Discussion guide and link to primary source

Our project humanist Jo Radner has prepared a discussion guide for Flight of the Sparrow. In it, she references Amy Belding Brown’s inspiration for the novel, Mary Rowlandson’s captivity narrative published in 1682. You can read Rowlandson’s narrative online or download to an ereader from the link below.

Further reading

What part or parts of Following Atticus drew you in? Here are some suggestions for further reading. Add your suggested titles by leaving a comment below.

White Mountains:

  • Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country, edited by John R. Harris, Kay Morgan & Mike Dickerman, Bondcliff, 2011.
  • The White Mountain Reader, edited by Mike Dickerman, Bondcliff, 2000
  • Every area library and bookstore has a good selection of hiking guides to the White Mountains–The 4000 Footers of the White Mountains (the guide Tom Ryan mentions in Following Atticus), a number of Appalachian Mountain Club guides, the tried-and-true guides by Daniel Doan–ask your librarian for a suggestion.

Human-dog relationships:

  • Dogs Never Lie About Love: Reflections on the Emotional Life of Dogs, by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Three Rivers, 1997
  • Hidden Life of Dogs, by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas,  Houghton Mifflin, 1993
  • Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs, by Caroline Knapp, Dial, 1998.

And, as Roy Prescott reminded us on WMWV radio this morning, if you haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, it’s the best way to know why Atticus is such a cool name.

For further reading

In Go With Me, many of the characters’ present-day choices are rooted in past experiences and situations. Here are some recommendations for further reading about the history and events that author Castle Freeman, Jr. may have considered when developing his characters and settings.

  • Tall Trees, Tough Men by Robert E. Pike (available at local libraries)
  • Yankee Loggers: A Recollection of Woodsmen, Cooks, and River Drivers by Stewart Hall Holbrook (available at local libraries)
  • Slideshow on abandoned town Livermore, NH at whitemountainhistory.org

For fiction readers, the lumber industry in northern New England, loggers, and lost towns are also featured in John Irving’s Last Night at Twisted River.