August 2, 2013

Good Summer Reading 2013

Paperback books on a table

A perennial favorite, this edition of "Good Summer Reading" focuses on the work of authors Mike Medberry of Boise and Jo Deurbrouck of Idaho Falls. Marcia Franklin talks with the authors about their books, and gets their picks for good summer reads.

Medberry has penned a memoir called On the Dark Side of the Moon: A Journey to Recovery, about his 2000 stroke while at the Craters of the Moon National Monument. Medberry, who lay dying for several hours before he was rescued, interweaves the story of his recovery with his love for the brutal yet beautiful area, and his longstanding efforts to help secure an expansion of the monument designation, which happened later in 2000.

Deurbrouck's book, Anything Worth Doing, is an ode to Idaho whitewater raft guides Clancy Reece and Jon Barker. Reece died in 1996 during an attempt to set a speed record in a dory on the Salmon River, and Deurbrouck, a river rafter herself, was drawn to his story of both freedom and risk. The book won a National Outdoor Book Award in 2012 in the History/Biography category.