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Paperback 6” x 9″
216 pages with some color images



by Laurie Apgar Chandler

Dreams should be voiced, nurtured, followed. At 53, Laurie Chandler journeyed 740 miles in a small canoe, becoming the first woman to solo thru-paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Upwards is her uplifting story of finding the inner strength and faith to achieve a dream, set amid the rich tapestry of the history, wildlife, landscapes, and people of New England.

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A personal and mesmerizing account of a transformative paddling journey, beautifully written. Stories like this make us proud to have created the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, where both the travelers and kind ‘angels’ along the banks create long-lasting bonds of friendship.
—Kay Henry and Rob Center, Northern Forest Canoe Trail founders

Think about it. 740 miles of canoe travel, 150 miles upstream, 67 portages totaling 125 miles. Chandler accomplished this alone in 53 days. After I read Upwards I couldn’t wait to see her again…she certainly earned my admiration and respect.
—Gil Gilpatrick, Master Maine Guide and author of Allagash: A Journey Through Time on Maine’s Legendary Wilderness Waterway

I was hooked in the first chapter. Chandler’s writing is compelling, and I felt a kindred spirit with her as she expressed deep inspiration and connection with the experience of being on the water.
—Karrie Thomas, Executive Director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

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Laurie Chandler’s love for wilderness paddling blossomed after forty, when she moved to Maine with her two children. Inspired to write by the beauty of the woods and waters, she began journaling, drawing inspiration from her work in forestry and education, as well as her faith. Laurie lives with her parents in their Bremen, Maine log cabin. Upwards is her first book.

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