Following Atticus - Forty-Eight Peaks, One Little Dog and an Extraordinary Friendship
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- Heartwarming tale
- Dog lovers and non dog lovers will enjoy this book
- True story
- An interesting tale of how a man and a very small dog (with a big heart) grow and learn together
- About The Author - Tom Ryan, Former newspaper publisher, is a writer, blogger (The Adventures of Tom and Atticus) and avid hiker. He lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
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Atticus M. Finch, partly named after the hero lawyer in To Kill A Mockingbird, is a Miniature Schnauzer who changes Tom Ryan's world. Tom's life publishing a muckraking newspaper in Newburyport, Massachusetts is only partly fulfilling. Tom loves his work but is lonely and his life has no real direction. Tom's mother died when he was seven, and he is not close to his father and eight siblings.
Tom had acquired a Miniature Schnauzer, Max. When Max died, Tom was determined to get another dog of the same breed. Tom looked at dozens of photos emailed to him from the dog breeder, and he chose Atticus because he was different. Little did he know just how different Atticus would prove to be.
One day Tom and Atticus went hiking with three of Tom's brothers in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where they had spent some vacation time as children. Atticus proved to be a natural born mountain climber. When Atticus reaches the top of a mountain, he would sit and gaze at the stunning scenery around him.
The experience was so enjoyable that Tom and Atticus return to the White Mountains on a regular basis. At first, Tom and Atticus start to make a habit of climbing the mountains because they enjoy the tranquility and peacefulness. They also love being together and share a very strong bond, Tom always holding Atticus in his arms after they reach the top of a mountain.
When a friend of Tom's dies of cancer, however, Tom decides that they will climb all forty-eight of the four-thousand-foot peaks twice -- in the winter -- to raise money for cancer.Read more ›
Those of us who got to know Tom Ryan knew he was a fine writer, great storyteller and immensely witty. Much like our local son's Joel and Andre, Tom simply knows how to write. In what I trust will be the first of many books, "Following Atticus" is now available. Newburyporter's will certainly delight in his characterizations of our fair city and his observations of some of its inhabitants, both named and un-named.
"Following Atticus" is best described as a memoir that really reads like a novel. As I got further into the book I would often forget that I knew Tom and much of the story and find myself just enjoying the craft, wit and heart of his storytelling. The core of the book is Tom's relationship with his amazing little dog Atticus and their adventures hiking in the White Mountains, but the story begins to unfold as family elements come into play and you soon realize that what you are really reading is a tale of redemption and discovery.Read more ›
The adventures that Ryan and Atticus share together will delight, entertain, and inspire. Ryan writes with such passion and enthusiasm about his love for the mountains, the relationships between fathers and sons, the inner workings of small-town politics, the loyalty of friendships, and one man's unique relationship with a dog known as "the Little Giant". Rising above the plethora of dog books on the market, the story told is ultimately about one man's transformation as he seeks to understand his place in the world and the little dog who guides him on that journey. After getting to know Atticus, the reader will want to follow him as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the very few books I could not put down finished the whole thing in 10 hours.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
A lovely book about Tom Ryan, an overweight, inactive, stressed out, middle-aged man, who finds and gives unconditional love through his dogs Max, Atticus, and Will ... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Carol Kranawetter
Book is good. You need to like hiking to get into it.
You must like Miniature Schnauzers. I have owned 4. They are great dogs.
Lots of energy. Enjoy Book.
This is not one to miss. If you love nature and hiking, AND a dog-centric story line, this is definitely for you! A satisfying ending to a thoroughly enjoyable story!Published 5 days ago by Glenda Winters
Sorry to hear that Atticus went to Rainbow Bridge this week, run free boyPublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Lovely story of the close bond between two friends - one animal, one human - and their adventures and spiritual discovery in the mountains of New Hampshire.Published 13 days ago by Ruthiecakes
Loved this tale of friendship, companionship and comaraderie between a man and his dog. Was a great read, bound to please those of all ages.Published 14 days ago by K. Eberhardt