Following Atticus

Following Atticus

Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and An Extraordinary Friendship

Book - 2011
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After a close friend died of cancer, middle-aged, overweight, acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan decided to pay tribute to her in a most unorthodox manner. Ryan and his friend, miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch, would attempt to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire's four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity. It was an adventure of a lifetime, leading them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. At the heart of the amazing journey was the extraordinary relationship they shared, one that blurred the line between man and dog.

Following Atticus is an unforgettable true saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family, as one remarkable animal opens the eyes and heart of a tough-as-nails newspaperman to the world's beauty and its possibilities.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061997105
Branch Call Number: 796.522092 RYA NVD
Characteristics: xi, 276 p., [8] p. of plates : col. ill., map ; 24 cm


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May 17, 2014

Beautiful touching story of a man and his dog who hike in the White Mountains.I highly recommend that everyone reads this book. Uplifting and wonderful book about a loving and respectful relationship. Can't wait for the next one. I also follow Atticus on Facebook and on the blog.

Nov 28, 2012

extraordinary story and an amazing dog with a compassionate loving owner

Nann Dec 07, 2011

Take a burned-out, overweight crusading alternative newspaper publisher and an intelligent and plucky little dog. Give them an ambitious cause: raise money to combat cancer by climbing all of the 4000+ peaks in the White Mountains (in the winter. twice.). Result: an abiding friendship and a justifiably huge fan base. The book is a delight and an inspiration.

debwalker Oct 25, 2011

"Reader, beware! This is not just another dog book! When Tom Ryan welcomed Atticus M. Finch, a miniature schnauzer, into his life, little did he know what courage, pluck, and unwavering love he would get in the bargain. This is a beautifully written book about the very special bond between a man and his dog, an amazing quest, and the mountains that healed them." --Barbara Drake, White Birch Books, North Conway, N.H.

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