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"a lively, gritty memoir...(that) conveys both the tension and triumph of a wild adventure."- Kirkus

"thrilling account of incredible adventure and an inspiring story of self-discovery....impossible to put Tap Dancing on Everest down." - Readers Favorite

"breathtaking memoir...a universal tale of defying societal expectations and venturing into the unknown." American Writing Awards



Named a Must-Read Book for 2024 by Independent Book Review:​

"a riveting memoir...the overall quality of the writing is exceptional."

Winner, Best Memoir Spring, 2024

Winner, Best Non-fiction Book, Spring 2024

Step into the Adventure


Tap Dancing on Everest

A Young Doctor's Unlikely Adventure

More than a Memoir: A Journey of Adventure and Empowerment


Discover the story of a 25-year-old medical student who battled vulnerabilities to become the doctor—and only woman—on a daring Everest climb. Tap Dancing on Everest weaves together adventure, medicine, and a powerful narrative of self-discovery.


From the streets of NYC to the slopes of the highest peak on Earth, follow the curiosity and awe of a young woman as she faces down childhood messages to stay small and safe and ventures into the unknown.

“Tap Dancing on Everest” is gorgeous. It is so full of joy, zest and fun and yet with some profound thoughts. Once started you cannot put it down."

- Sir Chris Bonington
Author of Everest the Hard Way, knighted for his services to mountaineering

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“With a poetic vision that is staggering in its honesty and beauty, Mimi Zieman brings readers into the heart of a Himalayan ascent, guiding us along some of the unexpected pathways that intense adventures can trace in both body and mind.”

- Katie Ives
Imaginary Peaks: The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams 

“Tap Dancing on Everest is that rare book that manages to capture the adrenaline rush of a thrilling adventure and the gut-wrenching pathos of an epic tragedy. Mimi Zieman is telling a story that readers will be unable to put down... I was utterly captivated by this story. You will be, too.”

- Steve Almond

All the Secrets of the World 

“The best ascent of Everest in terms and style of pure adventure.”

- Reinhold Messner

The first man to solo Everest

“Mimi Zieman’s book is an ideal alchemy of grit and grace. The lessons Zieman learns on the mountain are important lessons for us all. A wild and deeply satisfying journey.”

- Emily Rapp Black

The Still Point of The Turning World 

“Mimi Zieman is brave, tough, and impressive when on Everest, and lively, engaging, and funny when on the page. After returning from her climb, she says she was “very grateful for ceilings.” I myself, am grateful for her vivid recounting of all her journeys.”

- Meg Wolitzer
 The Interestings

More Advanced Praise for Tap Dancing on Everest 

“The story takes place on a frozen summit but is bound to melt your heart. The courage that drove her to this unlikely adventure permeates her candid recounting of her breathtaking tale.”

- Etgar Keret

The Seven Good Years

“From page one, Tap Dancing on Everest draws you into the heart-stopping world of mountaineering.  An engaging narrative rich in details and vulnerability, the story captures the adventure in reaching beyond one's comfort zone and into the unknown."

- Johanna Garton

Edge of the Map:  The Mountain Life of Christine Boskoff

 “In beautiful prose, Zieman brings us into her family’s Jewish immigrant roots, her city childhood, her dream to become a dancer, and how climbing and adventure helped her reconcile her past with the woman she became.”

- Ann Hood

Comfort: A Journey Through Grief

“[This] story touched me deeply.”

- Dr. Tom Hornbein

Everest: The West Ridge
and High-altitude medicine researcher

 “A captivating story, seldom told, about what it’s like to take care of Everest climbers from the perspective of a feisty expedition doctor. This page-turner is a must-read for real and armchair adventurers everywhere.”

- Stephen Venables

Alone at the Summit
First British man to summit Everest without oxygen

“The small band that formed the Everest ’88 team will be remembered as free spirits who went to the unknown and embraced the true spirit of adventure, a far cry from today’s narrative on Everest, and an essential addition to mountain literature.  In Tap Dancing on Everest, expedition doctor Mimi Zieman brings to life the toll experienced by non-climbers on an expedition, what it was truly like not knowing if her teammates would return, and ultimately, what it took to heal their wounds. While recalling her tap-dancing days, this book is also a metaphor of a different kind of tap dance, that of survival on the roof of the world.”

