The Flight to Nepal is Long, Bring a Book!

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Are you about to take a trip to Nepal? Curious about Nepal? Here are some reading recommendations from our staff that you may not have heard of. Grab a cup of cocoa, tea or coffee and settle into your favorite reading spot to delve into the wonders of Nepal!

Touching My Father’s Soul: A Sherpa’s Journey to the Top of Everest
Jamling T. Norgay

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“In a story of Everest unlike any told before, Jamling Tenzing Norgay gives us an insider’s view of the Sherpa world. As Climbing Leader of the famed 1996 Everest IMAX expedition led by David Breashears, Jamling Norgay was able to follow in the footsteps of his legendary mountaineer father, Tenzing Norgay, who with Sir Edmund Hillary was the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest, in 1953. Jamling Norgay interweaves the story of his own ascent during the infamous May 1996 Mount Everest disaster with little-known stories from his father’s historic climb and the spiritual life of the Sherpas, revealing a fascinating and profound world that few — even many who have made it to the top — have ever seen.”

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Annapurna: The Epic Account of a Himalayan Conquest and Its Harrowing Aftermath
Maurice Herzog

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“By 1950, no mountain higher than 8,000 meters had ever been climbed. Maurice Herzog and other members of the French Alpine Club had resolved to try. Their goal was a 26,493-foot Himalayan peak, a mountain shrouded in mystery, called Annapurna. Annapurna is the unforgettable account of this dramatic and heroic climb, and of its harrowing aftermath. Although Herzog and his comrade Louis Lachenal reached the mountain’s summit, their descent was a nightmare of frostbite, snow blindness, and near death. With grit and courage manifest on every page, Herzog’s narrative — a much-loved classic of mountaineering literature — is one of the great mountain-adventure stories of all time.”

Review by: AbeBooks.com
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Fatalism and Development: Nepal’s Struggle for Modernization
Dor Bahadur Bista

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“The book concentrates on the social and cultural factors, which lie behind the current Nepal crisis locating the root cause in the Brahmin-Chhetri minority, which dominates Kathmandu and other towns. Fatalism and the caste system still flourish behind the facade of modern bureaucracy, at all levels of government, in education, foreign aid, politics and administration. The author attempts to distill all his experience into a portrait of his society.”

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Arresting God in Kathmandu
Samrat Upadhyay

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“From the first Nepali author writing in English to be published in the West, Arresting God in Kathmandu brilliantly explores the nature of desire and spirituality in a changing society. With the assurance and unsentimental wisdom of a long-established writer, Upadhyay records the echoes of modernization throughout love and family. In a city where gods are omnipresent, where privacy is elusive and family defines identity, these men and women find themselves at the mercy of their desires but at the will of their society.”

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Gaiety of Spirit: The Sherpas of Everest
Frances Klatzel

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“The term Sherpa has been used to refer to Himalayan men working as guides on expeditions around the area of Mt. Everest.  The Sherpas are an extraordinary ethnic people who settled the remote valleys in the Himalaya about 500 years ago and whose culture is steeped in the traditions of Himalayan Buddhism. For three decades, Frances Klatzel has lived and worked with Sherpas.  She has gained access and a knowledge of the people, helping to create the Sherpa Cultural Centre at Tengboche, the largest Buddhist monastery in the region. “

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