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Local Author Reflects on Book About Meaning of Death

In 2001 a gruesome murder took place in Hanover, NH of Dartmouth professors Half and Susanne Zantop. This began an unpredictable writing relationship between Irene Kacandes, a professor of German Studies, who saw the Zantops as her mentors, and a Valley News editor, Steve Gordon, who later started Hand to Heart, a massage therapy group that provides services to terminally ill patients.

Steve helped Irene and others tell about the Zantops’ lives by letting them publish personal stories and photos in the Valley News at the one year anniversary of their murders.

Irene and Steve’s book, “Let’s Talk about Death” is available through Amazon.com in both  hard and electronic versions. Also, Irene a great supporter of local book stores so she encourages you to go into yours and ask for it. If they don’t have it they’ll be happy to order a copy.


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