Leaving Home

Leaving Home Revisit the beguiling comic world of Lake Wobegon In the first collection of Lake Wobegon monologues Keillor tells readers about some of the people from Lake Wobegon Days and introduces some new face

  • Title: Leaving Home
  • Author: Garrison Keillor
  • ISBN: 9780571194186
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Revisit the beguiling comic world of Lake Wobegon In the first collection of Lake Wobegon monologues, Keillor tells readers about some of the people from Lake Wobegon Days and introduces some new faces Leaving Home is a book of exceptional charm delightful genuinely touching The Wall Street Journal.

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  • Garrison Keillor

    Garrison Keillor born Gary Edward Keillor on August 7, 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota is an American author, storyteller, humorist, columnist, musician, satirist, and radio personality He is known as host of the Minnesota Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion.Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota, the son of Grace Ruth n e Denham and John Philip Keillor, who was a carpenter and postal worker His father had English ancestry, partly by way of Canada Keillor s paternal grandfather was from Kingston, Ontario His maternal grandparents were Scottish immigrants, from Glasgow The family belonged to the Plymouth Brethren, a fundamentalist Christian denomination Keillor has since left He is six feet, three inches 1.9 m tall Keillor is a member of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party In 2006 he told Christianity Today that he was attending the Episcopal church in Saint Paul, after previously attending a Lutheran church in New York.Keillor graduated from Anoka High School in 1960 and from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor s degree in English in 1966 During college, he began his broadcasting career on the student operated radio station known today as Radio K.Keillor has been married three times.Garrison Keillor started his professional radio career in November 1969 with Minnesota Educational Radio, now Minnesota Public Radio He hosted The Morning Program on weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m on KSJR 90.1 FM at St John s University, which the station called A Prairie Home Entertainment The show s eclectic music was a major divergence from the station s usual classical fare During this time he also began submitting fiction to The New Yorker, where his first story, Local Family Keeps Son Happy, appeared on September 19, 1970.Keillor resigned from The Morning Program in February 1971 to protest a perceived attempt to interfere with his musical programming The show became A Prairie Home Companion when he returned in October.A Prairie Home Companion debuted as an old style variety show before a live audience on July 6, 1974, featuring guest musicians and a cadre cast doing musical numbers and comic skits replete with elaborate live sound effects The show was punctuated by spoof commercial spots from fictitious sponsors such as Powdermilk Biscuits The show also contains parodic serial melodramas, such as The Adventures of Guy Noir, Private Eye and The Lives of the Cowboys Keillor voices Noir and other recurring characters, and also provides vocals for some of the show s musical numbers.A Prairie Home Companion ran until 1987, when Keillor decided to end it to focus on other projects In 1989, he launched another live radio program from New York City, The American Radio Company of the Air which had almost the same format as A Prairie Home Companion s In 1992, he moved ARC back to St Paul, and a year later changed the name back to A Prairie Home Companion it has remained a Saturday night fixture ever since.Keillor has been called o ne of the most perceptive and witty commentators about Midwestern life by Randall Balmer in Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism He has written numerous magazine and newspaper articles and than a dozen books for adults as well as children He has also written for Salon and authored an advice column at Salon under the name Mr Blue In 2004 Keillor published a collection of political essays, Homegrown Democrat A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America, and in June 2005 he began a column called The Old Scout , which ran at Salon and in syndicated newspapers The column went on hiatus in April 2010.Keillor wrote the screenplay for the 2006 movie A Prairie Home Companion, directed by Robert Altman Keillor also appears in the movie.

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  • As always with Keillor, my thoughts on his fiction are colored by being from a place pretty similar to the Lake Wobegone of his books. I always think of the people he writes about as "my people" and am therefore prepossesed to liking his work. Still, I don't think I'm way off base by saying this book has a lot of humanity in it. If I have it right, all of the 30 or so chapters that make up Leaving Home are taken from Keillor's radio show and transcribed. As usual, they concern the small time goi [...]


  • Garrison Keillor is my favorite storyteller. He has an amazing gift of calming and soothing and forcing you to think and remember and contemplate and enjoy – all in the half stupor of contentment. Most of these stories don’t even have a tangible point. There’s no moral. There’s no lesson to be learned or underlying archetypal subplot defining a genre and exploding with controversy. They’re just stories about a small town in Minnesota and the people’s lives who live there. And part of [...]


  • classic stories of lake woebegone, funny as all hell. i love prairie home companion so when i found this for free outside of the very cute jackson, nh library i scooped it up. very easy reading and perfect for an afternoon on a screened in porch in a small town.


