More Good Book News

 Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs has been chosen as an Indie Next Pick for June! This is the national organization of independent bookstores, so that's good news. Booksellers make the picks and many wrote really nice things about it:

“Reading Heather Lende's Take Care of the Garden and the Dogs feels like drinking coffee with a true friend, taking the time to celebrate and mourn life's pleasures and sorrows. In 2010, when friends and time are sometimes forgotten, it is a real pleasure to pick up a book and find such a friend, with her thoughtful reflections and great sense of humor so close at hand.” –Linda Ramsdell, Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick , VT
 “From picking berries and making jam to taking ferry trips for school sports events, Heather Lende shows us her life in small-town Alaska . Despite the challenges of a serious accident and the death of her mom, her grace and humor in coping with whatever comes her way make this book feel like grandma's warm afghan on a chilly night.” –Jenny Stroyeck, Homer Bookstore, Homer, AK

“Heather Lende has a gift for a story, and a wealth of information to share. I now can greet my cousin (who knew what it meant) with Namaste, and I plan to use the words from the Sarum Primer (p 233) as an invocation at my next Rotary meeting. I love her belief that shines through the book—that every breath we are allowed to take, every sight we are allowed to see, every bird chirp and bear snuffle that we are allowed to hear—that every moment of life is precious. May we all learn to experience that without going through the near-death experience that she did.” –Liz Murphy, The Learned Owl Book Shop, Hudson , OH
“With Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs, Heather Lende shows that she knows how to make her local community come alive on the page for readers.  Like her earlier book, If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska , this is a collection of stories about Haines , Alaska .  In this book she talks about faith, family, the local native customs, animal life, death and life. A very enjoyable read.”
–Nancy Graham, Pearl Street Books, Ellensburg , WA
“I've been hoping for years for another book from Heather Lende—and was completely satisfied with this second glimpse at Haines , AK . Living in a small town in the NW myself, I see some of my community reflected in her writing and am inspired by the possibilities she presents for elevating my experience of that community.  Anyone would be inspired by the way in which she has dealt with her devastating injury. A friend who read the book (in two days) after me said "She gives voice to my unvoiced thoughts and feelings.” –Carolyn Kulog, Betty’s Books, Baker City , OR


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