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Lake Wobegon Days
Garrison Keillor
If you've ever marveled at the simple elegance of a weather-worn gazebo resting in a small-town America park, or sat down in a Main-Street diner and felt right at home with the locals, then you'll know the warm feelings and hidden charms found in Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon Days.

Celebrating the quirks and idiosyncrasies of small-town America, part town history, part family remembrance, Lake Wobegon Days is imbued with a sly humor that picks at the silliness and the earnestness that are woven so tightly together in a small town. With acute observations we meet all kinds of characters: a family so destitute they had a vacuum cleaner with such poor suction that hairballs had to be stuffed into it, and who believed that "air-conditioning" was for the weak and indolent." We also meet Pete Peterson, the duck-hunter's duck-hunter, who shot ducks from bed! The portraits are varied: warm and funny, honest and revealing. The state of Minnesota, where the fictitious Lake Wobegon exists, is nicknamed the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and you'll be glad to lounge beside this one for a spell.

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