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Snake Lake

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November 1, 2010 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 384 Pages | ISBN 9781582436494
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"[Snake Lake] rips into revolution and romance, death, and dharma." —Shambhala Sun

In a circular valley beneath the looming peaks of the Himalaya lies Kathmandu, Nepal. It’s a city of shimmering prayer flags, sacred cows, lavish festivals, and violent political turbulence—and a world that journalist Jeff Greenwald has come to call home.

Snake Lake unfolds during 1990’s dramatic “people power” uprising against Nepal’s long-entrenched monarchy. The story follows Greenwald as he wins the friendship of a high lama who reveals the pillars of Tibetan Buddhism; embarks on a passionate romance with a spunky but curiously unlucky news photographer; and discovers what democracy means to rural Nepali citizens—all while covering the revolution for a major American newspaper. Meanwhile, back in the U.S., Greenwald’s brilliant but troubled younger brother descends into a deepening depression. The author is forced to choose between witnessing Nepal’s long-overdue revolution and reconnecting with an alienated brother in desperate need of help.

Inspired by real events that evolved during one calamitous spring, Snake Lake weaves a vivid tapestry of Buddhism, revolution, and the often serpentine path to personal liberation.

JEFF GREENWALD is the author of five bestselling books, including Shopping for Buddhas and The Size of the World. His writing has appeared widely in print and online in such publications as the New York Times MagazineNational Geographic AdventureOutside, and He lives in Oakland, California.


“[Snake Lake] rips into revolution and romance, death, and dharma.” —Shambhala Sun

Snake Lake is not only an exploration of the depths of loss and a tender portrait of different kinds of love, it’s the fruit of many years of coming to know Nepal with an intimacy few travelers attain. A beautiful and moving book.” —Henry Shukman, author of The Lost City and Mortimer of the Maghreb

“Greenwald has a gift for electrifying descriptions of the profound intricacy of the world and the mind. His portrait of his erudite, inscrutable, and doomed brother and keenly illuminating memoir of place, spirit, love, and brotherhood are unforgettable.” —Booklist

“Absorbing.” —Kirkus

“Jeff Greenwald has always been a great travel writer, but in Snake Lake he transcends the genre by taking us on a perilous journey through the human heart. By turns poignant and hilarious, Greenwald molds the dramas of his life into teaching stories, filled with both passion and wisdom.” —Wes Nisker, author of The Essential Crazy Wisdom

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