Happy to Be Here

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Select Penguin, 1986 - Fiction - 275 pages
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"Keillor's best stuff is clean (in the sense that lines are clean), down to earth, exquisitely good-hearted, highly ludicrous, and as labored as nitrous oxide. This book will either leave you dumbfounded or happy -almost deservedly happy -to be anywhere" -The New York Times Book Review "His humor is cerebral and complex, a blend of romance and nostalgia; it sparklingly parodies the American (and human) condition. His stories and satires glow with a sense of time and place." -The Washington Post

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Keillor's parodies, satires, and whimsies—which have been appearing in The New Yorker since 1969—rarely provide big laughs or Perelmanic dazzle; but they do have an affectionate, easygoing, back ... Read full review

Contents

The True Story of a lhung Person I
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The Slim Graves Show
46
Friendly Neighbor
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About the author (1986)

Humorist Garrison Keillor was born Gary Edward Keillor in Anoka, Minnesota on August 7, 1942. He began using the pen name Garrison at the age of thirteen. He received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1966 and paid for his tuition by working at the campus radio station. In 1974, he wrote an essay for the New Yorker about the Grand Ole Opry, which led to his live radio program, A Prairie Home Companion. Stories from Prairie Home were collected and published, but his debut as a novelist was in 1985 with Lake Wobegon Days. His other novels include WLT: A Radio Romance, The Book of Guys, Wobegon Boy, Me by Jimmy (Big Boy) Valente, and Good Poems, American Places. He has also written the children's books Cat, You Better Come Home, The Old Man Who Loved Cheese, and The Sandy Bottom Orchestra. He won a Grammy Award for his recording of Lake Wobegon Days and has been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.

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