I was visiting the Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith this week and one of the (very knowledgeable) booksellers there suggested this title when I asked for a good "local" book. She recommended it saying that it talked about all the stuff that goes on when climbing 4,000 footers with small children, not just the positives. Patricia Ellis Herr lives in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and recently talked about her book on WNYC Radio's Takeaway.
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." --Publisher's blurb.