If You Lived Here, I'd Know your Name

If You Lived Here, I'd Know your Name

News From Small-town Alaska

Book - 2005
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Tiny Haines, Alaska, is ninety miles north of Juneau, accessible mainly by water or air--and only when the weather is good. There's no traffic light and no mail delivery; people can vanish without a trace and funerals are a community affair. Heather Lende posts both the obituaries and the social column for her local newspaper. If anyone knows the going-on in this close-knit town--from births to weddings to funerals--she does.

Whether contemplating the mysterious death of eccentric Speedy Joe, who wore nothing but a red union suit and a hat he never took off, not even for a haircut; researching the details of a one-legged lady gold miner's adventurous life; worrying about her son's first goat-hunting expedition; observing the awe-inspiring Chilkat Bald Eagle Festival; or ice skating in the shadow of glacier-studded mountains, Lende's warmhearted style brings us inside her small-town life. We meet her husband, Chip, who owns the local lumber yard; their five children; and a colorful assortment of quirky friends and neighbors, including aging hippies, salty fishermen, native Tlingit Indians, and volunteer undertakers--as well as the moose, eagles, sea lions, and bears with whom they share this wild and perilous land.

Like Bailey White's tales of Southern life or Garrison Keillor's reports from the Midwest, NPR commentator Heather Lende's take on her offbeat Alaskan hometown celebrates life in a dangerous and breathtakingly beautiful place.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2005.
ISBN: 9781565123168
1565123166
Call Number: 979.82 LENDE
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Lende, Heather, 1959- -- Friends and associates.
Lende, Heather, 1959- -- Family.
Lende, Heather, 1959-
Haines (Alaska) -- Biography.
Haines (Alaska) -- Social life and customs.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Alaska -- Haines.
Outdoor life -- Alaska -- Haines.
City and town life -- Alaska -- Haines.

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tkarlin
Jun 17, 2016

Are you traveling this summer? If you are (or even if you are not!) this is a great book to take with you. Why? The writing is excellent, and since it's a collection of essays, it's easy to pick up and put down as you have time. The author (who writes obituaries for the local newspaper) gives you a feel for her adopted town, Haines, Alaska. You'll get to know the town and its inhabitants and what it's like to live in this out-of-the way place. Try it!

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ElaineMS
Jul 05, 2015

Heather Lende is a wonderful writer. Every essay was a treat.
Not sentimental, just neat snippets of her Haines life. And yes, you will feel you know her and a little part of you will daydream about the life she has. Where do you add the 'stars'? This one should have 4.

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mom2niamh
Mar 07, 2012

Picked up this book at Adams Street on a whim. Had heard nothing about it.

The author, who writes the obituaries and the social column for her VERY small town in Alaska, documents life there in a straightforward and winning style that I just loved.

When you finish reading Lende's book, you will feel both that you've met her, and that you've visited her town.

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Mar 07, 2012

mom2niamh thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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