The Keillor Reader by Garrison Keillor (Penguin Books, 2014)
Lately I’ve often been on the road on Sunday night when A Prairie Home Companion comes on public radio, and I’ve come to appreciate it. So I purchased this collection of Garrison Keillor stories at Barnes & Noble, which is subtitled “Looking back at forty years of stories: where did they all come from?” Like the stories he tells on the radio, Garrison Keillor’s fiction is very hard to distinguish from real life. I still don’t know whether those powder milk biscuits they advertise every week actually exist or they’re just a joke. Unfortunately, his humor doesn’t come through nearly as well on the printed page, or maybe I just don’t get it. This is essentially a book of short stories, but they’re all kind of random and weird, and not as funny as Sarah Vowell’s. Probably they would make more sense if I had been listening to the show for many years. If you’re a huge fan of the show, take my criticism with a grain of salt – you’ll probably love this book.