Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs: Family, Friendships & Faith in Small-town Alaska

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Algonquin Books, Jan 1, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 287 pages
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The Alaskan landscape so vast, dramatic, and unbelievable may be the reason the people in Haines, Alaska (population 2,400), so often discuss the meaning of life. Heather Lende thinks it helps make life mean more. Since her bestselling first book, "If You Lived Here, I d Know Your Name," a near-fatal bicycle accident has given Lende a few more reasons to consider matters both spiritual and temporal. Her idea of spirituality is rooted in community, and here she explores faith and forgiveness, loss and devotion as well as raising totem poles, canning salmon, and other distinctly Alaskan adventures. Lende s irrepressible spirit, her wry humor, and her commitment to living a life on the edge of the world resonate on every page. Like her own mother s last wish "take good care of the garden and dogs" Lende s writing, so honest and unadorned, deepens our understanding of what links all humanity."

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User Review  - debs4jc - LibraryThing

The author, who lives in Alaska, shares observations about life in a series of essays. Her beliefs about God and life are mingled with stories about her life in the aftermath of a horrific biking ... Read full review

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User Review  - PamelaBarrett - LibraryThing

Heather Lende is the author of the best selling Memoir “If You Lived Here I’d Know Your Name” which was about her life in the small town of Haines, Alaska. Right before her first book release, she was ... Read full review


1 Grant Us Wisdom Grant Us Courage
2 Be Still My Praying Feet
3 You Do Not Know
4 Namaste
5 Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs
6 All Good Gifts Around Us
7 You Are Going to Get Well
8 Good Neighbors
9 The Comfort of Eagles
A Playlist
11 Passing the Peace
12 Muerte Beach
13 Amazing Grace
14 Preying Together
15 The Music of What Happens

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Heather Lende has contributed essays and commentary to NPR, the New York Times, and National Geographic Traveler, among other newspapers and magazines, and is a former contributing editor at Woman’s Day. A columnist for the Alaska Dispatch News, she writes obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News and is the author of Find the Good, If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name, and Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs. Her website is www.heatherlende.com.

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