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Out and Back

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
An out and back is a run that starts and ends at the same point. Along the way we are changed. In the end we are back where we started.

Amber runs every morning, bakes home cooked meals, and keeps a spotless house. She homeschools her children, grows an organic garden and milks her own goats. But Amber Stonewall is not perfect. She is a mother who fails, a wife who is unabl
Paperback, 1, 220 pages
Published March 2012 by Diane Strong (first published February 3rd 2012)
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Jul 13, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Out and Back, by Diane Strong, caught my attention with its title and cover image. As a runner, I can relate to stories about runners, and I am definitely familiar with the type of course called an "out and back." For those who haven't heard of the term, it's when you run to a specific point and then turn back around, ending where you started.

In my opinion, the "out and back" course is very difficult. The protagonist, Amber Stonewall, finds herself on a difficult journey, indeed, when she loses
Nov 11, 2014 Amber rated it it was amazing
I got this book for free on feedbooks and it was a pretty good read.

Amber stoneway loves to run and takes care of her family. When her mom passes away from oral cancer, will her life ever be the same again? Read this and find out for yourself.

This was a great and heartfelt story about family.I enjoyed it and definitely reccomend this to others.
Mark Matthews
Jul 24, 2012 Mark Matthews rated it it was amazing
Out and Back is the story of how a mother, runner, and uniquely gifted and wonderfully flawed human being deals with the death of her mother, and how, even after her mothers death, she is constantly working through their relationship.

This novel fell into my lap at a time when I was dealing with the death of a loved one, and was also in the throes of marathon training, so it spoke directly to my life circumstances and so my read was done in a unique mindframe. I am very glad it came into my life
Jul 28, 2012 Carol rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won Out and Back by Diane Strong in a first reads giveaway. As a newbie runner I was drawn to the topic of how others fit running into their very busy lives. This story didn't quite have the focus on running I thought it would but it still turned out to be a very good read. The author stresses in her preface that the story is a work of fiction. That may be, but it reads like a great memoir. The story focuses on Amber, a stay at home mom, and the death of her mother. Life is never one ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: running, kentucky
I picked this book up at the library because it was by a local author. Out and Back reads like a memoir although it is a work of fiction. I expected it to be about running, instead it focuses more on the main character, Amber, and how she copes with her mother's death.

The writing felt a bit choppy in places and would jump from present tense to past tense with no warning. I kept getting frustrated by small details that didn't line up. For example, Haden and Hayden spelled differently. The mention
Jan 16, 2014 Katherine rated it it was ok
Terrible writing (in desperate need of a good editor) about a woman who is very caught up in herself. Somehow, though, it is a story about loss which is hard to put down.
Sep 28, 2013 Rebekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful book on modern grief by a Kentucky writer (and runner!).
Sep 08, 2016 Edgars rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kindles brīvversija, ko atradu pēc tam, kad biju izlasījis iepriekšējo šīs pašas autores grāmatu "The Run". Kā jau var noprast no nosaukuma `Out and Back` jeb `Turp un atpakaļ`, grāmata vismaz daļēji ir arī par skriešanu. Es to arī tādēļ gribēju lasīt, jo man patīk lasīt grāmatas par skriešanu. Taču, ja tā ir vienīgā interese, grāmata tomēr var likt vilties, jo skriešana tajā atspoguļota salīdzinoši ļoti maz. Pamatā galvenā varone vienkārši stāsta par savu dzīvi, galvenokārt par māti, kas, kā ...more
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Diane Strong lives in Kentucky with her husband and their two children. She received a liberal arts degree at Itasca Community College, a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Equine Studies from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana and a Master’s degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Kentucky.
She writes a small column for the Georgetown News Graphic and homeschools her chi
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