Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 27, 2002 - Fiction - 304 pages
22 Reviews
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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Review: Lake Wobegon Summer, 1956

User Review  - Alex Hackett - Goodreads

Lake Wobegon by Garrison Keillor is a book of pointless nonsense. There is no storyline to this book. I feel as though the book itself is just a collection of memories that has no significant ending ... Read full review

Review: Lake Wobegon Summer, 1956

User Review  - Jack Casey - Goodreads

Well, I thought it was one of the best books I have read so far this year, and I enjoyed, now heres my review... Its 1956, and summertime in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, and Garrison Keillor is going to ... Read full review


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Garrison Keillor, author of nearly a dozen books, is founder and host of the acclaimed radio show A Prairie Home Companion and the daily program The Writer's Almanac. He is also a regular contributor to Time magazine.

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