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How to Talk Minnesotan: Revised for the 21st Century

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A revised edition of the hilarious Minnesotan culture guide from a former writer for A Prairie Home Companion

Fans of the Minnesota-set movie Fargo will love this uproarious culture guide to all-things Minnesotan. With his dry wit and distinctive voice, Howard Mohr won millions of fans across the country on Garrison Keillor’s radio show A Prairie Home Companion. His popular
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Penguin Books
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Sep 17, 2013 Valerie rated it really liked it
So, you want to learn how to talk Minnesotan, then. Good deal. “How to Talk Minnesotan: Revised for the 21st Century” by Howard Mohr is not too bad a book if you like that sort of thing. I don’t want you to think I didn’t like it.
I compare it to a good hot dish: there’s lots of stuff in there, and it’s pretty easy to digest, for the most part. I like books that make me laugh, but only on the inside. If you see me smirking, that means I’m having a heckuva good time. I don’t think I had the though
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May 12, 2013 Miriam Downey rated it really liked it
Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c...

Well folks, I am not going to write a review of How to Talk Minnesotan at all, except to say that the revisions for the 21st century of this classic book will be out on May 28. Not much changes in Minnesota, so the revisions are minimal, except to changes in the prices on the advertisements and a few other additions.

The other day, I heard the checkout woman say, "You bet!" to me as I cashed out at the grocery. When I asked her if
Oct 30, 2015 Elizabeth rated it liked it
A quasi-satirical guide to life, language, and culture in Minnesota. The parts of the book that work best revolve around dialogue and body language; Mohr totally nails phenomena like "you bet," "that's different," our avoidance of confrontation and strong emotions, the Minnesota Long Goodbye, etc. But then there's a lot of other stuff -- advertisements for fake products, long stories about fictional farmers and law suits and historical events -- that left me cold. Still, worth a skim. If you gre ...more
Apr 07, 2016 Ardys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a hoot! Shared it with several people.
Oct 09, 2015 Doug rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books of humor related to MN. Must reading for any transplanted Minnesotans, especially Iowegians. Native Minnesotans won't get it.
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Oct 12, 2015 Alethea Bothwell rated it really liked it
I loved the first one, I love this one - ALTHOUGH there is not a huge amount of new material. Still it never hurts to revisit old favorites.
Aug 14, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: minnesota
The pefect mix of hilarious exaggeration and "hey, I've actually been hearing that!" So would I reccomend it to other transplants then? You bet.
Nov 17, 2013 Lindsay rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of the Prairie Home companion on NPR, and this is in the same style humor - the author is also a writer for that program.
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Feb 18, 2015 Brittany Holmgren rated it liked it
The original was better - I did not feel the modern additions added much in most cases.
Sep 11, 2014 Daniela rated it really liked it
A charming, funny read!
Aug 18, 2014 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Love it.
May 01, 2016 Lynne rated it really liked it
Not a joke book. There is realism with the hilarity. One needs to be from the area to catch some of the dry wit. Is dated and the author did bring some up to date in the 25th anniversary version. I enjoyed it. I did read small bits at a time and that was beneficial I believe.
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Jul 24, 2016 Mark Hartzer rated it really liked it
mmm, lutefisk; hotdish; coffee. Not bad. More like a 3.5 star book, but entertaining anyway.
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Howard Mohr was a writer and performer for several years on the radio program A Prairie Home Companion. He has since created two long-running musicals based on How to Talk Minnesotan. Twin Cities Public Television filmed a popular award-winning version of Howard’s book in 1991. He lives with his wife in Cottonwood, Minnesota.
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“On the other hand, if you drive to Minnesota you could have car trouble right away and be towed to a gas station: —“I don’t like the sound of that thing. At first I thought maybe just moisture in the distributor cap, but now, I don’t know, I think we’re talking valves here, or a broken piston.” —“I appreciate your concern.” —“You bet. Goin’ far?” —“I guess not.” 1 likes
“Getting Started in Minnesotan Handy Words and Phrases   You bet   That’s different   Whatever These three workhorses of Minnesota conversation will carry you through your first scary hours here. Memorize them, work on them at home with your family, repeat them until they are second nature. They are the building blocks of all dialogue.” 1 likes
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