Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship

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Following Atticus is Tom Ryan's moving true story, of a man and his remarkable dog.

Tom Ryan is a middle-aged, overweight, no-nonsense newspaper editor. But when Atticus M. Finch, a Miniature Schnauzer, arrives, he is forced to question everything about his life.

Wanting to raise money in memory of a friend who died of cancer, Tom decides that they will both climb 48 of New Hampshire's mountains during a single winter - twice.

What awaits the pair is the adventure of a lifetime.

In an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland, they face raging blizzards, frostbite and storms. It is a rare test of endurance that soon becomes a soul-searching journey.

And then, within a month of returning home, tragedy strikes. Atticus goes blind, and the blood tests suggest something even worse. Now facing an even greater challenge, Tom and Atticus undertake a journey through darkness and into light.

For anyone that loved Marley and Me, Following Atticus by Tom Ryan is a heartwarming story of friendship, selflessness, redemption -- and above all, love.

Tom Ryan worked as an editor until 2007, when he decided to sell his newspaper move to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He started climbing in memory of a friend who died of cancer, and in the last five years has climbed an incredible four hundred and fifty 4,000-foot peaks.

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2011 09 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers A middle-aged overweight and acrophobic withnewspaper 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...

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"Lyrical. . . . rivetingly portrayed . . . [a] touching chronicle."--Kirkus Reviews

"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

#9 New England Bestseller List--NEIBA

"Heartwarming, surprisingly suspenseful. . . . Part adventure story, part memoir, but most important, a love story . . . [an] entertaining and joyous book."--Publishers Weekly

"Exceptionally evocative writing and [an] engaging story . . . this is a book that can be read more than once. Inspirational and heart-warming."--Library Journal

"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)

#7 New England Bestseller List--NEIBA

"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

"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

#2 New England Bestseller List--NEIBA

#5 Boston Globe bestseller--Boston Globe

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"

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"

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"

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"

-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

-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

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