Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reader Rabbit Recommends: Following Atticus

maggie the reader rabbit

Join our Adult Summer Reading program, and Paws to Read along with Maggie. Maggie is not only a wonderful pet, she loves to sink her teeth into a good book.  

This week Maggie (our Reader Rabbit) recommends:

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

By Tom Ryan
Non-Fiction, 2nd floor, 796.522 Ryan

This is an uplifting book to add to your summer reading! Tom writes the true story of himself, his little dog and their shared passion for mountain climbing.  Tom was the owner/writer of a small town newspaper in Massachusetts when he adopted a miniature schnauzer puppy and gave him the name Atticus M. Finch.  After one hike in the mountains, Tom and Atticus discovered their passion to climb mountains together.  This unlikely pair of hikers, a self-described middle-aged, overweight man and his little dog, climbed all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four-thousand-foot peaks in their first summer, often climbing two or three peaks a day.  Then they attempted to climb all forty-eight mountains in the winter, not once but twice, to raise money for charity.  But this book isn’t as much a mountain climbing adventure book as it is a charming sketch of the funny, obstinate puppy, who becomes Tom’s best friend.  Showing incredible stamina for such a small dog, Atticus is always twenty feet ahead on the trail, leading the way up mountain peaks.  When they reach each peak, Atticus becomes “Little Buddha”, sitting and gazing at the view for almost an hour.  Tom describes their hikes as solitary walking meditations.  The book is infused with quotes from Emerson, Thoreau and others.  This book will make you laugh and cry.  It will uplift you and remind you that it is time spent in the natural world that heals the soul.   

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