By Heather Lende
no matter if considering the mysterious dying of eccentric quick Joe, who wore not anything yet a pink union go well with and a hat he by no means took off, no longer even for a haircut; learning the main points of a one-legged woman gold miner's adventurous lifestyles; being concerned approximately her son's first goat-hunting excursion; watching the awe-inspiring Chilkat Bald Eagle competition; or ice skating within the shadow of glacier-studded mountains, Lende's warmhearted variety brings us within her small-town existence. We meet her husband, Chip, who owns the neighborhood lumber backyard; their 5 teenagers; and a colourful collection of quirky pals and acquaintances, together with getting older hippies, salty fishermen, local Tlingit Indians, and volunteer undertakers―as good because the moose, eagles, sea lions, and bears with whom they proportion this wild and threatening land.
Like Bailey White's stories of Southern lifestyles or Garrison Keillor's reviews from the Midwest, NPR commentator Heather Lende's tackle her offbeat Alaskan place of origin celebrates lifestyles in a deadly and breathtakingly appealing position.
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