Next Up: ‘Three Cups of Tea’

Three Cups of Tea by
Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin

  • Date began: Nov. 13, 2011
  • Genre: Memoir (we also kept it in the World History section of Half Price)
  • Project: n/a
  • Reading Lists: Fall 2011
  • Got it: I believe it’s one of my last $1 find from last spring’s library book sale
  • Why I picked it up: The book has gotten a considerable amount of buzz in recent years and despite the latest scandal, I’ve heard nothing but good things. Plus, I need a good, non-religious, inspirational memoir every now and then.
  • Back of the book: In 1993 a mountaineer named Greg Mortenson drifted into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram mountains after a failed attempt to climb K2. Moved by the inhabitants’ kindness, he promised to return and build a school. Three Cups of Tea is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade Mortenson built not just one but fifty-five schools — especially for girls — in the forbidding terrain that gave birth to the Taliban. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit.

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