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Review: Find the Good

June 25, 2015

Find the Good

When Heather Lende, the obituary writer for her local small town newspaper, was asked to write an essay about one piece of wisdom to live by, she pondered for a while and came up with “Find the good.”  She says,

Find the good.  That’s enough. That’s plenty.  I could leave my family with that.

Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons From a Small-Town Obituary Writer by Heather Lende is a collection of inspirational essays about just that.  Lende draws on her experience writing obituaries in Haines, Alaska to find the good in most situations, whether it’s making friends while walking the dog, keeping a messy house when the grandchildren are around, or fulfilling your mother’s last wishes.

The essays are short and sweet and give readers a peek at life in one small Alaskan town.  There’s nothing particularly deep or earth shattering in this book but it’s pleasant and reassuring and I enjoyed it as I read it.  The essays don’t have to be read in any particular order so it’s easy to dip in and out of this book.  Pick Find the Good up when you’re looking to be inspired or give it as a gift!

Review copy provided by Algonquin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
22 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2015 6:27 am

    That sounds like a nice, quickish read…and such great advice! Sometimes we forget to find the good.

  2. Diane permalink
    June 25, 2015 6:56 am

    This is sitting on my nightstand, but each night I’m too tired to read in bed it seems:) Sounds like a good quick read.

  3. June 25, 2015 7:24 am

    I gave her first book to my mom, she really enjoyed it.

  4. June 25, 2015 7:34 am

    This will make a great gift for someone you love. It will also make for a great early morning or late night reading.

  5. June 25, 2015 7:40 am

    Yes, a good gift idea.

  6. June 25, 2015 8:00 am

    It’s high school graduation weekend around here and I’ll be near a bookstore today. Think I’ll stop in and take a close look…

  7. June 25, 2015 8:06 am

    I like the idea of a story based on obituaries. Reminds me of Dead End in Norvelt, which I loved!

  8. June 25, 2015 9:05 am

    I love books that are different and I love short stories, but I’m not quite ready to read something like this yet. Maybe someday.

  9. June 25, 2015 12:08 pm

    I feel that I am mostly a positive person but there are times where I dip my toe in negativity and books like this one are a good reminder to not do that! I have it on hold at the library so I will get to it at some point.

  10. June 25, 2015 12:28 pm

    This one sounds intriguing…I don’t often gravitate toward collections of essays or even short stories, but what an interesting theme! Thanks for sharing.

  11. June 25, 2015 1:27 pm

    “Find the Good” is a good message, I think. This sounds like a heartwarming book.

  12. June 25, 2015 2:05 pm

    I don’t usually read inspiration stories, but ‘short and sweet’ essays makes this one appealing to me.

  13. June 25, 2015 4:09 pm

    I do not really know

  14. June 25, 2015 4:32 pm

    I like the sound of this book.

  15. Patty permalink
    June 25, 2015 6:52 pm

    This sounds as though it would be an awesome book to read!

  16. June 25, 2015 11:26 pm

    I got these short and sweet stories sometimes, but for the most part they don’t stick with me. Usually uplifting while you’re reading them though!

  17. June 25, 2015 11:41 pm

    Even the statement of the title gets you thinking.

  18. readerbuzz permalink
    June 27, 2015 4:52 pm

    This sounds like a perfect book for me. Adding to my wish list! Thank you.

  19. June 28, 2015 2:39 am

    This does sound like great advice. I’ll have to flip through this one.

  20. Beth F permalink
    June 29, 2015 11:06 am

    I read several of these, and liked what I read.

  21. June 29, 2015 12:51 pm

    This sounds great and probably has some great advice for the rest of us

  22. bookingmama permalink
    July 6, 2015 2:40 pm

    Sounds like a fun/sweet read. I like that you can just read one or two at a time.

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