“At long last, it seemed as though I was really nearing the roof of the world.”–Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air
- Here’s what happens:
- This is Jon Krakauer’s personal account of the 1996 Everest disaster. Most of us are fairly familiar with Mt. Everest, the dangers involved in climbing a mountain that high, and its grisly history, and while some details and portrayals of Krakauer’s book have been disputed, the story is pretty straightforward, offering both a history of climbing expeditions and the details of what exactly happened in this particular event.
- It’s good because:
- Krakauer is one of those rare nonfiction writers that makes a true account read like a spell-binding novel–even if you already know what happens. He is great at imparting tons of history, facts, and information, while also throwing in a few cliffhangers (pun-intended).
- Read if:
- You enjoy adventure stories, and seek to know more about the adventurers behind those stories. Also, read if you have a high tolerance for the use of the word “gregarious” because, for an unknown reason, he utilizes this adjective at least six times in the 280-page book (He manages to do it twice within two pages at one point).
Up next: England with Robert Galbraith’s (or J.K. Rowling) The Cuckoo’s Calling.