Books: Just A Few Minutes of Bliss LEAVING HOME

by Garrison Keillor; Viking; 244 pages; $18.95

Dear Gary,

You'll be glad to know that it has been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, even though quite a few copies of Leaving Home are circulating there. Mavis and I drove up last weekend to see how her Mom's doing after the gallbladder operation. Most everybody was talking about your book (except the Norwegian bachelor farmers, who were not to be diverted from their predictions of a dire winter to come). They had all heard these stories when you told them on A Prairie Home Companion. But radio evanesces. Print is history. It's like going to church: you worry...

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