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“Exceptionally evocative writing and [an] engaging story . . . this is a book that can be read more than once. Inspirational and heart-warming.” (Library Journal )
“Lyrical. . . . rivetingly portrayed . . . [a] touching chronicle.” (Kirkus Reviews )
“Heartwarming, surprisingly suspenseful. . . . Part adventure story, part memoir, but most important, a love story . . . [an] entertaining and joyous book.” (Publishers Weekly )
“How can you go wrong with a cute little dog who braved the White Mountains’ highest peaks time and again…over the ice, snow and sometimes deadly uncertainty of wild winter altitude in New Hampshire? Far more than just a typical man–and–his–dog account…Ryan and Atticus have delivered on all counts.” (Manchester Union Leader )
“Need your faith in humanity restored? Read this book. It’s lovely to learn about our higher selves from an unlikely source like Atticus M. Finch.” (The Day (Connecticut) )
“Not your standard mountain adventure book. . . . Reading Following Atticus can feel like taking a long walk, or a series of walks, with a great storyteller. Why ‘follow Atticus?’ Because, [Ryan says], ‘Dogs, like mountains, bring you back to yourself.’” (AMC Outdoors )
#2 New England Bestseller List (NEIBA )
“Ryan . . . is an engaging storyteller whose humorous, self-deprecating descriptions evoke Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering American on the Appalachian Trail and John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley: In Search of America.” (Appalachia )
#5 Boston Globe bestseller (Boston Globe ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic newspaper editor Tom Ryan and a little dog, Atticus M. Finch, are an unlikely pair of mountaineers, but after a close friend dies of cancer, the two pay tribute to her by attempting to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter. Tom and Atticus set out on an adventure of a lifetime that takes them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. Little did they know that their most difficult test would lie ahead, after they returned home. . . .
Following Atticus is ultimately a story of transformation: how a five-pound puppy pierced the heart of a tough-as-nails newspaperman, opening his eyes to the world’s beauty and its possibilities. An unforgettable saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family, it’s an inspiring tale of finding love and discovering your true self.See all Editorial Reviews
I just loved this book, from Tom to Atticus. He is a cool little dog, and Tom who is so devoted to this llittle guy. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Shemm
Another book like Wild that is really a memoir about dysfunctional family dynamics presenting itself as a book about hiking. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Keith C.
A story about an amazing little dog and his "faithful" owner! Fun reading!Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Oh my what a lovely book. I cried..very touching and written with such feeling..follow him on Facebook.Published 5 days ago by patricia j farghaly
Highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in life beyond the corporate world.Published 8 days ago by J. Yee
A great read. Nothing better than a story about a man and his dog and how they conquer the odds.Published 9 days ago by Adam Nutting aka HikingTheTrail