Join us on Zoom to discuss this month's Virtual Non-Fiction Book Club selection, Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small Town Politics, by Heather Lende. Books are available in eBook and audiobook format from Hoopla using your Wauconda Area Library card. If you need help accessing Hoopla, or want to obtain a physical copy of the book, please reach out to Kelly Kuningas at email@example.com.
Once we are closer to the date of the meeting, you will receive a separate email with the Zoom link to join the discussion. We are looking forward to reading and discussing with you! We are thrilled that the author, Heather Lende, will be joining us to discuss the book and answer questions.
"Lende’s vivid descriptions, good-natured humor, and adoration for her quirky neighbors further energize this engaging tale."
“A detailed and amiable chronicle of [Lende's] three-year term as assemblywoman in Haines Borough, Alaska . . . Lende successfully balances the dry facts of assembly reports with humorous character sketches and lyrical odes to the natural beauty of Alaska. The result is an honest and inspirational investigation into why 'it’s easy to say what’s wrong with government; it’s harder to fix it, and progress can be very slow.'”
“In this fraught, bewildering American era, Heather Lende’s latest memoir is a blessed balm…What a blessing Lende’s view of democracy, which she calls ‘glorious chaos,’ is in this dark era.. She reminds us about the dreams we share, especially now, as we cry for, and struggle to save, our beloved country.”
– The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“[Lende’s] hard-won experience serves as both a Trump-era warning and a clarion call for citizens everywhere to honor public service and the representative democracy that depends on it.”
– Anchorage Daily News
““As the reader follows [Lende’s] soul-searching perseverance, a heartwarming realization of our common humanity and of our struggles to understand and live with each other shines through. This is, above all, an uplifting story of democracy at work in a far-flung, beautiful part of the U.S.”