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Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship Hardcover – Aug 30 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (Aug. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061997102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061997105
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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“In the mountains Atticus became more of what he’d always been, and I became less—less frantic, less stressed, less worried, and less harried. I felt comfortable letting him lead, and he seemed to know what I needed. He always chose the best route, if ever there was a question, and my only job was to follow.”

Middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan and miniature schnauzer 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 while raising money for charity. In a rare test of endurance, 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. . . .

At the heart of this remarkable journey is an extraordinary relationship that blurs the line between man and dog, an indelible bond that began when Tom, following the advice of Atticus’s breeder, carried the pup wherever he went for the first month of their life together. 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. It was a change that led to a new life among the mountains; an unforgettable saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family; and an inspiring tale of finding love and discovering your true self.

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I enjoyed reading this book because it combines my love for adventures, dogs, and humanitarian work and it does so at a very personal and emotional level.

I loved reading about the adventures of a team of 2 most unusual partners who conquered 48 four-thousanders (peaks taller than 4,000 feet) of New Hampshire not only in summers, but, most of them, twice in winters. This included Mount Washington where winter conditions are harsher than Antarctic, Arctic, Himalayas, and Karakorums. First of all, I did not know that New Hampshire has so many tall mountains. Second of all, I did not realize that hiking and trekking with dogs is an addictive hobby. Tom describes all his mountain climbing adventures at a personal and emotional level that keeps yu totally engrossed. He described his excursions in such a livid way that I imagined myself becoming an uninvited partner over and over again.

Tom has also covered his inter-personal relationships with all friendly and not so friendly inhabitants of Newburyport in a personal and emotional manner. On top of all this, he continually talked about relationship with his estranged father. I liked the way he described personalities and characters. This made it easier to understand people as Tom continuously introduced throughout the book. Most of these relationships brought tears of joy and of sorrow.

I have read about Bill Bryson's walk through the Appalachian Trail, Ed Viesturs' climb to K2, Tom Avery's dog sledding expedition to Arctic, Alastaire Humphrey's bicycling across four continents, Sarfraz Khan's walk through Kashmir for humanitarian work in Greg Mortenson's account of establishing schools in that region, and I have loved them all.
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Not knowing what to expect when I picked up this book to read on the beach last week, it didn't disappoint. I found myself crying and laughing, it was truly inspirational.
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Those of you who love dogs, or have ever had a special canine hiking or paddling partner will appreciate this story and you will definitely love this incredible little dog, Atticus. And to those few of you who don't love dogs, but do enjoy nature and know that it's more than a bunch of trees and mosquitoes, you too will love this book.

A brief description of this book doesn't do it justice: "A story of a man and his dog as they hike the mountains of New Hampshire. When they start on their journey, author Tom knows that Atticus is special, but he has no idea just how special."

From that description, you would never know that this story weaves reflections on small town politics, love, family, nature, literature, history, friendship, healthcare, hiking, god, religion, our relationship with wildlife and vets. And does so seamlessly. This story is romantic, poetic, philosophical, insightful and funny.
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Being a dog lover, I'm always searching for new dog stories and I loved Following Atticus. The book was different from many of the other dog books I've read in portraying the relationship between author Tom Ryan and his little dog, Atticus. Both seem to hear a different drummer and it's the unique bond between the two that make the book memorable. Of course the unbelievable feats of mountain climbing that the two of them undertake, in winter no less, are awe inspiring, but for me, the heart and soul of any book that I read comes from the characters, not the story, and that's the most compelling aspect of Following Atticus. The nobility of man and dog, especially dog, moved me.
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The reader gets it all in this incredible story--laughter, tears, inspiration, and self discovery. For anyone that has loved or loves a Miniature Schnauzer, you'll appreciate how well Mr. Ryan portrays the breed! Some of his anecdotes had me laughing to the point of tears because I've had the same scenario occur with my Mini Schnauzer(s)--the way he describes these situations is so "bang on"! Mr. Ryan is able to truly show how much personality, love, determination, intelligence and strength is stuffed into these small-bodied companions! Namaste, Little Buddha!
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If you are a dog lover who also loves nature, you will love this book! I normally read British mysteries but occasionally will read an autobiography or historical novel. This caught my eye after a friend sent me an invite on Facebook to 'Like' "Following Atticus". A beautiful human interest story about a gentle, kindly man and his little dog and their travels up and down various mountains.

I would definitely recommend it and besides the copy I purchased on my Kindle, I have purchased it as gifts for 2 friends who are also dog lovers!
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I truly wanted to love this book and parts I did. Especially the dog. But like another reviewer I found the author a bit full of himself and his accomplishments off the mountains. He ran a one person newspaper in a small town and he makes himself out as Woodward/Bernstein taking down corruption and placing his life on the line.

If you can get past that it is worthwhile
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