Picks and Pans Review: Happy to Be Here

updated 02/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Garrison Keillor

Since 1974 Keillor has been broadcasting over National Public Radio from Lake Woebegon, Minn., "where all the women are strong, all the men good-looking and all the children above average." His show is called A Prairie Home Companion and its fans are ardent. For them and others, here are 29 short stories (most published in the New Yorker) that are grade-A satire. In Don: The True Story of a Young Person, for instance, Keillor goes after the generation gap that has been turned into a chasm by loud music and a magazine called Falling Rocks. In his introduction, the author explains he hasn't written a novel because "it is more worthy in the eyes of God and better for us as a people if a writer make three pages sharp and funny about the lives of geese than to make 300 flat and flabby about God or the American people." Amen. (Atheneum, $11.95)

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