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Liberty | [Garrison Keillor]

Liberty

Lake Wobegon is in a frenzy of preparations for the Fourth of July. The town is dizzy with anticipation - until they hear of Clint's ambition to run for Congress. They know about his episodes with vodka sours, his rocky marriage, and his friendship with the 24-year-old who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty for the parade and may be buck naked beneath her robes. In Keillor's words, "It is Lake Wobegon as you imagined it - good loving people who drive each other crazy."
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Publisher's Summary

Garrison Keillor returns to the little town we love and continues to chronicle the lives of our favorite folks.

Lake Wobegon is in a frenzy of preparations for the Fourth of July. This being Wobegon, lives collide and relationships develop in the oddest ways. Take Clint Bunson, the treasurer of the Lutheran church and the auto mechanic who starts cars on below-zero mornings. For six years, he has run the Fourth of July parade, turning what was once a line of pickup trucks into an event of dazzling spectacle.

The town is dizzy with anticipation - until they hear of Clint's ambition to run for Congress. They know about his episodes with vodka sours, his rocky marriage, and his friendship with the 24-year-old who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty for the parade and may be buck naked beneath her robes.

In Keillor's words, "It is Lake Wobegon as you imagined it - good loving people who drive each other crazy."

©2008 Garrison Keillor; (P)2008 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"Keillor's Lake Wobegon books have become a set of synoptic gospels, full of wistfulness and futility yet somehow spangled with hope." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Christopher KillawarraAustralia 02-19-09
    Christopher KillawarraAustralia 02-19-09
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    "Great for a long country drive."

    I have been a great fan of Garrison Keillor for over 20 years. Listening to Prairie Home Companion on relay to Australia has been part of our family Sunday evening tradition all that time. Some of the episodes in this tale were familiar from the "News From Lake Wobegone", but it was really great to have them connected in a continuous narrative. Garrison Keillor reads his tale really well. But I think that a huge part of the success of "News From Lake Wobegone" is the brilliant rapport between Garrison and his audience. The absense of this spark is the difference between four and five stars in my opinion.
    I do wonder if listeners unfamilar with the folk of Lake Wobegone might miss some of the background knowledge that gives an instant picture of pesonalities when a name is first mentioned.
    The quality of the reading and recording are first rate. If you are familiar with Lake Wobegone I think that you would really enjoy this audiobook, especially on a long drive to the Back of Beyond.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Castro Valley, CA, USA 07-19-09
    Richard Castro Valley, CA, USA 07-19-09 Member Since 2003
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    "A must-listen for the Prarie Home Companion fan"

    If you're not a PHC fan, no promises. However, if you love the News from Lake Wobegon, you'll eat this up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 01-02-11
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 01-02-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Liberty for Lake Wobegoen"

    I have been a fan of Keillor for some time. Anyone who has a chance to see his radio show in person, should do so. I have enjoyed his books and have met him once to my delight. This is not one of his better books, but it is very entertaining nonetheless. The characters are familiar to readers who know him and his insights into human thought and behavior are stimulating as always. Anyone who has not heard of or read after Keillor would, perhaps, better start with another of his volumes. Also, if you are listening to this book in the car with others or around children, there are some mildly graphic segments which you may want to avoid. Otherwise, Keillor fans enjoy. The book is a grood driving across the country listen and, of course, Mr. Keillor's reading is wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alana Middletown, CA, United States 01-08-14
    Alana Middletown, CA, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Keillor's novels"

    Garrison Keillor is a great storyteller, but this skill doesn't a novel make. I thought because this novel took place in Lake Wobegon it would be as entertaining as his short stories, but this concept turned out to be simply not the case.

    After awhile, Garrison's narration sounds whiny and I didn't want to hear him drone on.

    I couldn't finish the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Walker Texas in the winter, NY in the summer 12-18-13
    Kathryn Walker Texas in the winter, NY in the summer 12-18-13 Member Since 2004

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    "Surprising"
    If you could sum up Liberty in three words, what would they be?

    I think of Garrison Keillor as the affable host on Prairie Home Companion. This story has some elements I found surprising, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I could listen to GK daily!


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    E. Pearson Idaho 11-23-11
    E. Pearson Idaho 11-23-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Keillor's Essays are His Strength"

    I was into this story pretty well for a couple of chapters, but eventually faded out. This is my third attempt at reading Keillor's fiction, with identical reactions. It's as though his self -imposed "family-appropriate" style with essays is utterly forsaken in his fiction, and the resutlt is that the otherwise delightful story is sacrificed for the freedom of being just a little bit "naughty" with his language and characters. I can handle rough language, sex and the meandering throughts of senility-bound men as well as most readers,, but if I'm to sacrifice this much time to a novel, I feel there must be a reasonable point or artfulness to the content. It strikes me that Keillor has not yet managed to devise a reliable style of writing fiction where he can inhabit both the worlds of great story-telling and edgy content. When he does, I will be an eager reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Bronx, NY, United States 02-26-11
    Beverly Bronx, NY, United States 02-26-11
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    "The Pursuit of Happiness succeeds with Liberty"

    There is no one better to read Garrison Keillor than Garrison Keillor. This is a great book for a road trip or for stay at home entertainment. I've been a fan of A Prairie Home Companion for decades and listening to an extended adult tale about my favorite Minnesota town was a delight. This is a story I will certainly revisit.

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    Lori Lawton, OK, United States 11-11-12
    Lori Lawton, OK, United States 11-11-12

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    "Terrible."
    Would you try another book from Garrison Keillor and/or Garrison Keillor?

    I love tales from lake woebegone, but this was terrible. I finished it because I had paid for it, but it was not the small town America that I was hoping to read about. It was about infidelity and destruction of the family. Terrible.


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    Donna West Chicago, IL, United States 02-19-10
    Donna West Chicago, IL, United States 02-19-10 Member Since 2008
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    "slow"

    I had a hard time sticking with this book. It was all just a bunch of meaningless tidbits that didn't culminate into much. I didn't care about the characters or the story.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Every bit as good as Lake Wobegon"

    To begin with I didn't find this quite as easy to get into as Keillor's 'Lake Wobegon' but, once I did, it was excellent. As with Lakewobegon,the story is about a town populated by likeable eccentrics and yet the characters and the story itself are entirely plausible.There's a tremondous warmth to this book and I would strongly recommend it.

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