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
Wonderful book beautifully written by Tom Ryan. The author is also the man who loves Atticus and is his best friend. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Five Roses
I couldn't finish this book. As a hiker, lover of dogs and hiking books I thought that this would be a winner for sure, but I was disappointed. Read morePublished 8 days ago by AprilG
This was a wonderful book about a dog and his owner and their hikes in the White Mountains. I laughed and cried and have been following the Atticus Blog on facebook ever since... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Delbert
We were recommend this book from the dog walker whom we see every week at the dog park since we have 3 schnauzers. So interesting and emotional.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful book. Don't be mislead. This is not just another dog story. It should be the first book you reach for when you want a great read. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kay Bowman