Forget Me Not: A Memoir

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Having suddenly lost her husband, Alex Lowe, in a tragic mountaineering accident, Jennifer Lowe struggled to hold her family together and deal with her grief. At the same time Alex's best friend, famed climber Conrad Anker, was dealing with the terrible loss as well as feelings of survivor's guilt. Jenni and Conrad gradually, and unexpectedly, found solace in one another.

Forget Me Not spans continents and tells the story of three people whose lives intertwine to a degree they ...

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Overview

Having suddenly lost her husband, Alex Lowe, in a tragic mountaineering accident, Jennifer Lowe struggled to hold her family together and deal with her grief. At the same time Alex's best friend, famed climber Conrad Anker, was dealing with the terrible loss as well as feelings of survivor's guilt. Jenni and Conrad gradually, and unexpectedly, found solace in one another.

Forget Me Not spans continents and tells the story of three people whose lives intertwine to a degree they could never have imagined. Jennifer Lowe-Anker is an artist whose often whimsical paintings are rendered in vivid color and rich texture inspired by her Montana upbringing.

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Editorial Reviews

Alison Osius
Forget Me Not, a painful, beautiful and truthful memoir...Jennifer Lowe-Anker is a fluid and expressive observer of substantive, named details in nature, the minute study of which she and Alex shared, and of their lives. The book is most revelatory.
Rock & Ice Magazine
Bozeman (MT) Daily Chronicle
Lowe-Anker said that a woman who had read an advanced copy of the book told her at a recent outdoor-retailer trade show that it was the most meaningful book she'd ever read. Having lost a climbing partner herself, the woman said, the book gave her hope.
Gripped Magazine
Given Alex Lowe's high profile as one of the world's best climbers, it stands to reason that several notable authors [are] qualified to recount his life and accomplishments in the first book following his tragic death below a massive avalanche on Shishapangma. But no one is more qualified than his widow, Jennifer Lowe-Anker . . . Jennifer delivers a candid glimpse into the life of a driving and complicated force otherwise known as Stewart Alexander Lowe.
Outside Magazine
An honest memoir
Rock & Ice Magazine
FORGET ME NOT, a painful, beautiful and truthful memoir...Jennifer Lowe-Anker is a fluid and expressive observer of substantive, named details in nature, the minute study of which she and Alex shared, and of their lives. The book is most revelatory.
—Alison Osius
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A heartfelt memoir.
The Bozeman Tributary
After reading Jennifer Lowe-Anker's memoir Forget Me Not, I now realize that - while others could describe individual puzzle pieces - she is the only one who truly knew how all those pieces fit together . . . what Jenni offers is a remarkably honest and unvarnished view of her life experiences with Alex. It is a tale of soaring achievements mixed with heartbreak and tragedy, played out on the wildest mountain ranges on the planet and in their Bozeman home . . . A beautifully written memoir.
The Hartford Courant
In 1999, her husband Alex Lowe, a renowned mountaineer, died during an avalanche on Shishapangma in the Himalayas, leaving her with three children. She used his letter and expedition notes to create this moving account of his life and how she dealt with her loss.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594850820
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,444,656
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Lowe-Anker is a successful artist whose often whimsical paintings are rendered in vivid color and rich texture inspired by her Montana upbringing. Her work hangs in the private collections of Peter Fonda, Michael Keaton, and Jeff Bridges, as well as in the corporate collections of Patagonia. Lowe-Anker is founder of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation and its Khumbu Climbing School, which trains Nepalese in climbing and guiding skills, enabling them to successfully work and climb in their home region.
  • A personal account of one of the greatest losses in the climbing world
  • An elegant and gripping story of tragedy, as well as unexpected joy
  • An entrée into the emotional world of climbers and their families
  • Benefits the Nepal-based Khumbu Climbing School
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Table of Contents


Foreword   Jon Krakauer     ix
Author's Note     xv
Introduction     1
Love and Risk     5
Yosemite     19
Rocky Road     25
Working-Class Blues     45
Troubled Dreams     65
Responsible Family Man     87
Everest Years     107
A Hero     131
Polar Dance     151
Trango Tower Triumph     171
Shishapangma Drops Her Veil     187
The Passion of Grief     209
Leap of Faith     229
The Endless Knot     249
Coda     273
Acknowledgments     275
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  • Posted August 4, 2010

    A gorgeous read.

    Laid bare on each page, Jennifer Lowe-Anker lets us into her world, into the world of Alex Lowe, the world of her children and family, and the world of Conrad Anker. I am equally impressed by her willingness to share the story as I am by her poignant writing. I found it to be a book that was all consuming, and as a story has everything that one could want from a book, adventure, love, joy, loss, and the struggle to find happiness. But its not a story, its her life, and theirs, and I felt honored that she was willing to share it. Her words are carried off the page, translated into visions and emotions which are easily seen and felt. It is amazing. Thank-you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    This is an absolutely amazing book. I highly suggest it for anyone! It was written by the wife of a climber who died and left her to take care of three kids, and then she falls in love and gets married to his best friend. It's a story of Jennifer and Alex's lives together and how she moves on after his death.

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  • Posted December 16, 2009

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    An unforgettable true life story.

    Jennifer and Alex are Montana people. They love the outdoors and fell in love quickly. Happily married with three sons, all is perfect even though Alex is frequently away from home climbing mountains. The book was written after he was killed in an avalanche. Fortunately, she had kept the many wonderful letters he had sent to her over the years. I have given the book as a gift.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2014

    This memoir by Jennifer Lowe-Anker is a tribute to her late husb

    This memoir by Jennifer Lowe-Anker is a tribute to her late husband, Alex Lowe, considered by many to be one of the best climbers in the world at the time of his death. This is a love story and Jennifer shares their blossoming relationship, marriage, and family life with three sons in great detail. I couldn't help thinking what a wonderful gift this book is to her children. A climber herself, she understands her husband's deep need to push himself in the outdoors, but while motherhood calmed those urgings in herself, Alex was forever caught between his passion for the mountains and his deep love and loyalty to his family. While those on the outside may never understand this lifestyle, Jennifer shows what it means to love someone as they are, although she certainly wasn't always happy that he frequently spent months away from home. When Alex is lost in an avalanche on Shishapangma in 1999, she holds nothing back in sharing her grief, but also the healing. Her involvement with Conrad Anker, Alex's best friend and also a world-renowned climber, is also addressed. She and Conrad would marry and he would help raise Alex's sons. Perhaps only together could the two of them heal their grief over losing a man they both loved so much. I'm indebted to Ms. Lowe-Anker for sharing the stories of her life with Alex. His was a unique spirit, gone too soon.

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