Our December book is Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan.
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.
Please note that both the location and the date are different than normal. For the December meeting, I wanted to hold our book discussion one week earlier than normal so everyone could enjoy their Holiday celebrations without having to stress over reading a book so we will be meeting on the second Thursday of December (12/12) instead of the third Thursday of the month. I also wanted to avoid the rush of Holiday shoppers at the Columbia Mall so we will be meeting at Stella Notte which is an Italian restaurant in Ellicott City. I have a table reserved for 15 - 20 people in Stella Notte's atrium but I will refine that reservation when we get closer to meeting. More information about Stella Notte and their menu can be found at this WEB site: http://www.stella-notte.com
“In the mountains Atticus became more of what he’d always been, and I became less—less frantic, less stressed, less worried, and less harried. I felt comfortable letting him lead, and he seemed to know what I needed. He always chose the best route, if ever there was a question, and my only job was to follow.”
Middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan and miniature schnauzer 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 while raising money for charity. In a rare test of endurance, 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. . . .
At the heart of this remarkable journey is an extraordinary relationship that blurs the line between man and dog, an indelible bond that began when Tom, following the advice of Atticus’s breeder, carried the pup wherever he went for the first month of their life together. 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. It was a change that led to a new life among the mountains; an unforgettable saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family; and an inspiring tale of finding love and discovering your true self.
Book Availability at the Howard Count Public Library
Following Atticus is available for checkout at the Howard County Public Library. The Howard County Public Library has:
(8) Copies of the book.
(6) Copies of the book on CD.
Howard County Library Central Branch
10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044
Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 9 pm
Fri. - Sat. 10 am - 6 pm