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Liberty by Garrison Keillor
Liberty finds 60-year-old Clint Bunsen planning his final Fourth of July parade for Lake Wobegon. Clint is suffering from a mid-life crisis and he wants this final parade where he's chairman of the parade committee to be the defining moment of his life. Yet, everything goes wrong, which feels like a metaphor for his life. When he was young, he wanted to stay in California when he left the Navy, but he felt trapped into a marriage with Irene in Lake Wobegon. After a tryst with the young woman who was Lady Liberty in the previous year's parade, Clint thinks of leaving behind his life and escaping to California with her. With CNN arriving to broadcast the parade, events continue to threaten to spiral out of control. Garrison Keillor's novel has received positive reviews with USA Today saying, "It all adds up to a kind of literary vaudeville, fueled by words such as 'galoot' and 'shnozzola' and Keillor's wondrously long, wandering sentences."