Garrison Keillor is an American author and radio personality best known for his fictional Lake Wobegon series of books. Lake Wobegon is a fictional Minnesota town that is the center of a lot of his stories. He is also known for his long run as the creator of the Minnesota Public Radio show, A Prairie Home Companion that was syndicated throughout the world.

Known for his “North-Central” accent (eh), he has gotten a lot of voiceover work in his career as well. He was a key voice in Ken Burns’s Baseball and Civil War documentaries and also voiced Odin, the greek god, in the Disney animated series Hercules. Keillor has had a long career in writing, radio and voiceover work that spans over 30 years. Keillor graduated from Anoka High School and then attended the University of Minnesota where he received his bachelor’s degree in English. His hometown of Anoka, Minnesota definitely helped for the basis of Lake Woebegon.

Publication Order of Lake Wobegon Books

Lake Wobegon Days(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
News from Lake Wobegon(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
More News from Lake Wobegon(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wobegon Boy(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lake Wobegon Summer 1956(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In Search of Lake Wobegon (2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lake Wobegon USA(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pontoon(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Liberty(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pilgrims(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Road Home(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Radio Romance(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sandy Bottom Orchestra(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Me by Jimmy (Big Boy) Valente, Governor of Minnesota(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Love Me(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Christmas Blizzard(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Collections

Leaving Home(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
We Are Still Married(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Book of Guys(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Good Poems for Hard Times(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Prairie Home Christmas(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Life Among the Lutherans(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Keillor Reader(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
77 Love Sonnets(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Good Poems, American Places(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
O, What a Luxury(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Luxury of Limericks(2019) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Picture Books

Cat, You Better Come Home(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Old Man Who Loved Cheese(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Daddy's Girl(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Happy to Be Here(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ten Years(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Late Harvest(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Prairie Home Commonplace Book(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pretty Good Joke Book(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Homegrown Democrat(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Even More Pretty Good Jokes(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pretty Good Jokes Live!(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sounding Off!(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


If You Like Garrison Keillor Books, You’ll Love…

The first book in the Lake Woebegon series is Lake Woebegon Days. This is definitely more of a collection of stories than a book with an overarching plot. The early portion of the book is told more like a history of the small town. Later in the book, Keillor covers the relationships of the people and their lives. The book has been praised for taking the small town life and making it universal with great humor.

Another great entry, as heard on A Prairie Home Companion, is News from Lake Woebegon: Spring. This is one of the most popular of his works, especially for the hilarious story “Tomato Butt” which is just plain, good fun for the whole family. Keillor continues to be a master at developing his characters and having them interact through interweaving stories.

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