By Garrison Keillor
Stories, monologues, and essays through 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 a whole diversity of Keillor’s paintings. incorporated are the “Pontoon” monologue, during 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 inventive memoir of lifestyles on the New Yorker; and a collection of precepts for all times, “What Have We discovered So Far?”
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