Up by Patricia Ellis Herr

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Herr’s prose sufficiently captures the joy of being on the trail, though perhaps not forcefully enough to make converts out of city slickers.
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When Trish Herr became pregnant with her first daughter, Alex, she and her husband, Hugh, vowed to instill a bond with nature in their children. By the time Alex was five, her over-the-top energy levels led Trish to believe that her very young daughter might be capable of hiking adult-sized mountains.

In Up, Trish recounts their always exhilarating--and sometimes harrowing--adventures climbing all forty-eight of New Hampshire's highest mountains.  Readers will delight in the expansive views and fresh air that only peakbaggers are afforded, and will laugh out loud as Trish urges herself to "mother up" when she and Alex meet an ornery--and alarmingly bold--spruce grouse on the trail. This is, at heart, a resonant, emotionally honest account of a mother's determination to foster independence and fearlessness in her daughter, to teach her "that small doesn't necessarily mean weak; that girls can be strong; and that big, bold things are possible."
 

About Patricia Ellis Herr

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PATRICIA ELLIS HERR holds a master's degree in biological anthropology from Harvard University and homeschools her two daughters. She lives in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Broadway Books. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Parenting & Relationships, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
Apr 01 2012

Herr’s prose sufficiently captures the joy of being on the trail, though perhaps not forcefully enough to make converts out of city slickers.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 13 2012

. . .she recounts in this charming, uplifting account, Ellis Herr and her daughter, Alex, climbed all 48 of New Hampshire’s highest. . .peaks. . .to become members of the Four Thousand Footer Club. . .

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Concord Monitor

Excellent
Reviewed by Deb Baker on May 13 2012

Herr's narrative is appealingly honest.

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BookPage

Good
Reviewed by Amy Scribner

Herr's account is really half hiking reference manual and half meditation on how to instill independence and confidence at a young age--an odd and oddly compelling combination.

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