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Stephen Alter (born 1956) is an American author, primarily of non-fiction but also of fiction, who was born and raised in India, where he grew up as the son of missionaries. Accordingly, he was a Third Culture Kid (TCK), and his writings are generally described as Indo-nostalgic. His childhood was spent primarily in the small British Raj-era hill station of Landour in the Lower Western Himalaya -- which has, conveniently, provided a catchy title for one of his more successful (autobiographical) titles: "All the Way to Heaven: An American Boyhood in the Himalayas". Attention-grabbing titles would appear to be an Alter hallmark -- "Sacred Waters: A Pilgrimage Up the Ganges River" is another of his titles.

He graduated from Woodstock School (where his father Rev. Bob Alter long served as Principal) in Landour and subsequently from Wesleyan University.

He has taught writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the American University in Cairo. He is often to be found in Landour, or elsewhere in India, for long stretches, even months at a time. Travelling grants awarded under the Fulbright Program and Guggenheim Fellowship have often provided him with the resources to research his writing projects in India.

Alter, who does not have a mainstream Western audience in the mass-distributed sense, does nonetheless address a distinct niche and enjoys a cult following among fellow former TCKs, former Western expats in India (esp. missionaries) and to a lesser extent Non-Resident Indians. The subject matter of his more recent books may hint at a subtle (or unsubtle) attempt to enlarge his reader base among Indians resident in India, especially as disposable incomes rise rapidly in urban India.

He is married to Ameeta and has a son, Jayant and daughter Shibani.(Stephen Alter is a first cousin of Tom Alter, a naturalized Indian actor in Bollywood.)

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Total Books: 28
Becoming a Mountain Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime
Island of the Phantoms
2008 - Island of the Phantoms (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780747585008
ISBN-10: 0747585008
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

The Phantom Isles
2008 - The Phantom Isles (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781599902197
ISBN-10: 1599902192
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

Ghost Letters
2008 - Ghost Letters (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781582347394
ISBN-10: 1582347395
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking
The Phantom Isles
2007 - The Phantom Isles (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781582347387
ISBN-10: 1582347387
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Aripan and Other Stories
2006 - Aripan and Other Stories (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788129108272
ISBN-10: 8129108275
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Elephas Maximumus A Portrait of the Indian Elephant
2004 - Elephas Maximumus a Portrait of the Indian Elephant (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143031741
ISBN-10: 0143031740

Elephas Maximus  A Portrait of the Indian Elephant
2004 - Elephas Maximus a Portrait of the Indian Elephant (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780151006465
ISBN-10: 0151006466
Genres: History, Science & Math, Engineering & Transportation, Outdoors & Nature
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Sacred Waters A Pilgrimage up the Ganges River to the Source of Hindu Culture
The Penguin Book of Modern Indian Short Stories
2001 - The Penguin Book of Modern Indian Short Stories (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780143027751
ISBN-10: 0143027751
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Amritsar to Lahore A Journey Across the India-Pakistan Border
2000 - Amritsar to Lahore a Journey Across the India-pakistan Border (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780812217438
ISBN-10: 0812217438
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Reference, Travel, Nonfiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Amritsar To Lahore Crossing The Border Between India and Pakistan
2000 - Amritsar to Lahore Crossing the Border Between India and Pakistan (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140296648
ISBN-10: 0140296646

All the Way to Heaven An American Boyhood in the Himalayas
1998 - All the Way to Heaven an American Boyhood in the Himalayas (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780805051582
ISBN-10: 0805051589
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Reference, Travel
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

The Godchild
1988 - The Godchild [Arena Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780099581307
ISBN-10: 0099581302

Neglected Lives
1982 - Neglected Lives (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140058000
ISBN-10: 0140058001
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Silk and Steel (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140057997
ISBN-10: 0140057994
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Renuka (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780143063742
ISBN-10: 014306374X