Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics

Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics

by Heather Lende

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“This book will inspire people to work with and for their neighbors in all kinds of ways!” —Bill McKibben, author of Falter 

The writer whom the Los Angeles Times calls “part Annie Dillard, part Anne Lamott” now brings us her quirky and compassionate account of holding local office.
Heather Lende was one of the thousands of women inspired to take a more active role in politics during the past few years. Though her entire campaign for assembly member in Haines, Alaska, cost less than $1,000, she won! But tiny, breathtakingly beautiful Haines—a place accessible from the nearest city, Juneau, only by boat or plane—isn’t the sleepy town that it appears to be: from a bitter debate about the expansion of the fishing boat harbor to the matter of how to stop bears from rifling through garbage on Main Street to the recall campaign that targeted three assembly members, including Lende, we witness the nitty-gritty of passing legislation, the lofty ideals of our republic, and how the polarizing national politics of our era play out in one small town.

With an entertaining cast of offbeat but relatable characters, Of Bears and Ballots is an inspirational tale about what living in a community really means, and what we owe one another. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643750569
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 06/30/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 129,459
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Heather Lende has contributed essays and commentary to NPR, the New York Times, and National Geographic Traveler, among other newspapers and magazines, and is a former contributing editor at Woman’s Day. A columnist for the Alaska Dispatch News, she is the obituary writer for the Chilkat Valley News in Haines and the recipient of the Suzan Nightingale McKay Best Columnist Award from the Alaska Press Club. Her previous bestselling books are Find the Good, Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs, and If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name. Lende was voted Citizen of the Year, Haines Chamber of Commerce, in 2004. Her website is heatherlende.com.

Table of Contents

1 Election Day 3

2 Running for Office 19

3 Robert's Rules of Order 33

4 It's Problematic 49

5 Lessons in Civility 67

6 Change of Address 93

7 Be Kind, Be Brave, Be Thankful 111

8 Glorious Chaos 137

9 It's Not Quitting Time 151

10 Recall, Part One 169

11 Recall, Part Two 185

12 Be Like Ray 197

13 Looking in a Broken Mirror 211

14 Nature Remains 227

15 Granny's Got Another Gear 245

16 Home Safe 261

Acknowledgments 273

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