- Norbu Tenzing Norgay

Vice President of the American Himalayan Foundation,and son of Tenzing Norgay

“Mimi Zieman's compelling and very personal memoir recounts with warmth and insight how her father survived the holocaust, her challenging childhood, her courage and determination in the face of continued obstacles, and the passion and persistence that bring her to the roof of the world.”

- Arlene Blum

Annapurna: A Woman's Place 

“By turns gripping and charming, tragic and joyful, Zieman’s rocky, ultimately revelatory journey shows how the true triumph of the summit is the discovery of her calling.”

- Allison K Williams

Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro from Blank Page to Book

about mimi.


Mimi Zieman has treated frozen limbs on the highest mountain, delivered triplets near the deepest ocean trench, tap danced through Broadway studios, and has been a suburban mom of three – all experiences that have prepared her for new challenges. Her latest is writing a memoir about her unlikely journey from New York City girl to the doctor on an Everest expedition in the remote wilds of Tibet.

Her early career as an academic at Emory University School of Medicine included the roles of Associate Professor, Director of Medical Students, Founder and Director of a Fellowship in Family Planning, educator, and researcher. With a national reputation, she was a founding member of the scientific Society of Family Planning, and a member of CDC committees that wrote guidelines on U.S. contraceptive care. 

She left the structured world of academia to work as an independent consultant and entrepreneur, founding her company, SageMed LLC. Mimi has co-authored sixteen editions of Managing Contraception, with over one million books in circulation, and has provided guidance to programs on a global scale. She is a passionate advocate for women’s rights and has testified before the Georgia Legislature several times against bills that have no basis in science.

A popular medical speaker, she has lectured nationally and internationally, and has been interviewed by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, Brides, Redbook, Glamour, Fitness, Esquire, Good Day Atlanta, CNN, WSB-TV, Fox news, Georgia week in review, UPN-Atlanta, and Radio stations WSB –750 and WRAS. 

Far from her New York City roots, home base is Atlanta, with no high mountain or deep ocean in sight, where she doesn’t eat grits, biscuits, or collards, and must navigate ten lane highways. But she’s grown to love Southern hospitality, her community of friends, and the canopy of trees which keeps her grounded.

The Post-Roe Monologues

Diverse people affected by the new world order post-Roe, tell their stories in poignant monologues highlighted by humor.

The Post-Roe Monologues by Mimi Zieman presents a diverse cast of characters—inspired by true stories, interviews, and research—who deliver poignant monologues, and who interact in surprising ways. Those interactions underlie the theme of “we are all connected,” because although people may think that the Dobbs Supreme Court ruling doesn’t affect them – it does. These stories are intimate. These stories increase understanding, compassion, and motivate action.


The November show at Merkin Hall in NYC featured 15 Broadway performers.

Essays Anchor

personal essays

Mount Everest was the riskiest place I had practiced medicine until I became an OB/GYN in the South, SalonRead

Climbing Mount Everest Just got a little less dangerous,
Boston Globe, Read

On the Anniversary of Dobbs, Women in the South Should Start Taking Pregnancy tests monthly,

The Bus,
The Sun Magazine Read >

Matzo at 18,000 feet — what it’s like to lead a Seder on Mount Everest,
The ForwardRead >

Beaming Bridge,
Five Minute LitRead >

What the Christian Right Gets Wrong About Birth Control,
Ms. MagazineRead >

The Versailles,
Dorothy Parker's AshesRead >

Anti-abortion bills don't only harm women seeking the service,
NBC News THINKRead >

Appreciating Humanity in the Vaccine Clinic,
Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionRead >

RBG’s Legacy Is a Call to Pursue Justice,
Atlanta Jewish Times,  Read >

medical books

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Managing Contraception


A Personal Guide to
Managing Contraception


A quick and easy way to learn the advantages and disadvantages of all birth control methods

authored chapters 


Operative Gynecology


Contraception for Adolescent and Young Adult Women

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