Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts From the Heart of America
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This Book is Currently in the Wild!
3 journalers for this copy...
I'm reading this book right now. It's a lot like everything else Garrison Keillor has written: earnest, full of plainspoken truth, unafraid to be corny. It's a slight book, but it's worth reading.
Just finished. This is a folksy, autobiographical statement of Democratic principles and a nice antidote to all the bloviating about how the only real American is a God-fearing, red-meat-eating, flag-worshipping, possum-shooting, gas-guzzler-driving, prayer-breakfasting, Republican-voting Christian American.
Mailed off yesterday to a BXer who had this on her wishlist.
florafloraflora, you are TOO generous! I love Garrison Keillor from NPR (who doesn't? :), and am thrilled by the chance to read his book. What a wonderful surprise! Thank you!!!
(and, of course, I will read it and release!)
I really, really enjoyed this book! I find Keillor's writing (and Lake Wobegon, of course) to be peaceful and inspiring. :)
A few quotes I wanted to remember, before I pass the book along:
"I am a liberal and liberalism is the politics of kindness. Liberals stand for tolerance, magnanimity, community spirit, the defense of the weak against the powerful, love of learning, freedom o fbelief, art and poetry, city life, the very things that make America worth dying for." (20)
"I belong to the Church of Work and Prayer." (41)
"The pro-lifers who demonstrate at Planned Parenthood clinics and hold up pictures of bloody fetuses should rather hold up signs with the number of hours per week they're volunteering for child care, and then we'd take them more seriously." (111)
"Kids get wired early on into sexual roles, girls of 9 and 10 dress like streetwalkers, and it isn't left-wing academics who are selling this to them, it is corporate America, and it's the symboitic link between puritans and pornographers (similar to that between prohibitionists and bootleggers) that makes the game go round." (112)
lack of public health care = "an imperial caste system of medicine in a Christian country" (117)
Journal Entry 6
Controlled Release in Louisville, Kentucky -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, September 25, 2005
Released 13 yrs ago (9/25/2005 UTC) at Controlled Release in Louisville, Kentucky -- Controlled Releases
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On its way to EvaLowrain! I hope you enjoy it!!
Arrived in the mail yesterday - thanks for sending it! I love Garrison Keiller's work. The quotes you've picked are fantastic, calvarez4, and I now have high hopes for this.
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me to feel good about being a Democrat - because while the party has problems, our hearts and policies are ultimately in the right place and good for the country. I think my favorite chapter, though, was "Republicans I have Known," where Garrison talks about Republicans in a more generous manner than the rest of the book. I don't know why - I just really liked that chapter and how it felt. Like a reminder that we can take the high road and we don't have to demonize people just because we disagree with them.
I don't usually do this, but I did a wild release with this one. I hope it finds it's way to someone who will enjoy it and possibly a new view from reading it.
Journal Entry 9
Baptist Hospital East, 4000 Kresge Way, St. Matthews in Louisville, Kentucky USA on Thursday, July 20, 2006
Released 13 yrs ago (7/19/2006 UTC) at Baptist Hospital East, 4000 Kresge Way, St. Matthews in Louisville, Kentucky USA
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Left in the waiting area of the ER. It's a nice lobby, with fancy chairs and a sophisticated style (for a waiting room) - the book looked very at home, waiting there for a new reader.