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Pontoon

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Garrison Keillor returns in Pontoon to his beloved Lake Wobegon for a hilarious account of seemingly unrelated events that overlap, as they often do in small towns: the pontoon-boat wedding of animal therapist Debbie Detmer, complete with a hippie minister and flying Elvis, and a memorial service for 82-year-old free spirit Evelyn Peterson, who’s asked to be cremated, her ashes sealed into a bowling ball and dropped into the famed lake. Keillor’s mastery of interweaving storylines and characters you’ll swear you know (a feisty grandmother, nagging relatives, nosy neighbors) will make you wish you could settle down in his fictional Minnesota hometown yourself. B+