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About the book:
A renowned climber and National Geographic photographer shares his incredible adventures—and the early trauma that drove him to seek such heights—in a vivid memoir that spans the summit of Everest to the darkest corners of the soul.
“In order to escape madness, I will live madly. I will risk my life in order to save it.”
Growing up in the mountains of Utah, Cory was constantly surrounded by the outdoors. His father, a high school teacher and ski patroller, spent years teaching Cory and his brother how to ski, climb, mountaineer, and survive in the wild. Despite a seemingly idyllic childhood, the Richards home was fraught with violence, grief, and mental illness. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and dropping out of high school, Cory subsumed himself in the worlds of photography and climbing, seeking out the farthest reaches of the world to escape the darkness. Suddenly though, in the midst of a wildly successful career in adventure photography, a catastrophic avalanche changed everything, forcing Cory to confront the trauma of his past, evaluate his own mental health and learn to rewrite his own story.
The Color of Everything is a thrilling tale of risk and adventure, written by a man who has done it all: he’s stood at the top of the world, climbed imposing mountain faces alone in the dark and become the only American to summit an 8,000-meter peak in winter. But it is also the story of a tumultuous life--a stirring, lyrical memoir that captures the profound musings of a brilliant and unquiet mind grappling with the meaning of success, the cost of fame, addiction, and whether it is possible to outrun your demons. With exquisite prose and disarming candor, accompanied by stunning photos from his career, Richards excavates the psychological roots and effects of trauma and shares what it took for him to climb out.
About the author:
Cory Richards is an internationally renowned photographer, filmmaker/director, and writer. In 2011, Richards became the first and only American to climb one of the world’s 8000 m peaks in winter. His documentation of the climb and aftermath of the experience was made into the award-winning documentary COLD and appeared on the cover of the 125th anniversary issue of National Geographic Magazine. In 2012, Richards received the prestigious designation of National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and in 2014 was named a National Geographic Photographer Fellow. He is a two-time recipient of an Explorers Grant and has photographed twelve feature assignments for the magazine. Richards has an active speaking career, in which he speaks about conservation, mental health, leadership, and vulnerability.