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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 Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, and Salon.com. He lives in Oakland, California.


Praise for Snake Lake "[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's tale is masterfully multi-layered ... As events political and personal unfold, Greenwald interweaves the evolving tale of the [Kathmandu] revolution with his own emotional odyssey through death and love toward enlightenment. In the end, his arduous journey deeply illumines our own." --National Geographic (Book of the Month for October) "Absorbing." --Kirkus "Travel writer Jeff Greenwald's most compelling journey yet. Set against a backdrop of revolution in Nepal, twin narratives--the author's introduction to Buddhism and his brother's suicide--form a compelling caduceus (note clever snake symbolism) of deepening mystery. This is a brave, honest, vivid, and thoughtful book." --Mary Roach "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 "Funny, informative, sad and precise, this is the best new travel narrative I've read in years." --Tim Cahill, author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh and Hold the Enlightenment

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