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Deep Down Dark : The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Héctor Tobar

by Bond Drager on January 12th, 2015

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Just in time for those with the common New Year’s resolution to “Read More Books,” NPR’s Morning Edition has started their own book club. The premise of the club is simple:

A well-known writer will pick a book he or she loved. We’ll all read it. Then, you’ll send us your questions about the book. And about a month later, we’ll reconvene to talk about the book with the author and the writer who picked it.

This month’s choice, selected by author Ann Patchett, is “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free” by Hector Tobar. Morning Edition is taking questions for Hector Tobar on their Facebook page, and Twitter and Instagram under the hashtag #morningreads. On January 20th the show will select questions and have a conversation with the author.

I heard the description of the book on NPR and while it’s not a book I think I normally would have picked up, I’m glad I did. My main concern during the first chapter or two was whether I would be able to keep straight the many different characters. With 33 miners, all men with sometimes similar names, I started to wonder how I would remember who was who. I needn’t have worried: the author does a terrific job using callbacks and reminders to help the reader along. The story was gripping and well told.

Patchett described the author’s writing thusly: “He’s taking on all of the big issues of life,” she says. “What is life worth? What is the value of one human life? What is faith? Who do we become in our darkest hour?”

Though I remembered how the story ended because of the massive news coverage at the time, I had not realized the details of what was truly a miraculous and surprising rescue. It was fascinating reading about how the miners dealt with such a grim situation only to be faced with a media storm as soon as contact was made – though they remained trapped for many more weeks.

This was a terrific read; it’s a page turner that I would recommend to a broad audience.

Find the book in our catalog record here:

http://alec.icpl.org/record=b1442811

Listen to NPR’s interview with Hector Tobar here:

http://www.npr.org/2015/01/20/377462181/book-club-hector-tobar-answers-your-questions-about-deep-down-dark

 

 

On Air: The ICPL Podcast – Episode 5

by Bond Drager on November 4th, 2014

Get the podcast here or from iTunes or Stitcher

Episode 5: “Favorite Picture Books & The Book Genre Dating Game”
01:15 Brian talks the TV show Arrow
02:26 Jen is watching Inspector Lewis
04:00 Jason is listening to the new Caribou album
06:30 Meredith is watching The Walking Dead and reading This is Where I Leave You
07:52 It’s National Picture Book Month so the staff are recommending both old and new favorites.
Old favorites: Jen shares Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer, Brian likes Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, Jason loves the Berenstein Bears series, and Meredith likes the Eloise series by Kay Thompson.
New favorites: Jason recommends Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers, Brian likes Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt, Jen shares The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson, and Meredith is a fan of The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers.
30:39 It’s the Book Genre Dating Game – Jen will ask the other panelists questions and they will answer as the book genre of their choice. At the end Jen promises to choose one and read a recommended book!

Video Staff Picks: All Iowa Reads with Susan

by Bond Drager on October 15th, 2014

Need a good book to read? Join our library director Susan for some wonderful book recommendations taken from the All Iowa Reads list.
This year’s author, Thomas Maltman, visited ICPL recently. A video of that talk is here: http://video.icpl.org/maltman

Video Staff Picks: with Terri

by Bond Drager on August 29th, 2014

Terri’s back to talk about some great biographies from musicians and sports heroes.

Video Staff Picks: Book Club Recommendations and Epistolary Novels

by Bond Drager on August 4th, 2014

Meredith talks about one of her favorite epistolary novels (stories made up of letters or correspondence) and Katherine shares a novel that was a hit at her local book club.

Video Staff Picks – British TV and Getting the Body of a Werewolf

by Bond Drager on July 10th, 2014

Jason talks about a British mystery series you may have missed, and Melody shows that the library can teach you how to have the body of a werewolf.

Video Staff Picks with Terri

by Bond Drager on March 17th, 2014

On this episode of Staff Picks, Terri tells us about some great documentaries in the ICPL collection, some CDs, and coffee table books.

Valentine’s Dessert with Candice – Video Staff Picks

by Bond Drager on February 14th, 2014

Candice takes us behind the scenes at ICPL to make a special chocolate caramel sauce from the Mast Brothers Chocolate Cookbook.

 

Wedding Planning with Melody – Video Staff Picks

by Bond Drager on January 22nd, 2014

http://youtu.be/_sw1-LOj_64&feature=share&list=UUEXlbi37g52Bo9SdHQUtCQA-A&w=460]

Are you planning a wedding? We’ve got you covered. In this video, Melody talks about books and magazines in our collection that will give you some great ideas.
Items mentioned include

Planning a Wedding to Remember
by Beverly Clark

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts

Michaels Book of Wedding Crafts

Creating Vintage Cards
by Jill Haglund

Paper to Petal
by Rebecca Fuss & Patrick Farrell

Flower Style
by Diane Wagner

Bouquets: A Year of Flowers for the Bride
by Marsha Heckman

BRIDES Magazine

Digital Magazines available online at
icpl.org/zinio

Wedding books are available at
call number 395

Crafts books are available at
call number 745

Video Staff Picks – with Kara

by Bond Drager on November 27th, 2013

 




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