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How to Talk Minnesotan: A Visitor's Guide

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  279 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Based in part on material written for A Prairie Home Companion, How to Talk Minnesotan will help visitors to Minnesota keep from sticking out like sore thumbs when they don't know the difference between not too bad a deal and a heckuva deal. Illustrated with line drawings.
Published August 4th 1987 by Turtleback Books
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Oct 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I've noticed about this book..and it's reviews...are that the people who aren't rating it very high...and saying it's 'really not that funny'...likely aren't from Minnesota and not presently living in Minnesota.

That being said, I read this book and pretty much laughed my ass off through the whole thing. I am Minnesota born and raised. This book is the truth! If you are from Minnesota and are willing to laugh at yourself & your neighbors...this is the book for you! OMG..ROFL!

Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chris
Shelves: non-fiction
This isn't the sort of book to read straight through, but to dip into, and in parts it is laugh-out-loud funny. Like the chapter on emotional outbursts (there aren't any) and on using negatives to express positive feelings, like saying, "Not too bad," or "It could be worse" when someone asks how you are. This stoic style also applies to doctors and hospitals ("We pretend we aren't sick until our symptoms are unmistakable...anybody could diagnose us by the time most of us make an appointment. On ...more
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, midwest
I would give it to my parents, but I think they wouldn't get the joke. That's how close to home this hit.

Better yet is identifying those who speak Minnesotan around you. Just the other day I heard someone describe a man: "He's an optimist. That's all right, I guess." CLASSIC MINNESOTAN.

But for that person who just doesn't know how to refuse food three times before accepting it, or that good-byes actually last a half hour, this is a great resource into the minds of Midwesterners.
Nov 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My friends gave me this book right before I went off to college in Minnesota. I read the book and thought it was pretty funny, but quickly discovered how true a lot of is was once I was there. Which, of course, made it even funnier.
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
This was okay. Some of the jokes are good, but the laughs are fewer and further between than I'd hoped.
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a friend gave me this-always cracks me up.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My wife is from Minnesota, so I have spent a fair amount of time there. This was an enjoyable read. Lots of tips for our next visit. Reminded me of a long skit on "prairie home companion"
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A guy sure could spend a lotta days laughing at the contents of this book if he felt so inclined. You bet.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this rather than read it, and I think it made it better. The accents and reading really made it real. I live in MN and caught myself numerous times thinking, "Oh, we do do that!"
Franco Pitacco
when I first read this book, it was an earlier edition and I was living in Minnesota.
I would have rated it 5*'
It was 30/35 years ago. Now I do not deam it worth that much.
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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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“Two- to four-finger waves are commonly used between fast-moving vehicles, but the nicely executed single-finger wave is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. To me, it perfectly sums up the Minnesota character that I love so much. The finger wave from the steering wheel: when you get it right, you'll know you've arrived and you don't ever have to leave again if you don't want to.” 4 likes
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