Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs: Family, Friendships, and Faith in Small-Town Alaska
by Heather Lende (9781616200510)

Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs: Family, Friendships, and Faith in Small-Town Alaska
 
Heather Lende
Release Date: 10 April 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 299
Category: Spirituality
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
ISBN: 9781616200510
ISBN-10: 1616200510



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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The book is full of vivid characters . . . [Lende] has a simple, chatty style most readers will find oddly comforting. Life does, in fact, go on. "Los Angeles Times" Here is the real thing good old-fashioned American values coming from small-town Alaska. "The Boston Globe" Lende writes emotionally but never sentimentally, giving us the best Alaska memoir of late, maybe the best ever. "Booklist" (starred review) "Lende has a knack for subtly illuminating the remarkable in the commonplace, the transcendence in tragedy . . . Her voice, which alternates between folksy and formal, playful and prayerful, entertaining and elegiac, is reminiscent of Garrison Keillor, Krista Tippett, Tom Bodett, Kathleen Norris and Anne Lamott. "Minneapolis Star Tribune"


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