Book Reviews of If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name : News from Small-Town Alaska

If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name : News from Small-Town Alaska
If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name News from Small-Town Alaska
Author: Heather Lende
ISBN-13: 9781565125247
ISBN-10: 156512524X
Publication Date: 3/29/2006
Pages: 296
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 72 ratings
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 12
I felt disappointed that the author kept coming back to her active Christianity... granted, it's a big part of her life and her place in her town, but it wasn't what I was expecting. I wanted to like this book much more than I did. The descriptions about Alaskan rural life were interesting, and her family was likable, but I didn't feel a connection.
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Helpful Score: 6
A comfortable, homey set of stories about Heather Lende's life in small-town Alaska. Lovely vignettes about lovely people. It will put a smile on your face (and maybe a tear in your eye).
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Helpful Score: 5
My husband and I brought this book along on our Alaskan cruise this past fall in order to get a sense for small-town life in the state. The author's accounts of her family's life within the community is eye-opening and richly detailed. Fascinating reading!
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Helpful Score: 4
Well written true stories with a personal twist to each one. A great inside peek into life in small town Alaska.

Since the author wrote obituaries for the local paper, she knew everyone in town. She tells their stories with plenty of generosity and a great deal of love. The big down-side: someone passes away in almost every story. Bring your kleenex - definitely an enjoyable and heartwarming read.
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Helpful Score: 4
What a fun and interesting read! You wouldn't think that would be the case as the author writes the obituary column for her local paper, but she tells about the people and locale in such lovely way it's had to put the book down. This one will be passed around my family for a while!
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Helpful Score: 3
I enjoyed this book very much. Lende's book is as welcoming as the title. She makes you feel right at home.
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Helpful Score: 3
Absolutely loved this book. It gives you a real flavor of what life is like in small-town Alaska. I disagree with other reviewer who felt she focused too much on religion - that would have turned me off. It is very well-written and entertaining. This is the kind of book that I had to pass on to friends when I finished reading it.
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Helpful Score: 3
I loved this book from cover to cover! Heather has a gift for welcoming you into her world and making you care deeply about the people who live there.

As the obituary writer for her local paper and columnist for other papers she has a knack for telling a story. I found myself in tears, grieving with parents over the loss at sea of a young son when his fishing vessel sank in the cold Alaska waters. She also has a talent for making you laugh and feel warmly toward the many characters who populate her small Alaskan village. This book is chock full of real people living real lives, and she can make it fascinating. I've bookmarked her website so I can read more of her writing.

A very intriguing inside look at life in a small and fairly untamed Alaskan town. I highly reoommend it!
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Helpful Score: 2
An enjoyable read. An interesting way to really get a sense of what small town Alaska is like.
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Helpful Score: 2
I loved every word, every page. Reminds me of my home, in another part of remote Alaska! Lende's town is woven into her heart -- wonderful read from the first word to the last.
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Helpful Score: 2
Another memoir of life in the country told through essays. What I liked most about this book was its celebration, of Alaska, their town, but mostly their people. And, oddly, but perfectly, these folks were generally celebrated through their obituaries. At first I thought it odd, until I realized the author was the town's obit writer. And she did every single one of them honor. This book did not remind me as much of Northern Exposure as one would be lead to believe, but still, a fine read.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is an interesting collection of short anecdotes centered around the small town of Haines, Alaska. Each has a homey feel, complete with eccentric townspeople and quirky events; for instance, parading a Dragon around at Christmastime. It somewhat reminded me of an indy movie, mixed with an episode of "Northern Exposure." Some of the author's insights are well-written and beautiful (the last story, especially, about her dog - it ripped my heart out). A good deal of this writing contains run-on sentences. For a professional writer, I was shocked that she didn't edit this better.

What I enjoyed most about this book was its depiction of life in a small town through obituaries. The writer effectively communicated the joy of living in Haines using a series of obituaries she writes for the paper there. She includes a "Duly Noted" page between short chapters to give the reader a flavor of the town news in Haines.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a special book. It describes a place and its people with such affection that you wish you could live there. The writing is superb. A keeper.
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Helpful Score: 1
This author covers the obituary and social columns for the local paper in her secluded Alaskan town. Her book introduces some of the real characters in this small town.
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Loved it!!!
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sorry folks, i couldn't finish this book, it didn't capture my attention.
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A fun read. You feel like you are sitting at the kitchen table with the author as she describes happenings in her family and small town Alaska.
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The book is all about a mom living in Alaska and just basically being an obituary writer and a wife and mother. There seemed to be a lot of death in it, but let's face it, she is an obituary writer. I kind of had to remind myself of that. My bad. I didn't finish the book because it was kind of boring in that she just detailed characters and friends of hers, and I have lots of characters and friends of my own who are even more interesting.
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Great book, especially if you've ever lived in a small town in Alaska!
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This is full of little stories and nuggets of info about Haines, Alaska. Has several heartfelt stories too.