Thursday, June 30, 2011

Take Good Care of the Garden and The Dogs: A Book Review

About The Book:

After a near-fatal bicycle accident in her tiny Alaskan town, bestselling author Heather Lende has an opportunity to contemplate faith and friendship, observe the breathtaking beauty of the northern wilderness anew, and truly come to appreciate the remarkable inhabitants of Haines, Alaska, without whom she could never have recovered. Lende's idea of spirituality is rooted in community, and her irrepressible spirit and commitment to living life on the edge of the world deepens our understanding of what links us all. Like her own mother's last instructions, ''Take good care of the garden and the dogs," Lende's writing, so honest and unadorned, offers profound lessons to live by. Here she reminds us (courtesy of Ralph Waldo Emerson) that "the proper response to the world is applause."

About The Author:

Heather Lende has contributed to NPR's Morning Edition, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Washington Post, as well as National Geographic Traveler and Country Living magazines. She is a columnist for Woman's Day magazine and also writes an online column for the Alaska Dispatch.

For more information, view Heather Lende's Web site.

My Review:

This is the first of Heather Lende's writing I have had the pleasure of reading, but it will certainly not be the last. Combining a novel style with a memoir was pure genius. The writing is done in such a conversational manner, that I felt I was sitting right with the author and experiencing each life situation she did. From her accident recovery to the death of her mother, you will be taken on a remarkable, emotional journey. You will also be introduced to life in Alaska, USA and learn about culture, food, and life in small town Alaska. A great, quick read for your summer reading list.

I definitely want to read more with If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name, which I have heard amazing things about too!

A fabulous read that I highly recommend.

BUY IT: You can purchase Take Good Care of the Garden and The Dogs online through Amazon

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the author and FSB Media, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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