by Garrison Keillor


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Just in time for the Fourth of July, a firecracker of a Lake Wobegon novel from bestselling author and radio storyteller Garrison Keillor

Published to wide and enthusiastic acclaim, Liberty is Garrison Keillor's most ribald Lake Wobegon novel yet, set in a spectacular Fourth of July celebration amid marching bands and circus wagons drawn by teams of Percherons. The Chairman of the Fourth, Clint Bunsen, is in the midst of an identity crisis brought on by a DNA test just as he turns sixty, and he finds solace in the arms of Angelica Pflame, the young beauty who marched as Liberty in last year's parade. Should he remain in Lake Wobegon with his stoical wife Irene or fly to California with Angelica? Liberty is Keillor at his knowing, deadpan, raconteur best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780641981968
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 09/16/2008
Series: Lake Wobegon Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 17 - 18 Years

About the Author

As the host of A Prairie Home Companion for over forty years, Garrison Keillor has captivated millions of listeners with his News from Lake Wobegon monologues. He has been honored with Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, the National Humanities Medal, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


St. Paul, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

August 7, 1942

Place of Birth:

Anoka, Minnesota


B.A., University of Minnesota, 1966

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Liberty 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
spounds on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading three depressing books in a row, I decided to cheer myself up with a Garrison Keillor book, so I picked up Liberty. The first chapter had me laughing--yea! I was listening to this as an audiobook, and then Garrison Keillor started reading me a sex scene. Ew!! Sorry, but I'm pretty sure no one but Mrs. Garrison Keillor wants to hear that. I'm sure she would have loved it.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anyone who had ever had the pleasure of listening to the rich baritone voice of Mr. Keillor, relating his News from Lake Wobegon on The Prairie Home Companion radio show over the past 30-odd years will be delighted with this book. I could hear his voice and inflection all the way through this delightful tale of the angst of a man turning 60 in the town of his birth when deep down inside, all he's ever really wanted was another life altogether. Clint Bunsen has been the coordinator of the Fourth of July parade and celebration in Lake Wobegon for more years than he cares to remember, having taken over the job from his own father. He's worked hard to make this a parade to be proud of in a constant struggle with committee members who hem, haw, and pass every buck that comes their way, locking horns with Viola Tors, who never met a good idea she couldn't choke to death with procedure, and who has longed to take over the reins and control the show for quite some time. This story is complicated, the narrative is humorous, and the climax is downright hilarious.
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Westcoastghost More than 1 year ago
Old Garrison has a style almost all of his own. (I actually know someone quite like him) Garrison, known in Prairie Home Companion, both the radio show and the Movie, plus the books Lake Wobegon, and Home Grown Democrat, spins a story, while enchanting, but also pointedly shown the foibles of mankind. Liberty, while always giving us the comical idiosyncrsies of man, shows us the body blows of having to do what we must and never getting to live out our dreams. While willie Loman worked as a salesman, and should have be a carperter. The lead of Liberty worked as a mechanic and put together the 4th of July Parade, only to get little recognition, while he wished he were in another place working on his art. Does our lead excape or does he end up dying in his, less then happy live. That would spoil the story. Buy it and read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago