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Eiger Dreams: an excerpt

Into the Wild: an excerpt

Eiger Dreams: an audio excerpt

Into Thin Air: an audio excerpt


The outdoor adventure stories of Jon Krakauer are some of the most captivating writing being published today. Eiger Dreams, his collection of mountaineering essays, takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from Alaska to the Alps to the Himalaya. Into the Wild, the engrossing, tragic story of Chris McCandless, is a haunting book that remains with the reader far after the book is finished. Into Thin Air, the author's personal account of last year's disastrous Mt. Everest expedition, is the quintessential page turner and should already be considered a classic. Together they constitute a body of work that places Krakauer at the pinnacle of outdoor and adventure writing. Once you begin a Jon Krakauer book, one thing is certain: you will think of nothing else until you reach its conclusion.

In this issue, Krakauer shares with us some thoughts on writing and climbing, speaks further about that fatal day atop Everest, and explains his enduring obsession with Chris McCandless.

You'll also find print excerpts from Eiger Dreams and Into the Wild, as well as audio excerpts, read by Krakauer himself, for Eiger Dreams and Into Thin Air.
Photo of Jon Krakauer © Linda M. Moore.

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