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The Contest
Gordon Korman
0439401399
July 2002
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Book Description
Four kids. One mountain.They come from all across America to be the youngest kid ever to climb Everest. But only one will reach the top first. The competition is fierce. The preparation is intense. The challenge is breathtaking. When the final four reach the higher peaks, disaster strikes -- and all that separates the living from the dead is chance, bravery, and action.


Jon Krakauer's Adventure on Mt. Everest
Scott P. Werther
0516239023
Mar 2002
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-7-Part of a series offering shortened accounts of disasters and near disasters, complemented by a number of color photographs and simple maps. This entry is based on Krakauer's Into Thin Air (Anchor, 1999), an eyewitness account of the expeditions that resulted in a number of deaths on Mount Everest in May, 1996. This simplified retelling lacks the immediacy, high drama, and memorable detail of the original version. Werther shoehorns the facts into a tight (and formulaic) 48 pages, often veering toward oversimplification. Perhaps not surprisingly, there's no sense of perspective or poignancy. While the book may have some appeal to reluctant readers, most students would do better with Krakauer's definitive account or teenage climber Mark Pfetzer's Within Reach (Dutton, 1998).Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly...


Annapurna
Maurice Herzog
1558215492
June 1, 1997
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Book Review
Before Everest, there was Annapurna. Maurice Herzog led an expedition of French climbers to the summit of this 26,000-foot Himalayan peak in 1950. At the time of the assault, it was the highest mountain ever climbed, a remarkable feat in itself made all the more remarkable by the fact that it had never previously been charted. Herzog and his team not only had to climb the darn thing, they had to find the route. As riveting as the tale of the ascent remains nearly half a century later, the story of the descent through virtually unsurvivable--think avalanche and frostbite, for starters--conditions is unforgettable. Herzog's masterful account, finally back in print, is a monument of courage and spirit, an epic adventure excitingly told.

Review
"Those who have never seen the...


The Summit (Everest Series #3)
Gordon Korman
0439411378
August 2002
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Book Description
Four kids are prepared to go into thin air in order to become the youngest person ever to climb Everest. But they are not prepared for the challenges that await them as they get closer to the summit. Supplies are low. Conditions are extreme. One of the kids is trying to sabotage the others.And then the storm hits. . . .


On the Far Side of Liglig Mountain
Thomas Hale
0310216710
Jan 1990
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Book Description
On the Far Side of Liglig Mountain is a book that will take you lands away to the mysterious "closed" kingdom of Nepal, where its author, Thomas Hale, and his wife, Cynthia, have struggled to serve God as medical doctors. With beguiling humor and humility, Dr. Hale recounts his often amazing (and sometimes almost unbelievable) experiences in bringing western medicine to people who distrust -- even fear -- the introduction of ideas different from their own. He and his family work as a team to dispel that distrust and fear, and in the process have experienced incredible adventures. On the Far Side of Liglig Mountain is a book about - faith and courage - laughter and loving your neighbor - the hardships and the blessings of self-denial -- a book that you will not easily lay aside. Just as he has gained the trust and...


Mapping the Tibetan World
Atsushi Kanamaru (Editor)
0970171609
February 1, 2001
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From Library Journal
Although this book has about 300 very detailed maps everything from a map of Potala Palace to downtown Cheng-du it is essentially a travel guide rather than a history of mapping the Tibetan region, as the title may suggest. In the first chapter, the authors, all experienced travelers captivated by Tibet, are admirably forthright about the drawbacks of travel there (e.g., Tibetan mastiffs that bite on sight, the need for vaccinations, altitude sickness, and the absence of gourmet meals) and then spend the rest of the book focusing on the good points, such as the many monasteries and cultural sites and the ability to travel on $12 a day. Pages are filled with practical tourist information, basic tours, very detailed instructions (e.g., the building in front of which a bus leaves), and plentiful photos. Recommended...


Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Jon Krakauer
0385494785
October 1999
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Book Review
Into Thin Air is a riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder...


The Rough Guide Nepal 5
David Reed
1858288991
Oct 2002
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Book Description
INTRODUCTION Nepal forms the very watershed of Asia. Landlocked between India and Tibet, it spans terrain from subtropical jungle to the icy Himalaya, and contains or shares eight of the world’s ten highest mountains. Its cultural landscape is every bit as diverse: a dozen major ethnic groups, speaking as many as fifty languages and dialects, coexist in this narrow, jumbled buffer state, while two of the world’s great religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, overlap and mingle with older tribal practices. Yet it’s a testimony to Nepali tolerance and good humour that there’s no tradition of ethnic or religious strife. Unlike India, Nepal was never colonized, a fact which comes through in fierce national pride and other, more idiosyncratic ways. Founded on trans-Himalayan trade, the dense, medieval cities...


Lonely Planet: Nepal
Bradley Mayhew
1740594223
August 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there, chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the most jaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks for nearly 30 years and as a result, has the experience and know-how similar to an older sibling's "been there" advice. The original backpacker's bible, the LP series has recently widened its reach. While still giving insights for the low-budget traveler, the books now list a wide range of accommodations and itineraries for those with less time than money.

