Item description for Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 by Garrison Keillor...
Overview The summer of 1956 in Lake Wobegon is full of the innocent delights of baseball and the agonizing rites of passage for 14-year-old Gary, an unforgettable young protagonist created by an American master. With his brilliant humor and trademark style, Keillor gives readers a glimpse of the making of a writer who comes of age in classic Wobegon style.
Publishers Description The Doo Dads are singing "My Girl" on the radio and fourteen-year-old Gary is studying pictures of naked women, aware that Grandpa is looking down from heaven wondering how the boy turned out so badly. He has never so much as kissed a girl, except his rebellious cousin Kate, a sophisticate of seventeen who knows about "The New Yorker" and also how to swear and exhale smoke rings. But this is a summer of change for Gary: he fights back against his bullying born-again sister and his tyrannical teacher, and most significantly, he receives an Underwood typewriter-a typewriter that will help Gary believe he can become a writer. With his trademark gift for treading "a line delicate as a cobweb between satire and sentiment" ("The Cleveland Plain Dealer"), Keillor's touching and funny novel brilliantly captures a newly minted America and delivers an unforgettable comedy about the universal aspects of adolescence-from first loves to fear and fascination with bodily functions.
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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.74" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2002
Publisher Penguin (Non-Classics)
ISBN 0142000930 ISBN13 9780142000939 UPC 051488014003
Availability 0 units.
More About Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keilloris the founder and host of A Prairie Home Companion, author of nineteen books of fiction and humor, and editor of the Good Poems collections. A Minnesota native, he lives in St. Paul and New York City."
Garrison Keillor currently resides in St. Paul, in the state of Minnesota. Garrison Keillor was born in 1942.
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A Journey Back Home Apr 7, 2008
Garrison Keillor delivers yet another home run with his trip down memory lane to fictional Lake Wobegon. Chock full of boyhood angst, baseball, religion, flatulence jokes and sexual fixation, Keillor elicits memories from his flock of loyal readers and creates a pseudo-memoir that stirs echoes of Bill Bryson's Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and David James Duncan's The Brothers K. High praise for this author and much deserved. If you're a man (especially one who grew up pecking away at his own Underwood) between the ages of 30 and 60, Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 is a 'must read'. I can't recommend it enough. Salmon Run
Classic Keillor Oct 30, 2007
There's nothing like a Keillor book to take you out of 2007 big-city craziness and bring you to another time and place. Like all of his others, a great stress reliever. As a child of the 50's, this one was close to home.
Lake Booger Summer 1956 Jun 12, 2007
Garrision ( Gary?) Keillor like Stephen King, hasn't forgotten what it was like to be young in a small town and "different"... Misbegotten English teachers and traitorous sisters who steal your girly book! Boogers and farts and constipation... dirty words and evil rock and roll are all of a time that endures. Swing / big Band is to rock and roll as rock and roll is to hip hop and rap? Music isn't valued for how it sounds alone, but how it makes parents act?
Charming Book; Ending Sucked. Mar 29, 2006
Keillor's trip back fifty years to the summer of 1956 is a charming slice of Americana, Wobegon style. At times this book was very funny, and it was frequently insightful. I wonder, also, at the extent to which it was autobiographical. I did think the way it was ended was sucky. I was pulling hard for things to go a different direction and was left feeling Keillor had betrayed the free spirit of his character, Kate, and also the tone of his first 270 pages. Oh well, it's his novel, after all, and, with its imaginative teenage boy just stretching his wings as a writer, with its minor league baseball played on hot summer afternoons, with its asides into how polite society recoiled from the rising force of rock and roll, and with its dead-on recreation of a bygone era down to its Sunday dinners and the tone to a small town Fourth of July, it's basically a good one. Four stars and a chuckle.
Summer - the way it used to be Jun 7, 2005
It's hard to tell which parts of this book are the most enjoyable - his exposure to the wiles of the opposite sex through the magazine "High School Orgies" and the rather basic primer provided him by his cousin Kate - his ongoing battle with his older sister over all kinds of sibling issues - his experience of becoming the newspaper reporter covering the Lake Wobegone Whippets and their talented new pitcher - his observations of the various personal foibles of all manner of friends and relatives - or just the way that Garrison Keilor tells a story. He makes it seem so easy, yet I defy you to sit down and write like he does. You can hear his voice coming off the pages and darned if it isn't more fun than shooting rats at the town dump to just sit there and let him tell you about being 14 in the Summer of 1956. Really!