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Who knew writing obituaries could be so interesting?

June 17, 2011

Thought I’d pass along a very good book for your reading pleasure.  A friend recently lent it to me thinking I’d enjoy it – its written by a woman who is the society editor and obituary  writer for a local paper in a small town (hmmm what could possibly be the appeal?)  – in Alaska!  Since two people who are close to me – people who read faster than me – got to it first, they added their hearty recommendation.

If you Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name by Heather Lende is part memoir, part local character study, part Northern Exposure, and an inspiring meditation on how death makes us acutely aware of life and the importance of the people we love.  She does a great job capturing the challenge of living in a remote part of Alaska where the beautiful is matched in equal parts by the hard.

Our library doesn’t own it but with the beauty of the SHARE catalogue you can put a hold on it and it will arrive like magic.  Read it.

On an unrelated matter, I think the new trees on the library’s west and south side look great.

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