This completely updated guide contains excellent trekking information (including advice for those...



The Royal Ghosts : Stories
Samrat Upadhyay
0618517499
February 9, 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Nepali writer Upadhyay's stories (following last year's novel The Guru of Love) are set in the urban environment of modern-day Katmandu, where people's lives advance, or not, in the shadow of the country's turmoil. The title story takes place in June 2001, on the day Nepali Crown Prince Dipendra murdered his entire family before killing himself; its focus, however, is a rough-around-the-edges taxi driver coming to terms with his brother's homosexuality and his own intense loneliness. In "A Refugee," Pitamber offers to take Kabita and her daughter into his home and family after Maoist rebels killed her husband; his kindness backfires when he generous act alienates him from his son, wife and even another family he was trying to help. Other stories further illuminate the domestic side of Nepali life: in "The Wedding...


The Inheritance of Loss
Kiran Desai
0871139294
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. This stunning second novel from Desai (Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard) is set in mid-1980s India, on the cusp of the Nepalese movement for an independent state. Jemubhai Popatlal, a retired Cambridge-educated judge, lives in Kalimpong, at the foot of the Himalayas, with his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, and his cook. The makeshift family's neighbors include a coterie of Anglophiles who might be savvy readers of V.S. Naipaul but who are, perhaps, less aware of how fragile their own social standing is—at least until a surge of unrest disturbs the region. Jemubhai, with his hunting rifles and English biscuits, becomes an obvious target. Besides threatening their very lives, the revolution also stymies the fledgling romance between 16-year-old Sai and her Nepalese tutor, Gyan. The cook's...


Chomolungma Sings the Blues
Ed Douglas
0094763909
Feb 1999
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Interest in Mount Everest (called Chomolungma, or "Goddess Mother of the World," by the locals) and the surrounding high mountains of Nepal has placed enormous strain on both the physical environment and the people of the region. At any one time, thousands of foreigners are trekking and ascending the lesser peaks. Over 700 climbers have reached the summit of Everest itself, and it has become the sport of the wealthy. Permit fees run about $10,000 per person; most expeditions have base budgets beginning at $300,000. These groups, obviously well supplied, plus the many independent, low-budget travelers, leave behind massive amounts of litter and sometimes a shameful record of exploitation of their largely Sherpa porters. Douglas, a British climber and an editor of Climber magazine, reports skillfully on the two-edged...


Arresting God in Kathmandu
Samrat Upadhyay
0618043713
August 2, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Love and matrimony are as complicated in modern Nepal as anywhere else, as depicted in this debut collection of stories from one of the first Nepali authors writing in English to be published in the West. In only one of the nine stories does the focus waver from the tensions inherent in a class-conscious society where most marriages are still arranged, despite the fast-forward of globalization and a younger population used to traveling abroad or at least hearing about it. Parents such as the mother in "The Room Next Door" are angry and confused when their children are reluctant to conform. This mother is shamed when her college-age daughter becomes pregnant; the girl then marries the only man who might have her an unemployed simpleton who has appeared on their doorstep. Young couples at a loss to articulate...


Nepal
Jon Burbank
0761414762
October 2002
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Explores in pictures and text the cultural history and religious practices that still pervade everyday life for the major ethnic groups that inhabit this remote and fascinating mountain country. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


Field Guide to the Mammals of the Indian Subcontinent
K. K. Gurung
0123093503
Jan 1996
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Book Description

This book is a field guide to the mammals of this unique subcontinent and includes the best places to watch them. It describes each of the 100 plus species that can be recognized in the field, including identification, habitat, range, behavior, diet, breeding, status, and similar species. The Field Guide also contains color illustrations of each mammal as well as tracks of the more prominent species, and mammal lists and maps for each national park.

Key Features: The only current guide to mammals of the region Contains color pictures and full text on the 106 larger species likely to be encountered Includes drawings of tracks of key species to aid identification Presents full details of 23 parks and reserves, with location maps, visiting details and species lists for each

About the...



The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston DeWalt
0312965338
July 15, 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
The Climb is Russian mountaineer Anatoli Boukreev's account of the harrowing May 1996 Mount Everest attempt, a tragedy that resulted in the deaths of eight people. The book is also Boukreev's rebuttal to accusations from fellow climber and author Jon Krakauer, who, in his bestselling memoir, Into Thin Air, suggests that Boukreev forfeited the safety of his clients to achieve his own climbing goals. Investigative writer and Climb coauthor G. Weston DeWalt uses taped statements from the surviving climbers and translated interviews from Boukreev to piece together the events and prove to the reader that Boukreev's role was heroic, not opportunistic. Boukreev refers to the actions of expedition leader Scott Fischer throughout the ascent, implying that factors other than the fierce snowstorm may have caused this disaster. This new...


Living Martyrs
James F. Fisher
0195645448
Jan 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
This book details the life experiences of two important Nepalese. Tanka Prasad Acharya and his wife Rewanta Kumari. This is his story of a crusade against the autocratic Rana regime; it is also the story of Rewanta Kumari's struggle to keep the family together during the years of oppression
and to keep alive her husband's efforts of bringing an end to the rule of the Ranas.

