Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Let Freedom Ring

by Garrison Keillor

Hello, reading, blogging, blog-reading friends! After two weeks away, it is nice to be finding the groove again of working, reading, hanging out with the fam, and of course blogging. We had a week in North Carolina visiting family (which included a two day getaway for E. and I to celebrate our 9th anniversary alone!), then a week of "staycation" here at home. We did lots of fun things that we don't normally get to do when all caught up in the busyness of daily life. We went to the International Spy Museum, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Imagination Stage, Brookside Gardens, and Woodley Gardens Park. We also had a picnic with family members who came through town and stayed overnight. All in all, a relaxing time!

Needless to say, I am frightfully behind on the blog, so stay tuned over the next few days as I try to catch up. I read Liberty over 4th of July weekend, which shows that I am exactly a month behind on my posts. Liberty was a good choice for that holiday weekend and in fact I had saved it for just that occasion, because it is about the 4th of July festivities in a small Midwestern town.

Liberty is raucous, fun, and witty - vintage Garrison Keillor. It has a lot of small town humor and no one is spared Keillor's gentle ribbing. Lutherans, Norwegians, Latinos, Republicans, Democrats, you name it. Everyone is fair game for Keillor's observations and insights, which is as it should be. Equal opportunity busting keeps the book from being mean spirited. Keillor also has a keen eye for local absurdities - his book is true enough to be familiar to anyone who grew up in a small town and absurd enough to be just beyond what really might happen. However, E. read it and was sure that "cow-pie bingo" was a made up game. I assured him it is not, for I have seen it played. Don't ask.

There is nothing in Liberty that is going to change the intellectual history of our nation, but sometimes we just need a good laugh. Keillor provides that. Moreover, the message at the end of the book (although it takes awhile to get there) is that what matters most are family, friends, and looking out for each other. Amen to that.

Reverent Reader


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