The Alaskan landscape-so vast, dramatic, and implausible-could also be the reason the people in Haines, Alaska (population 2,400), so ceaselessly 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 coincidence has given Lende a couple of more reasons to believe matters both spiritual and temporal. Her idea of spirituality is rooted in community, and here she explores faith and forgiveness, loss and devotion-in addition to raising totem poles, canning salmon, and other distinctly Alaskan adventures. Lende’s irrepressible spirit, her wry humor, and her commitment to living a life at the edge of the world resonate on each 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 working out of what links all humanity.
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