwhile, Keillor's girlfriend back in New York refuses to marry him, and when she tells him that she doesn't know if she even believes in marriage, he is too spineless to say that he disagrees with her. He freely admits that his life has been wasted, but at the same time, he looks down on the people he grew up with as uncultured and uneducated. He never bothers to ask them if they're happy. The book makes me question what I value in life, and that is loving someone and being loved, and sitting on the porch with a glass of iced tea, reading a good book or chatting with a friend. I was telling Mr.M about the height of conceit of the author, and he asked me why I kept reading the book. I likened it to going for a hike, when you start getting tired and hot but you feel compelled to keep going because there might be an amazing view around the next bend; and then you get to that next bend and there is nothing special about it, but you think the next bend might be something special . . . and so on and so on. I keep waiting to see if Keillor's ever going to see his hypocrisy and arrogance for what it is. I want to see if he'll realize his definition of success caused him to waste so much of his life when he could have been happy.

  • I am a rabid fan of Mr. Keillor, and this was a replacement purchase. I try to read this about once a year.