Why climb Mount Everest? “Because it’s there.”

aboveallthingsThe Staff Picks Book Group just read and discussed Tanis Rideout’s historical novel Above All Things, and not only did we find the novel imaginative and emotionally compelling, we were fascinated by the climbers’ obsession with reaching the summit of Mount Everest.

Rideout did an excellent job incorporating historical detail into the novel in a natural (i.e. not tedious) way, and to do so she drew on many other books and original documents. If you’re interested in George Mallory’s three expeditions in the 1920s, or climbing attempts on Mount Everest generally, try one of these books or documentaries from the library’s collection:

There is also an Everest webcam so anyone in the world can see the summit of Everest live. (Keep the time difference in mind…it might be daytime here and nighttime there, in which case it’s too dark to see anything.)

Photo of Mount Everest from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia via Credo Reference database

Photo of Mount Everest from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia via Credo Reference database

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