It was the disaster story that had a miraculously happy ending when, back in July, nine Pennsylvania miners trapped underground for 77 hours emerged alive. Hyperion signed up all the miners for their first-person accounts and within four months published Our Story: 77 Hours that Tested Our Friendship and Our Faith by the Quecreek Miners as told to Jeff Goodell (a journalist and published author). The publisher's parent company, ABC, aired a made-for-TV movie last month, and Oprah provided another sales push when all nine miners and their wives were guests. The book has had three printings, making for 115,000 in print.
Volume 249 Issue 49 11/11/2002