By Walter Dean Myers
In a memoir that's gripping, humorous, and eventually unforgettable, ny occasions bestselling writer Walter Dean Myers travels again to his roots within the magical global of Harlem in the course of the Nineteen Forties and Fifties. this is the tale of 1 of the main distinct writers of younger people's literature today.
As a boy, Myers used to be quick-tempered and bodily powerful, regularly prepared for a struggle. He additionally learn voraciously-he might try out books from the library and hold them domestic, hidden in brown paper baggage so as to steer clear of different boys' teasing. He aspired to be a author.
But whereas turning out to be up in a terrible family members in Harlem, his wish for a profitable destiny reduced as he got here to achieve absolutely the category and racial struggles that surrounded him. He started to doubt himself and the values that he had constantly depended on, attending highschool much less and no more, turning to the streets and to his books for convenience.
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When I pulled those two outer gloves off, the skin on my hand and my arm immediately froze solid, even underneath that third expedition-weight glove. The shooting pain of instant frostbite so startled me that I lost my grip on the glove in my left hand, which the wind grabbed—whoooooosh—and sent into outer space. There was another pair of gloves in the pack on my back. But they might as well have been under my bed at home. In such a storm, there was no way I could take off that pack, put it down and rummage through it.
One day he emerged from his tent wearing a sombrero and a red-and-white outfit that looked like a striped sock. He looked more like a cartoon character than a climber. The Sherpas nearly fell out of their boots laughing. If you can wear a getup like that, I guarantee that you’re pretty sure of yourself in the company of other men. Once we were all fully acclimated to altitude—just before our final summit push—Taske supervised a Harvard two-step physiology test for our group. We were curious to see how members of the expedition would handle brief periods of intense effort.
There were also theme-night dinners, when the food and its preparation and everyone’s dress were supposed to complement one team member’s salient characteristic. I’d brought with me several pounds of bodybuilding powder, which I consumed daily to help keep my weight up. So at my theme dinner, the crowd showed up looking like drug dealers. For table decoration, someone produced a mirror and did lines of my powder on it. By far the predominant physical feature of Base Camp is the great Khumbu Icefall, which begins just a quarter mile away and stretches up the mountain for two miles and almost two thousand vertical feet.