Card catalog description
Biography, chiefly on Tanka Prasad Acharya, former prime minister of Nepal. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Jon Krakauer
0679457526
May 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
Into Thin Air is a riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder...


Tintin in Tibet (The Adventures of Tintin)

0316358398
April 30, 1975
Paperback
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Amazon.com
Along with Mickey Mouse and Asterix, Tintin is one of the world's most recognizable cartoon characters. If you haven't read any of his adventures, you are missing a real pleasure. The clean, crisp art style that defines modern European comics is almost entirely the influence of Hergé. Considered to be one of Hergé's masterworks, Tintin in Tibet is a great book for both old and new fans of Tintin. It is compelling, exciting, and spiritually rewarding in the way that the best comics stories can be.


Berlitz Pocket Guide: Nepal
Berlitz Publishing
2831572231
December 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
This guide is packed with stunning photographs, easy-to-use maps, and all the information you really need to know to get the most from your visit. Take in the highlights from the crowded streets of Kathmandu to the slopes of Mount Everest. Find information on where to enjoy fascinating Nepalese culture, sadhus, pagodas, stupas, Gurkhas and yak butter tea. You will find a complete guide to trekking, including planning advice practical tips and popular routes There are activities for all travelers including whitewater rafting, mountain-bike touring or historical sightseeing. You'll find all this and more in the Nepal Pocket Guide plus a guide to the Nepalese cuisine, language, exotic shopping and culture tips.


Dynamics of Foreign Policy and Law
Surya P. Subedi
0195672011
Jan 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book presents a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the international law aspects of Indo-Nepal relations and represents an important contribution to the debate on the subject. It covers all major questions facing the two countries, including political and security issues, trade and
transit problems, and water sharing.


Tiger Moon
Fiona Sunquist
0226779971
June 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Royal Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal is one of the largest tiger reserves in Asia; it is also home to other endangered species, including the one-horned rhinoceros. In 1974, the Smithsonian Institution, in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund and the Nepalese government, sent the authors to the park to study the tiger population, a two-year project that would use radio tracking for the first time. This account of their adventureshunting and immobilizing tigers, a close encounter with a rhino, the hardships of camp lifeis delightful. Stories about the elephants put the tigers in second place, however; we read of one occasion when an elephant capsized while crossing a river. (It survived.) Ten years later, the authors returned to Chitwan. They report that the tigers appear to be in good shape, but...


History of Nepal
John Whelpton
0521804701
March 2005
Paperback
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Review
'A History of Nepal will be of interest to any student of South Asian studies, since it fills a serious lacuna in scholarship on the region. ... Whelpton's text is the first accessible overview of Nepal's political history published by a university press in English. ... Whelpton deserves much praise for rising to the challenge of writing a comprehensive yet orderly history of a nation ... Whelpton succeeds on all accounts. As a result, A History of Nepal is a compelling narrative introduction to this frequently misunderstood country.' Times Higher Education Supplement

Book Description
While John Whelpton's history of Nepal focuses on the period since the overthrow of the Rana family autocracy in 1950-51, the early chapters are devoted to the origins of the kingdom and the evolving...


The Crystal Horizon: Everest-The First Solo Ascent
Reinhold Messner
0898865743
July 1998
Paperback
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From Library Journal
The controversial Messner, revered by some as the spiritual leader of mountaineering and denounced by others as a macho peak-bagger, chronicles his extraordinary 1980 solo climb of the world's tallest mountain. Messner's philosophy dictates that he climb without the aid of oxygen and unencumbered by the people and equipment of large-scale expeditions; he carries only a tent, camera, some climbing equipment, and food. Climbing from the Tibetan side, Messner provides intriguing observations of that mysterious region. He also includes fascinating stories of the climbers who preceded him. Messner presents selections from the diary of his American girlfriend, who accompanied him to base camp. Messner's reflections, coupled with those entries, show Messner to be egotistical and self-centered, perhaps the very...


Spirited Women
Joanne C. Watkins
0231102151
May 1996
Paperback
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Royal Society for Asian Affairs
Drawing threads of individual oral histories together with detailed ethnographic inquiry, Watkins weaves a colorful background to her analysis of gender relations among the Nyeshangte of the Nepal Himalaya. . . . The author traces through the history of the Nyeshangte people, their traditional trading practices and the historical and modern factors which have transformed their way of life.


Nepal
Kate A. Conley
1591972930
September 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4--This slim series title features pages of uncluttered text with full-color photo inserts, occasionally full page. Two-page chapters address "The Kingdom of Nepal," "A Nation of Farmers," "Land of Festivals," and more. The basic text will assist beginning or reluctant readers. Features and sidebars offer "Fast Facts," a brief time line, a recipe for a national dish, and a few words in Nepali. Unfortunately, much of the information provided is so oversimplified, vague, or misleading that it will give readers an inaccurate understanding of the country and culture. For example, there is no mention that the climate varies drastically by region. In addition, there are some obvious omissions. For example, comments about dress don't mention lungi or the topi, both ubiquitous items. For a basic, more...


Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Jon Krakauer
0613663616
July 2003
School & Library Binding
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