Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs

Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs

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The Alaskan landscapea€”so vast, dramatic, and unbelievablea€”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, Ia€™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 devotiona€”as well as raising totem poles, canning salmon, and other distinctly Alaskan adventures. Lendea€™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 mothera€™s last wisha€”take good care of the garden and dogsa€”Lendea€™s writing, so honest and unadorned, deepens our understanding of what links all humanity.The backbeat came from the putt-putt of a fishing boata#39;s diesel engine out off Pyramid Island and Christiana#39;s dirt bike backfiring in our gravel driveway. I asked Frankie what we would do if it rained, and she said it wouldna#39;t. If youa#39;d like, you mayanbsp;...

Title:Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs
Author: Heather Lende
Publisher:Algonquin Books - 2011-04-19

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