How to Talk Minnesotan

How to Talk Minnesotan

Revised for the 21st Century

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143122692
  • 288 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


A revised edition of the hilarious Minnesotan culture guide from a former writer for A Prairie Home Companion

Fans of the Minnesota-set movie Fargo will love this uproarious culture guide to all-things Minnesotan. With his dry wit and distinctive voice, Howard Mohr won millions of fans across the country on Garrison Keillor’s radio show A Prairie Home Companion. His popular commercials and ad spots, including one for “Minnesota Language Systems,” became the best of the best of Minnesota humor. Now, Mohr has updated his classic guide, How to Talk Minnesotan, to advise visitors on the use of Twitter and Facebook, cell phone etiquette, and more while in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.


Praise for HOW TO TALK MINNESOTAN (original edition):

“An intelligent and hilarious meditation on the Minnesotan character.”—Kirkus Reviews

“There are some laugh out-loud passages in Mohr’s 221-page book.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch

“Mohr is a very funny man, and How to Talk Minnesotan is a very funny book.”—Minnesota Monthly

“A writer with a very offbeat sense of humor.”—Courier-Post

“Just lie back and enjoy…as the ‘lessons’ become more sophisticated, the ‘how we talk’ motif recedes and becomes merely the vehicle to tell readers how we live. And that’s good stuff…I’ll take my language lessons from a humorist rather than a linguist any day.”—The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Planning a trip to the Big Soybean? Study this handy guide by a former scriptwriter for Prairie Home Companion beforehand so you won’t have people pointing or staring every time you open your mouth.”—Washington Post Book World

“Ranging in flavor from satiric pungency to lunatic lusciousness, this is glorious, uproarious humor. Or as they say in Minnesota, ‘a heckuva deal, you bet.’”—Booklist