Opening lines from recently published books

”In ancient Buddhist scriptures the Himalaya are referred to as the ‘storehouse of snow,’ and in 1996 the storehouse was filled again and again as unusual amounts of snow fell in the mountains.” From The Climb, an account of last year’s fatal Everest expedition by mountaineer Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston Dewalt (St. Martin’s, $24.95)

”In his old cabin lighter up Caxambas Creek, Lucius Watson sat straight up in the shard of moonlight, ransacking torn dreams for the hard noise that had awakened him — that rattling bang of an old car or truck striking a pothole in the sandy track through the slash pine wood north of the salt creek.” From the novel Lost Man’s River, the second volume of National Book Award winner Peter Matthiessen‘s Watson trilogy (Random House, $26.95)