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Brief Review: Following Atticus, by Tom Ryan

Posted by douggoodman on February 9, 2017 at 12:05 AM

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loaned this book from the library, but it was so good I may have to go out and buy a copy so that I can highlight my favorite lines, like "Magic is where you find it; the only thing that matters is that you take the time to look for it."

The exceptional writer has an ability of putting you in their footsteps. In Following Atticus, every mountain summit was a hard-fought win, and although I've never been to New England, I felt like I'd struggled through the wintry wasteland of the Bonds and pushed through to summit at Mt. Washington, and that I had a little, furry friend named Atticus leading me the entire way. This is a book for dog lovers, hikers, and the people who look for the roads less taken.

The book is lyrical in a way that Tom Ryan's influences (Emerson and Thoreau, especially) bleed through onto the page. While the book can sometimes feel a little overblown, over all this is one of the strongest memoirs I've read.

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