If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska
Tiny Haines, Alaska, ninety miles north of Juneau, is 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 community affairs. As both obituary writer and social columnist for the... show more
Tiny Haines, Alaska, ninety miles north of Juneau, is 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 community affairs. As both obituary writer and social columnist for the local newspaper, Heather Lende knows better than anyone the goings-on in this breathtakingly beautiful place. Her offbeat chronicle brings us inside her busy life: we meet her husband, Chip, who owns the local hardware store; their five children; and a colorful assortment of friends and offbeat neighbors, including aging hippies, salty fishermen, native Tlingit Indians, Mormon spelunkers . . . as well as the moose, eagles, sea lions, and bears with whom they share this wild and perilous land.
Publish date: June 1st 2006
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Pages no: 281
Edition language: English
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Meh. I was expecting something more akin to Northern Exposure, which is one of my favorite shows. Instead it was more like: "...and in this chapter, this person died. And I visited the family. And it was sad."
with 1500 ratings @3.69 Heather Lende's I'D KNOW YOUR NAME is by no means despised by the GR crowd-source, but unfortunately I can't join the majority opinion. possibly this is a personal flaw; maybe I just need war, cities, action, violence, foreign landscapes, but I just kept waiting for eithera) ...
This is the story of small town newspaper obituary author Heather Lende. She shares the stories of people who have died on her watch - so actually the title should have been, "If You Died here, I'd know your name." I really wanted to like this book, as typically stories of Alaska are some of my fav...
I wanted to like this book. As I read it, though, the word that overwhelmed everything else was smug. "We're better than everyone else, because we live far, far away from medical care. We're better than everyone else, because we all take care of each other."Fine, except that the actual stories she t...