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In That Time of Year, Garrison Keillor looks back on his life and recounts how a Brethren boy with writerly ambitions grew up in a small town on the Mississippi in the 1950s and, seeing three good friends die young, turned to comedy and radio. Through a series of unreasonable lucky breaks, he founded A Prairie Home Companion and put himself in line for a good life, including mistakes, regrets, and a few medical adventures. PHC lasted 40 years, 750 shows, and enjoyed the freedom to do as it pleased for three or four million listeners every Saturday at 5 p.m. Central. He got to sing with Emmylou Harris and Renee Fleming and once sang two songs to the US Supreme Court. He played a private eye and a cowboy, gave the news from his hometown, Lake Wobegon, and met Somali cabdrivers who'd learned English from listening to the show. He wrote best-selling novels, won a Grammy and a National Humanities Medal, and made a movie with Robert Altman with an alarming amount of improvisation. 

He says, "I was unemployable and managed to invent work for myself that I loved all my life, and on top of that I married well. That's the secret, work and love. And I chose the right ancestors, impoverished Scots and Yorkshire farmers, good workers. I'm heading for 80, and I still get up to write before dawn every day".

©2020 Garrison Keillor (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • David of Oyster Bay
  • 2021-01-29

Fascinating Journey of a Unique American

I found this memoir - read with the author's unique style - to be heartwarming, insightful and honest. Mr. Keillor is quite frank about his luck in life, the mistakes he made because he wanted to focus on his craft, the heights he reached (to his surprise) and the depths he was compelled to suffer from the calculated indifference of an organization, NPR, he helped put on the map. If you enjoyed his weekly shows, Prairie Home Companion, you will love this memoir. David E. Robbins

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  • thomas
  • 2021-06-24

Pleasantly Amazing

I didn't want it to end. Garrison Keillor is a master of the English language. Perhaps the greatest orator of all time.

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  • Becky Hofer
  • 2021-04-15

Winding through the years

what an enjoyable walkthrough days, months, years and decades of Garrison Keillor's life told with humor and poignant. I found myself so relaxed by his voice and style and yet never bored, looking forward to the next chapter.

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  • Stephen Brian Austin
  • 2021-03-27

The story you've always wanted to hear

I met Garrison Keillor once and asked him if he would ever write his biography. H9e said "That will never happen." Well, I'm glad that it finally has happened. The book is always interesting, and told by the master storyteller himself, narrated by himself. if you love Garrison Keillor you won't be disappointed.

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  • thomas j schofield
  • 2021-02-26

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I have always been a huge fan of Prairie Home Companion and admired Garrison Keelers ability of story telling. It was interesting and enjoyable to hear about his life in his own words.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-02-25

“TIME”...Well Spent

If you are a fan of Prairie Home Companion or especially it’s creator Garrison Keillor you will enjoy THAT TIME OF THE YEAR.

The man behind the creation of Lake Wobegon and it’s legendary residents tells his story in his own inimitable style.

His delivery of the material feels like an extended version of the Companion sans the musical interludes.

I too am a broadcaster so Garrison Keillor’s inflection is as comfortable to listen to as a legend should be.

Enjoy the TIME OF THE YEAR...time well spent.

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  • Tim
  • 2021-02-08

Superb!

Delightfully and honestly told. Many twists and turns never before shared. And read as only he can.

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  • 2021-11-24

Excellent, thought provoking.

Sad the way NPR executives treated a man who should be treated as a national treasure.

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  • C. Gray
  • 2021-10-22

Garrison Keillor is a good listen

Lots of interesting anecdotes. There are some things I rather would not know. Garrison Keillor is someone I have always enjoyed listening to because he really gives great, cleverly phrased detail.

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  • Number One Fan
  • 2021-09-28

Addictively quirky, playfully alliterative, a soothing meandering.

Garrison’s voice, so familiar, takes us deeper into his inner journey as a writer, radio host comic, a lover of music. He evoked a chord in us we didn’t know needed strumming, his zigs and zags surprising him at every turn. His regrets, his losses, his obliviousness, pain him in a poignant reflection, but he carries on “a sad man in a happy life”, and finds thousands of silly ways to brighten our general malaise, always refusing to take himself seriously. He’s our odd, funny uncle with the corny jokes and sneakily moving stories, and music made for musing about it all. In the end you want to go back and listen to all the other stories he told us for the last 40 years, just to find his nuggets of silliness and wordplay, of wisdom and connection, so effortless as to seem random, but the river is flowing in a natural path, and we drift along beside him.