If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name News from Small Town Alaska Download Ø 102

Summary If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name News from Small Town Alaska

If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name News from Small Town Alaska Download Ø 102 ↠ 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 aTiny 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 S. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to live in small town Alaska this is the book for you When we first visited Alaska ten years ago we were uite bitten with the bug to move there and even went so far as to start scouring the real estate ads for homes for sale in Homer This was in 2006 and the first thing we noticed were the large number of houses that were listed under foreclosure a forerunner of the recession to come around the worldNow in the fall of 2016 I chose this book to read while taking a land toursea cruise with Princess Cruises with my husband to celebrate our 40th anniversary 15 glorious days and it was the perfect choice as we visited many of the areas mentioned in this author's charming memoir Heather Lende moved to Alaska with her husband Chip and the first of their five children and settled in Haines in 1984 Chip now owns a lumberyard and Heather writes for the local weekly newspaper the Chilkat Valley News composing the obituaries As the title implies the town is small enough around 2000 people that everyone knows everyone and their business so that it feels like a close knit extended family caring for each other Because of her job Heather confronts death freuently than the rest of us probably do and seems to have come to terms with its inevitably but still not with complete acceptance She makes a point to go and talk to each bereaved family to learn a bit about their deceased loved one not just for the facts of their life to list in the obituary but to try to get a feel for who they really were One thing I am coming away with after reading this book is the danger of living in such a wild remote place where Mother Nature reigns supreme and can be cruel and merciless where reaching emergency medical care in time is dependent on the weather So the beauty and peace of living in a unspoiled location with breathtaking vistas and the freshest air imaginable must be weighed against the inherent risks At one young man's funeral a case of drowning Heather looked around the room and counted twelve families who had also lost a child to tragic accident How hard that must be for these families to endure All that promise snuffed out in the blink of an eyeSo for me Alaska will remain a wonderful place to visit but

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Children; and a colorful assortment of uirky 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 plac. Based on what I heard from friends about this book I was expecting something charming uplifting enchanting tales from a place I'd rather live I think a better title for this book would have been If You Died Here I'd Know Your Name because the stories start to take on the cadence of a speech by Mr Weir on Freaks and Geeks I used to know a guy like that Want to know what happened to him HE DIEDLots of spaghetti dinners lots of God is good lots of winding tales about coming to people's houses after loved ones died to get the facts about their lives I would say about 13 of the deaths portrayed in this book were about kids which made it especially depressing and some of the most gruesome disgusting hunting recollections I've ever read I actually felt nauseous reading some of this The goat stumbled from the impact of the bullet slumped and started to fall on his knees then leapt forward right off his perch bouncing off the rocks three times before slamming dead onto a ledge the hide peeled away smooth and dry like a paper label off a jar Without the fur covering goat legs look almost human Slicing steaming meat off bonesI dug around in the warm muscle tissue until I could find a bone then gripped it with one hand and cut the flesh off it with the other It was hard for me to read this book and not judge the author with things like when she says the plays in her town were better than seeing Cats or The Sound of Music on Broadway in NYC or when she talks about having 7 kids in this city without a hospital one of which is an adopted daughter she named Stoli after the vodka Or every time she talks about the conservative narrow minded politics of her town but then excuses it and drops it with a I still love my neighbors I wouldn't want to live anywhere else I mean seriously Give me a break I really wanted this book to be over about 100 pages in It wasn't for me My rating on here is generous because the book wasn't badly written just frustrating to read

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If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name News from Small Town AlaskaPeedy 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. A bit too mundane but some interesting bits about life in small town Alaska The author is the obituary writer in the town which led to the most interesting bitsDang I need to change my Kindle settings when I finished the book my Kindle marked it as read in Goodreads and I never realized I hadn't written a review