Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan is published by William Morrow. It tells the story of my adventures with Atticus M. Finch, a little dog of some distinction. You can also find our column in the NorthCountry News.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

AMC Outdoors Features 'Following Atticus'

"Reading Following Atticus can feel like taking a long walk, or a
series of walks, with a great storyteller." - Kristen Laine, AMC Outdoors
This morning, the online edition of February's AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) Outdoors ran a column about Following Atticus.  Kristen Laine is a wonderful writer and aptly titled her piece "Following Atticus Home".  She wowed us with her ability to weave words and was the first reviewer to connect the dots between father and son so completely.  The relationship I had with my father, Jack Ryan, was sandwiched between her opening and closing paragraphs that dealt with her relationship with her own father.  It was well done.  

Of course she touched on Atticus M. Finch, my diminutive hiking partner who brought us me to this point in my life and she mentioned the mountains we have grown to love and ultimately call our home. 

We are thrilled that the AMC embraced our story, especially since White Mountain historians Steve Smith and Mike Dickerman believe Following Atticus is the first nationally published books about these great peaks.  Therefore, the mission of the AMC goes hand in hand with our love of this region.

Perhaps our favorite sentence from Kristen's column is "Reading Following Atticus can feel like taking a long walk, or a series of walks, with a great storyteller."  But there's so much more to like about it.  See for yourself by
reading the entire piece here.


1HappyHiker said...

Tom, the story of you and Atticus is so representative of the powerful influences these mountains have in our lives. And, I totally agree with you that Kristen Laine's article was very well done.


Mrs A said...

I am reading your book at the moment, its a beautiful story which of course had tears rolling down my cheeks one moment and bursting into laughter the next, which confused my dog no end! I hope to turn my dream of hiking alps with her into a reality also, so i am living my dream through your story at the moment, thankyou, i hope there will be a follow up book, to keep the dreams alive.

Nadezhda said...

Good day, Tom. I live in Russia, do not know much English. Today I watched a program about you and Atticus on the channel Animal Planet. I am delighted with what you are doing. Thank you for this a lot!

Anonymous said...

I just finished your book and thoroughly enjoyed it. You are a wonderful story teller ... and what wonderful stores you and Atticus have to tell. I was with you in spirit, tears and laughter. Thank you both.