Find the Good; Heather Lende
Algonquin - 2015
In the tiny town of Haines, Alaska (population 2,000), author Heather Lende has been writing obituaries for the local newspaper. It's easy in a town like this to really get to know the people of the town. Of course, not everyone, even in a small town like Haines, becomes your friend. However, when a person in the town dies, Heather's job is to write about their life, and to "find the good", in everyone that she write's about.
Told in short, essay style chapters, Find the Good, is both quirky and moving. She shows readers how to find the positive even in negative situations although we might not be able to see it at the time. Whether it's losing a job, the break up of a marriage, there is an opportunity to start fresh and to make things better.
There are many lessons to be learned by reading this short book. I consider myself to be a fairly thick-skinned individual, but surprisingly, I found moments when soon after laughing about something I read, I was then shedding a tear. It was touching to read about how someone's lowest moments in life reached new highpoints, simply because of the compassion shown by others. For cat lover's there's a sweet essay: Take the Kind of Happiness That Comes Your Way, about a sweet cat named Betty, who started out as the runt of the litter. This was one of the essays that brought a tear to my eye.
I found it surprising that someone could turn such a grim topic like death into truly a delightful read. Heather gives us new insight on what it means to live a meaningful life.
I can't wait to try Heather's first book, If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name.
(sent by publisher)