In the Shadow of the Mountain: A Memoir of Courage
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About the Author
Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is a warrior. Her incredibly warm voice reveals how she rose from the darkest moments of her life to become an inspiration and advocate for others. This book is a testament to the power of extraordinary vulnerability, empathy, and selflessness and a reaffirmation of the healing that comes from building a community. I'm in awe of her strength and courage that she has captured so beautifully in this memoir.
"Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is a woman possessed of uncommon strength, rare compassion, and a ferocious stubbornness to not allow the trauma of her childhood to destroy her life. In climbing the Seven Summits, she did nothing less than take back her own life--one brave step at a time. She will inspire untold numbers of souls with this story, for her victory is a win on behalf of all of us."
-- Qian Julie Wang, author of New York Times bestseller Beautiful Country, for The New York Times The climax of the book -- and Vasquez-Lavado's voyage up the mountain -- brings a moment of resolve to all three battles at once in a tear-jerking, Hollywood ending.
-- People The book's chapters alternate between her enthralling life's journey and a nail-biting Mount Everest ascent.
-- The Washington Post's 10 noteworthy books for February It's that drive to escape, to defy, that eventually pushes her up the macho corporate ladder at Silicon Valley start-ups, into alcoholism, and then across continents as a thrill-seeker breaking boundaries with her bare hands.
-- Sierra This inspirational memoir about navigating trauma, healing relationships, finding community, and achieving self-acceptance delivers a raw and riveting reading experience.
--Booklist (Starred Review) 'In the Shadow of the Mountain' has all the elements a great memoir requires -- a strong voice, cinematic prose, a hero to root for -- in essence, an extraordinary story about an extraordinary woman's life.
-- The San Francisco Chronicle Complex and compelling, Vasquez-Lavado's quest to heal herself from the deep wounds of patriarchy is also a vibrantly feminist celebration of female resilience.
--Kirkus Reviews Unlike mountaineering memoirs that celebrate the ego of the individual climber, Silvia Vasquez-Lavado's story is intimately collaborative.
-- Catherine Hollis for BookPage Vasquez-Lavado details the child's perspective and the roots of her trauma with extraordinary clarity.
-CBC Sports Book Review "This is a truly invigorating and compelling story of a heroic healing journey to base camp at Mt. Everest."
--Ms. Magazine "[Silvia's] personal story of the palliative effects of mountain climbing, which helped her rise above abuse, addiction, and marginalization, is a must-read. . . . She has written an inspiring manifesto for the women's empowerment movement worldwide."
--Hap Klopp, CEO and founder of The North Face In Vasquez-Lavado's debut memoir, the narrative of her life--from horrific sexual abuse to immigration and professional success in San Francisco--beautifully mirrors her arduous but rewarding trip up each mountain. It's a testament to the power of high altitudes to help heal trauma, and a pretty great story to boot.
--BookPage Making history is nothing new for adventurous mountaineer, explorer, entrepreneur, author, and activist Silvia Vasquez-Lavado
--Out Magazine "Silvia Vasquez-Lavado's story gripped my heart. . . . What a beautiful and urgent offering."
--V (formerly Eve Ensler)