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Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
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Oct 25, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: memoir-bio, pets, cd, love
Read from November 04 to 09, 2011

Really, really, really, really liked this, especially listening to the author read his own story on CD. His voice is filled with emotion and local color, and I have no idea how he read it without choking up. But it's not your typical cutesy dog story where all the sadness gets lumped at the end when you-know-what happens. No, this is a touching tale that will grip you with emotion at many different points throughout. It is a story about a man discovering himself, his personal growth, and how he discovers the meaning of love and friendship through his beloved dog, Atticus. It is also about family, and community, and nature and its bounty. Loved this quote at the very end (don't think it's a spoiler):

"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you."
~Pooh's Little Instruction Book

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