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Find the Good

Advance praise for Find the Good, to be published April 28th, 2015 by Algonquin Books.

“Simple yet profound… [Lende’s] homespun stories will speak meaningfully to readers. The overarching message is that the life we get is precious, as obituary writer Lende knows so well, and should be lived in such a way as to create much good to be remembered by.”
– Booklist

“Honest and simple yet full of lasting strength, the author's prose demonstrates what makes a life better rather than worse—including something as simple as picking up heart-shaped stones on the beach with a grandchild. Optimistic, slightly humorous reflections on living a fully engaged, meaningful life.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Find the Good is a gem of a book. It’s honest and funny, reminding us to live in the moment and to pay attention to those around us. A joy to read.”
-- Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness
 
“Heather Lende’s small town is populated with big hearts—she finds them on the beach, walking her granddaughters, in the stories of ordinary peoples’ lives, and knits them into unforgettable tales. Find the Good is a treasure.”
-- Jo-Ann Mapson, author of Owen’s Daughter
 
“In this cynical world Find the Good is a tonic. Heather Lende confronts life and death with love and vulnerability. The result is a literary wellspring, which will continue to run, and nurture, even in times of drought. What a brave and beautiful thing she has made with this book.” -- John Straley, Shamus award-winning author and former Writer Laureate of Alaska
 
“Heather Lende is the kind of person you want to sit across the kitchen table from on a rainy afternoon with a bottomless cup of tea. When things go wrong, when things go right, her quiet, commonsense wisdom, self-examining frankness, and good natured humor offer a chance to reset, renew, rebalance.  Find the Good is excellent company in these unsteady times.”  
-- Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

“A beguiling evocation of small-town life, and death. The perfect book club book.”
– Dana Stabenow, New York Times bestselling  author of the Kate Shugak novels
 
“Heather Lende is a terrific writer and terrific company: intimate, authentic, and as quirky as any of her subjects. I don’t want to get creepy here, but I hope that, when the time comes, she’ll look for the good in my life and write my obituary.” 
-- Marilyn Johnson, author of The Dead Beat

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