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Find the Good Audiobook

Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons From a Small-Town Obituary Writer

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 06-22-16
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 06-22-16 Member Since 2016

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "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!

    43 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    C. L. McClish Emeryville, CA USA 12-25-15
    C. L. McClish Emeryville, CA USA 12-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "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.


    27 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    mary jean davis 06-22-15
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    Great story!!! Liked the personal touch of her life woven around stories of the deceased

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Christine 08-02-16
    Christine 08-02-16
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    "A mental Holiday for me"
    If you could sum up Find the Good in three words, what would they be?

    Relaxing Warm Friendly


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Everyone Heather spoke about because she brought them to life in such a natural way.


    What about Heather Lende’s performance did you like?

    I loved the fact that she read this book like she was living it. Actually, Heather spoke the whole book to the reader. It was as if you'd known her all her life and you and her were sitting having a cuppa together. It was as if she had been away and stayed in a small country town for a while and she was back, and telling you, her best friend, all about her stay and the people she met who lived there. It was real. It was real because it was spoken in a real and natural way.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Find the Good?

    My main insight application would come from the writers aspect. I learned from Helen's dialogue sections. I learned from her ways of introducing certain aspects and linking others.
    However, I will remember the name of the book because I enjoyed the whole story and the way it was told. This in itself will move me to remember to apply it's title when I find myself sliding into anything that resembles the critical. I'll probably smile to myself and think - find the Good here instead dear.


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely read or listen to novels. My choice is usually self-help, psychology, inspirational, biography, religious or just plain non-fiction. I chose this book to walk along side an Obituary writer and explore her mind knowing her occupation was one that draws heavy on the emotions.
    I know now, that Heather's coping medication is "Find the Good" and it was very inspiring to journey along with this through the different characters. Thanks Heather, for a wonderful light and friendly telling of the people in that town.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    melina 10-23-15
    melina 10-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "How to make 3 hours fly by with tears and laughter"
    What did you love best about Find the Good?

    I loved everything about this audio book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Find the Good?

    This was one of the most authentic readings that I have ever listened to. There is something really magical when an author reads his/her own book this well.


    Have you listened to any of Heather Lende’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was an excellent reading. I felt like I was sitting at her kitchen table with a cup of tea in my hand and she was just talking to me. This reading is full of authentic emotion-- joy and sorrow.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself driving down the road crying at several points. But not in a devastating way. There was always laughter as well. At certain points the author/reader cracks up authentically. It made me smile as well.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite listens ever.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Dieckman MUSCATINE, IA, US 09-01-16
    Angela Dieckman MUSCATINE, IA, US 09-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Simple yet important message"

    I enjoyed this book because it was a lovely reminder to value of the truly important things in life and not to miss opportunities. I enjoyed the stories of the small town in Alaska and how all of the inhabitants bump up against one another while they're doing life. It was just a simple and sweet book but very worth reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yolanda 06-27-15
    Yolanda 06-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun and Thoughtful"

    The story was fun and interesting. The reader was pleasant to hear. Find the Good.

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    L.P. Omaha, NE 08-30-16
    L.P. Omaha, NE 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful"

    Enjoyed everything about this book more than I can say. I was enveloped in humor, wisdom, warmth, tears, friendship, love, joy, peace...absolutely a wonderful read. Buying manylcopies for gifts.

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    Mary Lewis Corning, NY 07-01-16
    Mary Lewis Corning, NY 07-01-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful Memoir"

    As a pastor, I often find myself in a similar role as the author, sitting with grief-stricken families and piecing together the stories of loved ones. As sad as that job can be, it can also be incredibly life-affirming and life-enhancing. Heather Lende captures those things well in this lovely little book. While the author is obviously not a professional narrator, her reading made me feel like I was listening to a friend share some of her most meaningful stories.

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    Idrees Haddad 06-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A heart-warming book"

    Heather is a heart warming author and a great narrator. There was times when she was about to cry, you can hear that in her voice, such a genuine woman, it made the book really better.
    I'm a Muslim and I do not agree with certain views about death and the lack of view on afterlife, but never the less, I really enjoyed the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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