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

  • Title: Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs: Family, Friendships, and Faith in Small-Town Alaska
  • Author: Heather Lende
  • ISBN: 9781565125681
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs Family Friendships and Faith in Small Town Alaska The Alaskan landscape so vast dramatic and unbelievable may be the reason the people in Haines Alaska population so often discuss the meaning of life Heather Lende thinks it helps make life
    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 Since her bestselling first book, If You Lived Here, I d Know Your Name, a near fatal bicycle accident has given Lende a few reasons to consider matters botThe 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 Since her bestselling first book, If You Lived Here, I d Know Your Name, a near fatal bicycle accident has given Lende a few 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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    About Heather Lende


    1. Heather Lende is an obituary for the Chilkat Valley News in Haines, Alaska She is also a former contributing editor at Woman s Day, a columnist for the Alaska Dispatch News, and author of Find the Good Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small town Obituary Writer 2015 , a memoir of faith, family, and community Take Good care of the Garden and the Dogs 2010 , and NY Times bestseller, If You Lived Here, I d Know Your Name The News From Small town Alaska 2005 A Middlebury College grad with an MFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage, Heather has lived in Haines for over thirty years Her husband owns a lumberyard there and they have five children and five grandchildren Heather is a hospice, library, and radio station volunteer, cycles, swims, hunts, and hikes and likes to walk her dog Pearl, and share meals with family and friends Haines is her favorite place in the world.


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    1. With the ascent of Sarah Palin on the national scene, Alaska has enjoyed a resurgence of interest, so the timing is perfect for Heather Lende's Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs. Lende writes for a small local newspaper in Haines, Alaksa, and handles the obituaries. She shares the stories of some of her neighbors, including a feisty 57-year-old whom she visited as a hospice volunteer. The woman had everything organized for her death- her will, insurance, sister's phone number- she even p [...]

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    2. I read this book because my sister-in-law lives in Haines, Alaska, the small town that Heather Lende writes about in this and her first book. I’ve visited this town and life is certainly different. The winters are harsh and many of the things the rest of us take for granted are not so readily available. Like our choice of supermarkets or having a hospital close by. When the writer was literally run over by a truck, she had to be airlifted to a trauma hospital in Seattle. And here is the next c [...]

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    3. This is a lovely follow-up to "If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name." It seemed a little more personal (especially regarding her serious accident) and a little less structured around others' lives and deaths, but its essential nature was the same. There are a lot of exquisite moments, and I hope she writes more books.

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    4. I am not sure why I liked this book less than "If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name." It might be because Lende referred over and over and OVER to her accident (which was a terrible one, being run over by a truck) while she talked about other people and their misfortunes. Not that she isn't entitled to talk about it, it being her book, but after a while I started thinking there had to be a way for her to write about empathy and sympathy without constantly bringing up her own woes.Still, it made [...]

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    5. 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 riding her bicycle and got hit by a truck. Very scary, and she came close to dying. Interestingly, death is something she is familiar with because she is the town’s obituary writer. The essays in this memoir are about her long recovery, and how it has had an effect on her faith, and her obs [...]

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    6. This book and the author's previous book have been sitting on my shelf for God-knows-how long after I picked them up off a sale porch table of an independent iconic bookstore that closed in the last coupla years!It's the ture story of "bad breaks and small miracles". The author has contributed to NPR, The New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor, among others.She and her husband moved to small town Alaska in their 20's and raised their family there.This particular book came about after s [...]

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    7. I really enjoyed this book, which was like curling up in front of the fire with a homemade quilt, warm cup of tea, and your dog at your feet. I loved the many variations of faith presented in personal stories of family and friends. This book made me want to return to my roots in the Pacific Northwest and live a healthier way of life. Highly recommended.

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    8. EnjoyedI liked the pace, the readability of this book. I like how the author connected the theme of daily life to the larger questions. I like how thoughtful the author is, which inspires me to be more thoughtful.

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    9. A devastating bicycle accident makes Heather even more introspective and appreciate of her life, family and friends. I especially appreciated the moving tribute to my cousin Madeleine - one of Haines' most loved residents - who recently died of cancer.

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    10. Enjoyed this book very much. I agree with Erin(another reader). It's an excellent mix of wisdom compassion and common sense.

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    11. Lende presents a heartfelt, humorous take on serious topics, like how to live well, how to be present when dying, and how to grieve generously. At times - despite its isolation and inconveniences - I envied the close knit community of this small Alaska town. Technology may bring more people into constant contact, but it’s a superficial construct that seems to polarize and destroy communities rather than strengthen them. Our dependence on modern conveniences further distances us from getting to [...]

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    12. After reading her previous best-seller I had great expectations. Unfortunately, they were not met. While the cuteness of Haines still comes across, and the community interactions are still charming, the endless focus on her crippling accident---being run down by a truck while biking---makes the whole book into a downer. It's heartening that she recovered, hopefully back to 100% health. I ended up skipping through the last third of the book.

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    13. Love her style!I love the way Heather portrays every day life in her small town in Alaska. She puts her personal spin on the events that happen in her town, and she has a way of describing the people there that makes you wish they were your friends and neighbors, too. Looking forward to hearing more from this amazing storyteller.

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    14. This is a good memoir. I was unable to finish the authors first book because it was just vignettes. This book, also vignettes, is more thought provoking. From whom or where do you draw strength in a crisis? How does a community interact.

