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As she was digging deep into the lives of community members, Heather Lende, the obituary writer for her tiny hometown newspaper in Haines, Alaska, began to notice something. Even the crustiest old Alaskan sourpuss who died in a one-room cabin always had Halloween candy for the neighborhood kids, and the eccentric owner of the seafood store who regularly warned her about government conspiracies knew how to be a true friend - his memorial service was packed.
When Lende started intentionally seeking what was positive and true in people and situations in her own life - whether it was finding common ground with her opponents on the school board or accepting that her unmarried daughter's pregnancy might be a blessing - she felt happier, and life seemed more meaningful, too. Awful events - from a recent school shooting across the country to a fisherman drowning in Haines - are always followed by dozens and dozens of good deeds. When tragedy strikes, we can choose to focus on the first responders rushing toward the scene or the guys grilling hot dogs for hurricane refugees, and, like yawning, caring is contagious. There's so much to gain by taking responsibility for your own happiness and nothing to lose. In stormy times like these, we have to make our own good weather, and Find the Good shows us how.
©2015 Heather Lende (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

" Find the Good is a gem of a book. It’s honest and funny, reminding us to live in the moment and to pay attention to those around us. A joy to read." (Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Gillian on 06-22-16

Life, Death, Grace & Humor

I think about life and death a lot, sometimes too much. This little book brought so much light and humor into my thoughts about it, it's unreal. Here are wonderful stories about fishermen with tough lives who are remembered for putting holes in their nets so some salmon can break free; a young mother dying of cancer who'd very much like a say in what her obit will be; one woman so broken by her son's death she can only answer questions by slipping notes under the door; and even a brain-damaged cat who saw children from potty training to the prom whose death is a quiet and merciful gift. This is about beauty and friendship, about trying to live your life and leave it still under construction, leave it filled with surprises for those who are left behind.
You can listen to this all in one sitting, you'll want to, but I recommend coming back to it also. It's filled with little stories that Lende has turned into touching and beautiful metaphors, and it's narrated in a very engaging, very warm style. Then too, it's a great book filled with humor that will have you chuckling. 'Cause life, and death, are funny if you're doing it the right way.
You can't have love without loss, that's the gift of it all, the many blessings. But "Find the Good" reminds us that you can't have loss without embracing it and coming out with more love than you thought possible. Wonderful little book!

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5 out of 5 stars
By C. L. McClish on 12-25-15

This obit writer writes with her heart

Find the Good, written by Heather Lende. This is the only book I finished this year. I didn't want it to end. Lende, who was the narrator, is an excellent storyteller.

Listening to Lende read her book was like sitting in a cafe with my one of my besties just hanging on each word that fell out of her mouth in each chapter. Since she was an obituary writer in a small town she knew almost every one she wrote about. It was riveting and compelling, especially if the obit she wrote was about a friend.

This book, however, wasn't a tearjerker - OK I did tear up once or twice - the book left me feeling positive and optimistic. The book's title was spot on.


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