Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs: A True Story of Bad Breaks and Small Miracles

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Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs: A True Story of Bad Breaks and Small Miracles

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“Here is the real thing — good old-fashioned American values coming from small-town Alaska.” —The Boston Globe

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.

Heather Lende's new book, Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics is available now. 

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 is the obituary writer for the Chilkat Valley News in Haines and the recipient of the Suzan Nightingale McKay Best Columnist Award from the Alaska Press Club. Her previous bestselling books are Find the Good, Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs, and If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name. Lende was voted Citizen of the Year, Haines Chamber of Commerce, in 2004. Her website is heatherlende.com.

ISBN: 9781616200510

ISBN-10: 9781616200510

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Publication Date: 04/19/2011 - 12:00am

On Sale: 04/19/2011 - 12:00am

Pages: 304

Language: English

Categories

Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

Self-help / Spiritual

Travel / United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)

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