BOOK CORNER: Vale Club reads up on Heather Lende’s Alaska

Books on the Vale Book Club's reading list can be checked out at the Vale Library. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

"If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name: News From Small-Town Alaska,” by Heather Lende, chronicles the various lives and deaths of the people of Haines, Alaska, an almost inaccessible hamlet 90 miles north of Juneau.

The Vale Book Club will discuss this non-fiction selection this Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the home of Carol Spears, 683 Cottage St. S., Vale. Brandi Lund will act as facilitator.

In writing her social and obituary columns for Haines’ Chilkat Valley News, the author blends reportage and humor. Lende deftly incorporates local color: the sewer plant manager who rides a motorcycle and sports a ZZ top beard, the high school principal who moonlights as a . . .