  • Another in the Lake Wobegon franchise, this book is a compendium of, what seems to be, his radio monologues. They offer the familiar tableau, but are a shade less enjoyable than his others (below). Perhaps they suffer from the weekly nature - some are better than others, and they don't hang together as a narrative. They come off as sketches for what we know can be grander. Highly recommend his other books but save this one for last.


  • From my 1991 Journal:I am reading Leaving Home, only it is more like sitting up and paying attention to life. Garrison Keillor captures the beauty in the most mundane of moments. Here are some lines I like:Every summer I'm a little bigger, but riding the ferris wheel, I feel the same as ever, I feel eternal. . .The wheel carries us up high, high, high, and stops, and we sit swaying, creaking in the dark . . .[one year I had this vision]: little kids holding on to their daddy's hand, and he is me [...]


  • 'It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon'I don't often re-read books as I've always got too many new ones waiting to be read, but I love Garrison Keillor's stories so much that I'm always happy to read them again. I first read Leaving Home back in the eighties, and, feeling the need for a warm, comforting sort of midwinter read, picked it off my bookshelf as I finished my last book and was soon lost in Keillor's wonderful stories of life among the Norwegian Lutherans of this forgotten corner of n [...]


  • Last year, here in Australia, I had a visitor from Minnesota. My brother reminded me of Garrison Keillor and bought me a copy of this book. We had listened to his radio broadcasts in the 80s. It was a joy to read these broadcasts. Keillor conjures the community with such affection. His story-telling is at its best when direct - with short and deceptively simple sentences that undercut each other:"Daryl is forty-two years old and he's got no more ownership of this farm than if he'd gone off and b [...]


  • A Return to Lake Wobegon (for me)Originally published in 1987.I stepped away from Garrison Keillor for a while. I don't know why, but I forgot about Lake Wobegon for about 15 years. But, I have returned for the occasional visit for a couple of years now and I find that I missed these stories. Having grown up Lutheran in rural Indiana I find quite a connection with these stories.Keillor melancholy yet heartwarming stories of the people in and around the fictional Minnesota town of Lake Wobegon ar [...]


  • Liberal-Minded Contraband @ Fort Knox, during Basic Training? I love Garrison, and even followed his example by traveling to Scandinavia in 1986. But heck, I was learning to kill Commies, after all, and practiced shooting at the Red-Star pop-up targets on the firing range. Fearing it would be taken away from me and getting into trouble, I tossed this book into a barrel, just before beginning my (4) months of Cavalry Scout (19-Delta) training, just to be safe. It was still Reagan's U.S. Army. How [...]


  • I enjoyed the amusing and stirring vinettes about the fictional town of Lake Wobegone. I listen to the Prarie Home Companion News From Lake Wobegone podcast (oh technology, linking the lost art of live radio with my interweb surfing), and I heard Keillor's slow, flat voice in my head the whole time I was reading this book. I had a little trouble telling who the narrator was at first - was it Keillor, a non-specific townsperson, someone else? - until another character mentioned the narrator by na [...]


  • I grew up in the Midwest, and we´re always taught that there´s nothing special about us. We´re raised to be humble. As such, I didn´t really appreciate Keillor until I´d moved away.The reason I first read this book was that I´d seen a dance performance based on one of the stories. Yep, a dance performance! It was so funny that I had to read the rest of the books, I haven´t stopped since, and it drew me to NPR. Moving to the East Coast, I discovered that yes, indeed there is something VERY [...]


  • I love Garrison Keillor. It's racy stuff and there are big changes in Lake Woebegone in this volume. Darlene leaves the Chatterbox Cafe and well, that's about it really. In fact I am considering moving to Minnesota, becoming Norwegian and joining to the Church of the Sanctified Brethren. However, I am not sure of the process of converting to being Norwegian.The greatest compliment you could pay to Garrison Keillor is that he makes what he does seem so easy and effortless. Funny, charming, knowi [...]


  • Garrison Keiller's take on rural life is a refreshing blend of modern sensibility and nostalgia. He pits the denizens of Lake Wobegon against all the vagaries of life that keep us wondering who we really have on our side. Whether maintaining a livelihood, managing a household, leading a congregation, or nursing a relationship, the Lake Wobegon way of doing things always seems to be a makeshift way. His tales are bright with humor and warm with empathy.


