LAKE WOBEGON is in any case a charming and touching piece of fiction, capturing very well the provincial Midwest, where people are astoundingly parochial, and astonishingly kind. Keillor runs a popular radio show, which is very funny, and this book is comic too. Here's one quick sample - men on a duck hunt:
Of these grizzled old comrades in their big jackets and brown ponchos, gray-haired veterans of so many hunts, good pals and true, the finest men by God that you could ever hope to meet - who knows which ones will never see another October? They all are well into heart-attack country now, where life's road gets steep and a man is easily winded. Women go on and on but men drop like flies around this age.
I like this, about women going on and on. Perhaps it's some kind of late payment for having to have legs, have babies, etc.