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Wobegon Boy

(1997)
(A book in the Lake Wobegon series)
A novel by

 
 
John Tollefson, the son of Byron and Mary of Lake Wobegon, leaves Minnesota for upstate New York, to manage a public radio station at a college for academically challenged children of financially gifted parents. Free from the Dark Lutherans of his hometown, he makes a pleasant bachelor life for himself in New York. He buys a new house and paints it a deep gold. He has a bright idea for a restaurant specializing in fresh produce. He falls in love with a historian named Alida Freeman. He is presented with public radio's coveted Wally Award. In the midst of plenty, it occurs to John that his life lacks nobility and grace. A consumer of fine food and wine and giver of good parties, he yet has no coherent life story. Compared to his great-grandfather John Tollefson, who finagled his way over from Norway, he feels rootless, restless, joined in no struggle, with nothing at stake. The only true magnificence in his life is Alida, who eludes his courtship and gives him an impassioned speech about the pleasures of living alone. Folded into the romance of John and Alida is the checkered saga of his ancestors - dour butcher, a playboy publisher, a medicine-show politician, Siamese-twin ballplayers, a Texas Pentacostalist, and a bank embezzler - and Lake Wobegon itself, with its bachelor farmers, its stout-hearted burghers and housewives, its simple code: Cheer up, Make yourself useful, Mind your manners, and Avoid self-pity. A useful code, as John discovers in his pursuit of magnificance, especially as the going gets tougher.

Genre: General Fiction

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November 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-670-84949-9 / 978-0-670-84949-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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August 1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: Wobegon Boy (Isis Large Print edition)
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-7531-5911-2 / 978-0-7531-5911-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Publishing
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March 1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-571-19351-X / 978-0-571-19351-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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May 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-56895-560-X / 978-1-56895-560-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
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October 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-670-87807-3 / 978-0-670-87807-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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November 1997 : UK Hardback
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-14-319556-5 / 978-0-14-319556-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Paperback Editions

November 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Keillor: Collected Stories
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-14-017939-9 / 978-0-14-017939-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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February 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-571-19563-6 / 978-0-571-19563-3 (UK edition)
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November 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-14-027478-2 / 978-0-14-027478-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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December 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-571-19485-0 / 978-0-571-19485-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber And Faber Ltd.
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November 1998 : UK Paperback

Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-14-319502-6 / 978-0-14-319502-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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April 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-571-19489-3 / 978-0-571-19489-6 (UK edition)
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1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-571-19557-1 / 978-0-571-19557-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: QPD
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Audio Editions

September 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-59887-050-5 / 978-1-59887-050-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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October 2004 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
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October 2004 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-59887-331-8 / 978-1-59887-331-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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October 2004 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
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November 1997 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 1-56511-822-7 / 978-1-56511-822-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
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March 1998 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Wobegon Boy (Penguin)
Author(s): Keillor Garrison
ISBN: 0-14-086760-0 / 978-0-14-086760-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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November 1997 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Wobegon Boy (Lake Wobegon)
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
ISBN: 0-453-00965-4 / 978-0-453-00965-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
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Kindle Editions

November 1998 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Wobegon Boy
Author(s): Garrison Keillor
Publisher: Penguin Books
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