Beyond the Sky and the Earth

Beyond the Sky and the Earth

A Journey into Bhutan

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9781573228152
  • 320 Pages
  • Riverhead Books
  • Adult


Jamie Zeppa was 24 when she left a stagnant life at home and signed a contract to teach for two years in the Buddhist hermit kingdom of Bhutan. Much more than just a travel memoir, Beyond the Sky and the Earth is the story of her time in a Himalayan village, immersed in Bhutanese culture and the wonders of new and lasting love. Whether you’re travelling to Bhutan, looking for the best travel writing around, or wishing to be transported to a culture, mindset, and spiritual ethos wonderfully different from your own, Beyond the Sky and the Earth is a joyous and lush memoir that will transform the way you think of faith, Western life, and love.
Beyond the Sky and the Earth

Beyond the Sky and the Earth

Written by: Jamie Zeppa


Banff Mountain Book Competition – winner
Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award – winner


“Reading the early pages of this rich, romantic, lushly descriptive memoir of Zeppa’s three years in the tiny Buddhist kingdom just south of Tibet, I counted my cushy American blessings…But by the end, I not only got why Zeppa stayed in Bhutan… I actually envied her experience. Her tale is part love story, part history lesson and part Buddhism 101…Zeppa writes romantically without romanticizing, and her fascinating story is something you’ll marvel at the first time and want to go back to again and again.” –Mademoiselle

“Heartfelt…a good reminder that your passport, both literally and figuratively, can open up an entire world of possibilities.” –Harper’s Bazaar

“Zeppa’s story sheds the customary contours of the year-abroad memoir and starts to become something more like a memoir of conversion, a testament of newfound faith.” –The New York Times Book Review

“A joy to read.” –Chicago Tribune