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Nov 01 2010

If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name

Title: If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name

Author: Heather Lende

Reviewer: Kathy Brown, Director, Planning and Research, NCSU Libraries

Perhaps because I was raised in a geographically isolated town in northern Maine, this book resonated with me.  The author writes obituaries for the local paper in Haines, Alaska, a town of about 2400 people.  The book consists of vignettes that capture what it is like to live on the edge of nowhere, and Lende conveys a deep appreciation for the town’s inhabitants, their interactions, the natural beauty that surrounds them, and the cosmic issues that we all face.