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April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening with Barbara Drake-Vera


Books & Books


April 10
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books presents…



Melted Away: A Memoir of Climate Change and Caregiving in Peru

(LSU Press, $29.95)

Wednesday, April 10, 7 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is proud to present an evening with Barbara Drake-Vera discussing her new book: Melted Away: A Memoir of Climate Change and Caregiving in Peru (LSU Press, $29.95)

This event is FREE and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

A prolific poet as a child, Barbara Drake-Vera loved writing almost as much as she adored her father, a moody postal employee with an elaborate comb-over and a fondness for Mahler. But when her successes sparked his rage, Barbara silenced her voice for years, terrified even to see her name in print. By age forty-nine, she was a professional journalist living in Peru and collaborating with her husband, a Peruvian-born photographer, to report on melting glaciers in the Andes, far from the reach of her father.

Melted Away recounts what happens after her father is diagnosed with advancing Alzheimer’s and Barbara takes him into her home in Lima, beginning a process of self-discovery that uncovers a path toward personal and family healing. A diverse group of allies support her on this quest: a trio of caregiving women from the provinces, who serve as home-health aides; a mischievous, Cervantes-quoting, nonagenarian suitor; and a stubborn alpaca herder who lives beneath a long-worshipped, life-sustaining Andean glacier now melting from rapid climate change.Candid, poignant, and deeply researched, Melted Away is the true story of how a writer at midlife reclaims her agency, and an ardent plea to care for the planet by embracing collectivism and mutual aid.

About the Author:

Barbara is an award-winning fiction writer and journalist with credits in the Miami HeraldNBC.com, Village Voice, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Trend, North Dakota Quarterly, Red Rock Review, Portland Review, New Delta Review and Iris: A Journal for Women. Her honors include an Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction from the State of Florida and a fiction grant from the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council. While living in Peru from 2007 to 2014, she worked as a freelance reporter for U.S. and Latin American publications and as a field producer for NBC Nightly News and the TODAY Show, assisting with coverage of environmental news and the hunt for Dutch murderer Joran van der Sloot. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Purchase College, SUNY, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Florida.