Book Club Kits
Lake Wobegon Days
by Keillor, Garrison
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1. What are your own experiences with small towns in Minnesota? In what ways do you relate to this book?
2. Read the following quotes. What do they mean in relation to the book? a. "Sumus quod sumus" [We are what we are] is the town-crest of Lake Wobegon. b. "Left to our own devices, we Wobegonians go straight for the small potatoes."
3. Clubs like the Sons of the Knute play an important role in Lake Wobegon. Have you or your parents been a member of local clubs? What is your experience with similar clubs? What kind of impact do they have personally and in the community? In the book?
4. Who are the true heroes of this book? Is it Garrison? Or the townspeople of Lake Wobegon?
5. John Skow from Time Magazine said of Keillor, "He is in love with the Upper Midwest, with the region and its people that Sinclair Lewis derided. He is rooted, fond of hickishness, fascinated by the utter, daft strangeness of the ordinary." Do you agree with Skow's take on Keillor, or do you feel that Keillor is also critical of small town life in the Midwest? In what ways?
6. This is one of the books through whick Minnesota is best known. Is this book an accurate representation of Minnesota as you know it? What do you wish people who lived elsewhere knew about Minnesota?