Dr. Mimi Zieman with Dr. Arlene Blum - Tap Dancing On Everest (Corte Madera Store)

Dr. Mimi Zieman
In conversation with Dr. Arlene Blum

Tap Dancing On Everest
A Young Doctor's Unlikely Adventure

Corte Madera Store
Wed., May 15th, 2024 • 6:00pm PT

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You can say Arlene Blum's book Annapurna: A Woman's Place inspired Mimi Zieman before she embarked on a solo trek around Nepal in 1985. Meet these two adventurers, scientists, advocates and authors as they discuss Mimi's memoir Tap Dancing on Everest, a coming of age story framed around her role as the doctor on a daring Everest expedition in Tibet.

The plan was outrageous: A small team of four climbers would attempt a new route on the East Face of Mt. Everest, considered the most remote and dangerous side of the mountain and only successfully climbed once before. Unlike the first larger team, Mimi Zieman's team would climb without using supplemental oxygen, porter support, or chance for rescue. She would accompany the climbers as the doctor--and only woman--although she was still in her third year of medical school. Full of self-doubt, Zieman grappled with whether to go but couldn't resist the call of the mountains. On Everest, when three climbers disappeared during their summit attempt, she reached the knife edge of her limits and dug deeply to fight for the climbers' lives and to find her voice.

Sparkling with suspense and vulnerability, Tap Dancing on Everest is a coming-of-age story about the risks we take to become our truest selves. Zieman weaves her childhood as the daughter of immigrants raised in 1970's New York City, her father a Holocaust survivor, with adventure and medicine, capturing the curiosity and awe of a young woman as she faces down messages to stay small and safe and ventures into the unknown.


Mimi Zieman, MD is the author of Tap Dancing on Everest: A Young Doctor's Unlikely adventure about the risks we take to become our truest selves. She’s written a play, The Post-Roe Monologues, and a medical guide, Managing Contraception. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, SalonThe Sun Magazine, Ms. Magazine, The Forward, NBC News THINK, and other publications. Her newsletter provides medical news along with inspiration from art and nature. Learn more at www.mimiziemanmd.com


Arlene Blum has a doctorate in biophysical chemistry and has taught at Stanford, Wellesley College, and the University of California, Berkeley. Her bestselling book Annapurna: A Woman’s Place was named one of the one hundred best adventure books of all time by National Geographic. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Arlene's latest work is Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life:

A legendary trailblazer, Arlene Blum defied the climbing establishment of the 1970s by leading the first all-female teams on successful ascents of Mount McKinley and Annapurna and by being the first American woman to attempt Mount Everest. At the same time, her groundbreaking scientific work challenged gender stereotypes in the academic community and led to important legislation banning carcinogens in children’s sleepwear. With candor and humor, Breaking Trail recounts Blum’s journey from an overprotected childhood in Chicago to the tops of some of the highest peaks on earth, and to a life lived on her own terms. Now with an index, additional photos, and a new afterword, this book is a moving testament to the power of taking risks and pursuing dreams.





Mimi Zieman photo courtesy of the author. Arlene Blum photo courtesy of the author.


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Tap Dancing on Everest: A Young Doctor's Unlikely Adventure By Mimi Zieman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781493078431
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Published: Falcon Press Publishing - April 2nd, 2024

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ISBN: 9780156031165
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Published: Mariner Books - March 5th, 2007