  • Leaving Home was the first Garrison Keillor I'd read, and it's my favourite of his books. The stories still make me smile, laugh, and even tear up a little. Bits of them read like poetry to me. My partner and I sometimes take our dog-eared copy camping with us, and we take turns reading the stories aloud while tucked up in our sleeping bags.


  • Although we didn't have a TV when I was growing up, my parents did let us listen to a Prarie Home Companion. I loved listening to the Lake Woebegone stories, so I'm so glad to have them collected in a book where I can reread them and enjoy their humor and poignancy. My favorite of all time is "Truckstop."


  • Lake Wobegon is the place she the women are all strong, the men are good looking and the children are all above average. And in this small volume of short stories Kellior takes us back to this small town and the people who live there.There are some entertaining stories in here, and other that are less good. But it is nicely written with some razor sharp wit.


  • This is fun to read out loud, in my best Garrison Keillor voice -- not really, but I do read it out loud to my daughter and she invariably falls asleep. But, I love it and it makes me laugh. I do wonder, though, if you'd have to have lived in the Midwest to get all of the humor?


  • Garrison Keillor has a unique brand of humor you either love or hate, I personally love it! This book is not a novel, but a collection of stories about hometown life in Lake Wobegon from an author with a unique voice. Don't miss it!


  • What a wonderful way to begin a year of reading. Something light and funny in Lake Wobegon. A true feel good read where all the women are strong.


  • I've read a few of Garrison Keillor's longer books of single "Lake Wobegon" stories. They never seem to quite fit. The short stories are quick and packed full of character. Each has its own moral tale or life lesson. I really enjoyed this book and was so engrossed I actually felt a pang of loss knowing that when he wrote this he had left PHC and was unsure of his future and the future of Lake Wobegon. We all of course know that both PHC and Lake Wobegon were revived a few years later. Great piec [...]


  • This is decent. The stories are good and I like the laid back, homespun style of the tales. Not too repetitive of his other stuff. It can get a bit too laid back though. Meandering is part of its charm, but I could sometimes space out and lose the thread. I didn't always feel like bothering to try to follow.


  • Half star. When the baby boomers die Keillor's sales will dip drastically. If you enjoy G-rated anecdotes that are splattered into a book without much rhyme or reason, you will enjoy this. The writing is decent, but the content is so bland and somehow disconnected from what writing is supposed to do: entertain while SAYING SOMETHING, that it ends up feeling like a bunch of Ziggy cartoons written out and strung together, but less poingent and they take up a lot more of you time. The book is virtu [...]



  • Growing up, the only radio program that my father and I could agree on listening to in the car was A Prairie Home Companion. The extremely dry delivery of Garrison Keillor's humorous and subdued stories about the fictitious little town Lake Wobegon in Minnesota was something that both a rebellious adolescent and conservative businessman could both enjoy.I've read a couple of Garrison Keillor's book in the past, but it was so long ago and the stories have faded from my mind. The positive memories [...]


  • It seems to me I once heard someone say, “In every lie is a kernel of truth.” Or something like that.As a child, I would tell tall tales. I remember one time my mother chased me around with an electric cord because she was offended by something I said. She wasn't mad about a lie, but from something I forgot to tell her. She called me a “deceitful little bugger!” What's a bugger, anyway?I didn't learn my lesson. It was more fun to exaggerate and watch the eyes of the nuns roll around in t [...]


  • This is my favorite book in the whole world! (Bible not included) Being from the midwest, I laughed until I cried so often while reading this, that my husband asked me to read it in another room! It's weird because I haven't found other Garrison Keillor books to my taste. So if you're from a small town and a Christian especially, be prepared because it's hysterical.



  • His stuff is always easy to read -- some chapter are stronger than others, but still enjoyable and a good one to read before bed.


  • I'm a huge Garrison Keillor fan. So it's a bit funny that I didn't like this book more than I did. It's not a bad book and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's just that Garrison's monologues are so much part of my culture that it's difficult to read them, rather than to hear them. I found myself reading slower and actually hearing Garrison's voice in my head, reading the stories to me.This book is basically a collection of monologues that were originally aired on the Prairie Home Companion radio show [...]


  • This is one of the best short story collections I have ever read. This is the kind of stuff that made me fall in love with reading. The sort of book I am always, always after. I knew nothing about it when I picked it up I don't know when, or where for that matter, and only later found that it is part of the celebrated A Prairie Home Companion radio show; the monologues from that show titled News From Lake Wobegon 'slightly revised for print publication.' It is what it sounds like - everyday stor [...]


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