"In Bed" with Garrison Keillor

Posted by Goodreads on December 1, 2009
With a dry wit and down-home delivery, self-styled Midwestern everyman Garrison Keillor has devoted his life to the craft of storytelling. For more than 30 years, Keillor has spun yarns about Lake Wobegon on his National Public Radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. At Lake Wobegon, "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average." Keillor is also the author of the classic Lake Wobegon Days and the more recent Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance. His latest book, A Christmas Blizzard, is a comic novel about a middle-aged man stranded in his frozen hometown in North Dakota. We asked Keillor to share the books he likes to give as gifts during the holiday season.

The Early Stories: 1953-1975 by John Updike
"Exquisite short fiction of youthful yearnings in small-town America in the '40s and '50s."

A New Literary History of America
Edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors
"A fascinating retelling of our cultural history—from the first Europeans through Obama, including the Civil War, the blues, Huck Finn, AA, Hank Williams, Tennessee Williams, Chuck Berry, the NFL, and Google."

The English Major by Jim Harrison
"A very funny novel about Cliff's odyssey around the West after Vivian leaves him and his dog, Lola, dies."

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
"Any edition. Everyone needs to know 'That time of year thou may'st in me behold' and 'Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments' and 'When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes.'"

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