Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
(P.S.)

80%

23 Critic Reviews

In befriending Atticus and carrying his father’s memory to those serene mountain peaks, Ryan admits he discovered a rare peacefulness, a quality that underscores this touching chronicle.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.

 

About Tom Ryan

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Tom Ryan was born and raised in Inverness, on Cape Breton Island. He spent his childhood reading, wandering the countryside, making up stories and bossing around his younger brothers. After high school, he studied English at Mount Allison University and then moved to Halifax, where he studied film production. He currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with his partner and dog. In the future, he would like to write more books, travel the world, direct a feature film and eventually move back to beautiful Nova Scotia.
 
Published September 20, 2011 by William Morrow. 301 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Sports & Outdoors, Travel. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Following Atticus
All: 23 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Good
on Jun 28 2011

In befriending Atticus and carrying his father’s memory to those serene mountain peaks, Ryan admits he discovered a rare peacefulness, a quality that underscores this touching chronicle.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 15 2011

Part adventure story, part memoir, but most important, a love story, this entertaining and joyous book proves that dog really is man’s best friend and vice versa.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Marsha Caldwell on Jan 30 2012

This book is one that deserves all the best reviews on how to rise above life’s curves and bumps to take the high road.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano on Nov 28 2011

This is a great book that will have you laughing out loud and crying silently. After finishing this book you are going to be inspired to do something.

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The American Book Center Blog

Good
Reviewed by Ester on Dec 20 2011

It’s not “just” a story about a special little dog (aren’t they all?) and his master, but a story of self-discovery by taking the road less travelled...

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Boston Daily

Good
Reviewed by Matthew Reed Baker on Sep 16 2011

... if you like dogs, if you do like nature writing ...and you like an inspiring tale that doesn’t slobber all over you with cuteness, then it’s all right here.

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Deidre Wengen

Good
Reviewed by Deidre Wengen on Sep 19 2011

This book has everything a reader could want -- danger, adventure, triumphant ups and heart-wrenching downs. It is sure to remind readers of "Marley & Me" and the incredible bond that is capable between man and dog.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Krista Castner on Apr 21 2012

Ultimately it’s a story of quiet triumph and living your authentic life...if a book features a miniature schnauzer, it’s got to be great.

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Lesa's Book Critiques

Below average
on Jan 17 2012

If you’re not into the descriptions of mountains and nature as much as Tom Ryan is, that’s the part of the book that becomes a little tedious.

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Before It's News

Good
on Aug 23 2012

This book is a good one for all dog lovers and trekkers. Those who normally avoid dog books because they fear an unhappy ending when the dog dies need have no fear.

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Reading Lark

Good
on Aug 27 2012

Following Atticus is an inspiring tale of adventure and friendship. My dogs are truly important to me and it was nice to see someone else who viewed his dog as a friend.

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Having Said That

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Feb 18 2014

In the end, people that aren’t dog lovers like I am will likely enjoy A Walk in the Woods better. Following Atticus, though, will definitely hook those who are crazy for their four legged friends, and Atticus will be sure to capture your hearts.

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Steph the Bookworm

Excellent
Reviewed by StephTheBookworm on Aug 30 2012

...if you love animals, you really should read this book. And on that note, I’m going to go hug my dog! Atticus and Tom, I commend you!

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Patti Smith

Good
on Aug 08 2012

Boy, is this one ever a keeper...not just for the story but also the writing. Tom Ryan embeds classical literature and naturalistic poetry of Twain, Frost, Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman and others within his descriptive narrative of his life changing adventures...

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The Book Garden

Good
on Aug 15 2012

There are so many wonderful parts to this book: it is an adventure story, it is Tom Ryan's account of his life and the changes he made to make it better, it is a travel guide to a beautiful part of New Hampshire, and most importantly it is a story of a man and dog coming together and being there for each other when they both needed it the most.

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Book Club Classics

Good
Reviewed by Kristen on Sep 04 2012

Ryan is a newspaperman by trade and a lovely writer — able to bring both Atticus and the mountains into sharp relief for the reader. I felt as if I, too, had climbed all the four thousand foot peaks with Atticus and loved every step.

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A Traveler's Library

Below average
on Dec 08 2011

Is Following Atticus a perfect book? Nah. It takes some perseverance to follow the accounts of all those cold and dark winter hikes on mountain after seemingly indistinguishable mountain...

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Muse Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Megret on Oct 26 2011

Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and An Extraordinary Friendship is a heartfelt and timeless memoir about a man and his dog.

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Tiffany's Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Tiffany Harkleroad on Aug 09 2012

The book focuses a lot of the time on the treks through the White Mountains, and describes the hikes in detail, so it will appeal to nature lovers...

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Technorati Technology

Good
Reviewed by Patricia Faulhaber on Feb 02 2012

The book is very touching, especially for those who have dog they think is special and have had a special life with the dog. I’d recommend it for anyone looking for a story about perseverance and finding the stamina to go outside of one’s comfort zone.

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Ranny Green

Excellent
on Jul 18 2014

“Following Atticus” is a compelling mix of simple and lyrical crafted in a vivid, cultural context. It connects powerfully with readers with its crisp wit, true grit and colorful mosaic of characters.

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Chick Lit Cafe

Good
on Feb 22 2014

This is just a beautiful story about the bond between a man and his dog, and how they both found inner peace in the enchanting New Hampshire Mountains.

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Pet Side

Excellent
Reviewed by Lavanya Sunkara on Jan 10 2012

Following Atticus might seem like a story solely intended for animal or nature lovers, but it is also a touching account of a man who was stuck until a homeless dog changed the course of his life forever.

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