Mother Father Uncle Aunt

Version: Unabridged
Author: Garrison Keillor
Narrator: Garrison Keillor
Genres: Essays & Memoirs, Marriage & Family
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Published In: December 1997
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Overview

Garrison Keillor's latest collection of "News from Lake Wobegon" monologues---all taken from live broadcasts of "A Prairie Home Companion"--is an extended meditation on the joys, sorrows, challenges, and humor of raising children. The tales include "Ronnie and the Winnebago" about a young man, his rock star girlfriend, and his long struggle to earn his father's understanding; "Love While You Dare" the story of August Johnson, who, after losing his brother in a gambler's prank in Copenhagen, flees to America rather than face his mother--who later comes to visit him in Lake Wobegon; and six more splendid, unforgettable accounts of how, in Keillor's words, "the meek shall inherit the earth, and when we have done all we can with our children, it's time to step back and let them inherit it".

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Mother, Father, Uncle, Aunt

Written by Peggy Stortz on November 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

More of the same here. If you like Keillor's homespun tales, you won't be disappointed.

Author Details

Author Details

Keillor, Garrison

Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota, the son of Grace Ruth (née Denham) and John Philip Keillor, who was a carpenter and postal worker.[1][2] He was raised in a family belonging to the Plymouth Brethren, a fundamentalist Christian denomination he has since left. He is six feet, three inches (1.9 m) tall[3] and is of part Scottish ancestry. Keillor is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He is currently an Episcopalian,[4] but has been a Lutheran.[5] His religious roots are frequently worked into his material: he often remarks that most Minnesotans, being of Scandinavian descent, are Lutherans. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English in 1966. While there, he began his broadcasting career on the student-operated radio station known today as Radio K.

Keillor has been married three times:

* To Mary Guntzel, from 1965 to 1976. The couple has one son, Jason, born in 1969.
* To Ulla Skaerved (a former exchange student from Denmark at Keillor's high school whom he famously reencountered at a class reunion), from 1985 to 1990.
* To violinist Jenny Lind Nilsson (b. 1958), who is from his hometown of Anoka, since 1995. They have one daughter, Maia, born in 1997.

Between his first two marriages he was also romantically involved with Margaret Moos, who worked as a producer of A Prairie Home Companion.[6]

The Keillors maintain homes on the Upper West Side of New York City and in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

His brother, the historian Steven Keillor, is also an author.

On Feb. 3, 2008, Keillor endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic Primary. In a letter to the Obama campaign, Keillor stated "I'm happy to support your candidacy, which is so full of promise for our country."[7][8]