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The Alaskan landscape - so vast, dramatic, and unbelievable - may make it easier to believe that something or someone greater is in charge. Haines resident Heather Lende wonders whether that's why people in her town (population 2,400) so often discuss the meaning of life. She thinks it helps make life mean more.

Lende, who writes the local obituary column and has been called part Annie Dillard, part Anne Lamott by the Los Angeles Times, revealed in her first book a deep awareness of what links all humanity. Since then, she was run over by a truck in an almost fatal accident and has had a few more reasons to consider matters both spiritual and earthly. In Where God Resides we meet the community that helped her get back on her feet: the eccentric, fiercely independent, always fascinating residents of Haines-Buddhists, bear hunters, Tinglit Indians, and her large, lively family. We follow Lende as she attends her small Episcopal church, cares for her mother, wonders how to forgive the driver who hit her and how not to faint with joy as she finally walks down to the beach for her daughter's wedding. By the time we reach a certain age, most of us have been hit by trucks, in one way or another, and Lende shows us that our responses to those setbacks have everything to do with faith.

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"Shortly after the publication of her first series of dispatches from 'Small-Town Alaska,' If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name, obituary writer and Anchorage Daily News columnist Lende got run over by a truck: 'The back tire of the new king-cab, three-quarter ton Chevy pickup rolled right over my lap.' In this collection of mordant but largely uplifting pieces, Lende recalls that near-fatal bicycle accident, and her slow return to health with the help of doctors, therapists, family, and friends. While considering the big questions of life and death, Lende introduces an eclectic cast of characters from a town of just 2,400, including Wilma Henderson, a 'formidable farmwife and Presbyterian elder' who believes in 'praying with your feet'; and Fireman Al, officially the volunteer fire department's training officer, but also the guy who responds to nearly every ambulance call. Though Lende indulges occasionally in mindless tangents, her charming style will keep readers attuned to her celebration of love, faith, and healing in a far-flung, tight-knit community." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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Lende, who has been called part Annie Dillard, part Anne Lamott by the "Los Angeles Times," revealed in her first book a deep awareness of what links all humanity. Here, she shows that how individuals respond to setbacks has everything to do with faith.

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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.

About the Author

Heather Lende has contributed to the Christian Science Monitor, NPR's Morning Edition, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Alaska magazine. She also writes an online column for the Alaska Dispatch

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McGuffy Ann, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)

In her second book, Heather Lende takes us on an emotional journey. Being the obituary writer for her local newspaper in Alaska, she is well versed in the emotions of life and death. However, it became personal when she was in a near-fatal accident, literally run over by a truck. To add to her pain, she lost her mother to leukemia a year later.

Confined to bed, Heather reflected on life, death, and everything in-between. What came of it all is this beautifully miraculous book. Heather turns once again to her neighbors, friends and community. There she finds strength to focus on faith and spirituality and from that there is growth and eventually healing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781565125681
Subtitle:
Family, Friendships, and Faith in Small-Town Alaska
Author:
Lende, Heather
Publisher:
Algonquin Books
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
TRAVEL / United States/West/Pacific (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)
Subject:
TRAVEL / United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)
Subject:
General Biography
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100518
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.56 x 5.75 x 1.03 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Shortly after the publication of her first series of dispatches from 'Small-Town Alaska,' If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name, obituary writer and Anchorage Daily News columnist Lende got run over by a truck: 'The back tire of the new king-cab, three-quarter ton Chevy pickup rolled right over my lap.' In this collection of mordant but largely uplifting pieces, Lende recalls that near-fatal bicycle accident, and her slow return to health with the help of doctors, therapists, family, and friends. While considering the big questions of life and death, Lende introduces an eclectic cast of characters from a town of just 2,400, including Wilma Henderson, a 'formidable farmwife and Presbyterian elder' who believes in 'praying with your feet'; and Fireman Al, officially the volunteer fire department's training officer, but also the guy who responds to nearly every ambulance call. Though Lende indulges occasionally in mindless tangents, her charming style will keep readers attuned to her celebration of love, faith, and healing in a far-flung, tight-knit community." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Lende, who has been called part Annie Dillard, part Anne Lamott by the "Los Angeles Times," revealed in her first book a deep awareness of what links all humanity. Here, she shows that how individuals respond to setbacks has everything to do with faith.
"Synopsis" by ,
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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