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By Garrison Keillor

Stories, monologues, and essays by means of Garrison Keillor, founder and host of A Prairie domestic Companion

The first retrospective from New York Times–bestselling writer Garrison Keillor celebrates the humor and knowledge of this grasp storyteller. With an advent and headnotes via the writer, in addition to accompanying photos and memorabilia, The Keillor Reader brings jointly an entire diversity of Keillor’s paintings. integrated are the “Pontoon” monologue, within which twenty-four Lutheran pastors capsize a ship as a parasail and hot-air balloon maneuver above; the Alaska adventures wrestler Jimmy “Big Boy” Valenti; a brand new model of “Casey on the Bat”; an imaginitive memoir of lifestyles on the New Yorker; and a suite of precepts for all times, “What Have We discovered So Far?”

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