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    15. Nearly as good as her first book, "If you lived here I'd know your name." The placid quality of life in Haines still comes through, but the inevitable focus on her accident makes the book a less fun read.

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    16. A wonderful, wonderful story of life in a small, remote town and the community and good-will that exist even in adversity. Well worth the read and just what Americans need to absorb at this time in history.

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    17. Enjoyable, interesting.

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    18. Enjoy the way the author enjoy's the journey of life.

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    19. This is an excellent book about dealing with those "bumps' in the road that life throws at us.I have a fondness for the setting because I love Alaska and especially the small town communities in the Alaska. The pace is more slow, people are drawn together. The summary of the book from the cover:After a near-fatal bicycle accident in her tiny Alaskan town, bestselling author, Heather Lende has an opportunity to contemplate faith and friendship, observe the breathtaking beauty of the northern wild [...]

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    20. Who will take care of your family while you recover? Who will look after you? Did you shave your legs today?Heather Lende recommends these questions for you to consider—in case you get run over by a truck today. Someone who once had truck tire tracks across her abdomen knows the issues to ponder. She knows the bitter before-and-after of vibrant independence crushed instantly into broken helplessness.Lende lives in the tightly knit community of Haines, Alaska. She is a columnist for Women's Day [...]

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    21. When you don't want a book to end, you know it's one you can recommend to friends. Heather Lende's 2010 book, subtitled "Family, Friendships, and Faith in Small-Town Alaska," is a heart-warming memoir. "Part Annie Dillard, Part Anne Lamott" is the back cover description to this entertaining and enthralling depiction of real people struggling with real world issues as they stay true to living life on the edge of survival, much less civilization, in a small town in Alaska. Part Northern Exposure, [...]

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    22. Life in a small town.It does have a certain charm.I was born in a big city but have lived in some small towns so I completely understand.This book is a serious of essays regaling the reader with the people and quirks of living in a rural area. Weaving them together is the underlying story of Ms. Lende's accident; she was riding her bike and was hit by a car. She was critically injured and the town pulled together to help her recover. As small towns do - when I had my first surgery my hubby didn' [...]

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    23. Sometimes I don't think I am meant to read memoirs. Once in a while one really resonates with me but the majority of the time I read knowing I am supposed to be gaining some kind of understanding of a universal truth but not quite grasping it within the stories. I think a good part of my difficulty with memoirs is that they often do not run in a linear fashion with the story moving in chronological order. This is certainly true of Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende.This i [...]

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    24. This book is yet another one sent to me by my lovely friend Lisa in Seattle. It's not a book (or an author) I had heard of, and those are usually the best kind that she sends me.In Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs, Heather Lende is an author living in small town Alaska, basking in the glow of her upcoming book tour when she is run over by a truck while riding her bike. In telling the story of her accident and her recovery, the reader is introduced to her faith, her family, and her commu [...]

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    25. Ever felt like you've been hit by a truck? Alaskan author Heather Lende literally was. Through a series of interlocking essays, Lende shares her insights into the power of community during a difficult recovery, her love of Alaska, and many insights and reflections on the issue of dying. Lende is the obituary writer for the local paper of a small town. In that role as well as her own personal crisis, she has observed how her neighbors and family members handle difficult situations. A nice inclusi [...]

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    26. This book explores small town life in Alaska and how the author recovered from being hit by a truck. She reminisces about the people she has helped, the people who have helped her and the loss of her mother. It is really an anthology of Heather Lende's columns from various sources. I had thought this book would be about gardens and dogs and found that the title comes from her mother's last words before her death. There are a few mentions of both dogs and gardens, but not as much as I hoped. Most [...]

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    27. This is one of my favorite memoirs. Lende takes just the right tone - a mix of common sense, wisdom she's learned firsthand from some of life's hard lessons, and compassion - in this story about the community of Haines, Alaska, which is intertwined with the story of her recovery from an awful biking accident in which she was run over by a car and broke 6 bones in her pelvis. It reminded me of some of my favorite memoir writers--Anne Lamott, Nora Ephron--in its tone and observations. It's optimis [...]

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    28. This book has been on my want-to-read list quite a while, ever since I read the authors first book, If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name. I truly fell in love with Haines, Alaska and all the down to earth, quirky people and animals Mrs. Lende writes about, living and dead. I mention "dead" because the author writes all the obituaries in her town and surrounding areas. She's also a hospice volunteer. Soe writes a lot about death in her books, but just as death should bea part of life. In this bo [...]

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    29. I didn't realize that the author from a previous book about Alaska I enjoyed had written another, funny enough until I was in Alaska. I made a passing comment that I read her first book in a tourist shop and the worker bee mentioned that she had written another book and "shes been doing much better since the accident" or something along those lines. I was like what?! So of course, I had to pick up the second book since I liked her first one so much.Yeah, unfortunately, I guess my expectations we [...]

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    30. Quotable:My faith has never been about what I feel; it is about what I do. Although - and here's the concern about even wading into this whole tricky discussion - this is not to imply in any way that I always do what's right, or that I even know what the right thing is half the time.[Y]ou can't have real joy if you don't understand what real sorrow is.Laurie asked everyone to be quiet for a very long moment of silence, although she told parents it was okay to let little children play or talk or [...]

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