Caxton Press
"On the Dark Side of the Moon: A Journey Toward Recovery" is by Mike Medberry. He will be in Salt Lake City on April 4.

"ON THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON: A Journey Toward Recovery," by Mike Medberry, Caxton Press, $14.95, 165 pages (nf)

Mike Medberry shares his journey of recovery from a debilitating stroke in his new book, “On the Dark Side of the Moon: A Journey Toward Recovery.”

In April 2000, Medberry ran a half-marathon; the next day he suffered a massive stroke while hiking with fellow environmentalists in the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in southeastern Idaho.

His friends had hiked on ahead while he took time to follow a slightly different route. It took almost a day for them to locate him and have him flown to the nearest hospital. The stroke, and his determination to conquer its effects, changed his perceptions of his work, his relationships and his life.

Through his own persistence, along with the love and support of family and friends, he regained most of the physical and mental functions he lost.

Twelve years later, the author has woven the story of his recovery from his debilitating stroke together with his ongoing battle to help preserve the natural habitats found in the Craters of the Moon National Monument.

Medberry paints detailed and vivid descriptions of the landscape in Craters of the Moon, which he says reminds him of the lava flows in the Hawaiian Islands, where he spent part of his childhood.

He makes apt comparisons between the land and the physical limitations created by the stroke as he shares the personal challenges and struggles of the recovery process.

A section of black and white photos is included in the center of the book.

Swear words are sprinkled throughout the text and there are descriptive references to sexual functions. The use of tobacco, alcohol and unmarried sex is accepted.

Currently based in McCall, Idaho, Mike Medberry has served as a senior environmentalist for several local and national conservation organizations and holds an MFA from the University of Washington. He has written nonfiction articles for Northern Lights Journal, High Country News, Black Canyon Quarterly, Hooked on the Outdoors and Wilderness Magazine.

He blogs at

If you go ...

What: Mike Medberry book signing

When: Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.

Where: Weller Book Works, 607 Trolley Square, Salt Lake City


Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street, Springville, Utah. She enjoys creating multimedia projects. Her website is at