This book has remained casually placed on my coffee table. At first I thought it would be most useful for quotes to include in my writing. But, as I dThis book has remained casually placed on my coffee table. At first I thought it would be most useful for quotes to include in my writing. But, as I dug into it, it became a source of inspiration. Each page turned, revealed a unique perspective like those on athleticism, success, and attitude, that I became to value as I pushed through my own training. ...more
Having Italian anscetors who immigrated during the period of this book, I imagine their life was very similar to Jakes and Rosa's. My great-grandmotheHaving Italian anscetors who immigrated during the period of this book, I imagine their life was very similar to Jakes and Rosa's. My great-grandmother, a first generation strong Italian-American young girl was put to work in a New York sweat-shop to help support her family before she had the opportunity to finish elementary school. I applaud Katherine Peterson for writing a tale depicting these brave Americans who struggled to survive and provide us with the rights that we have today. 1912 wasn't so long ago, just 3 generations, and many Americans today are facing comparable economic hardship, the modern picture just takes a different shape. This book brings to life the human emotion, the friendships and the courage of a tumultuous time. This is a must read for all ages. ...more
There is so much that I can say, and want to say about this book, but very simply: "You should read it."
McDougall engages his reader in a plot that tThere is so much that I can say, and want to say about this book, but very simply: "You should read it."
McDougall engages his reader in a plot that takes you down to the Copper Canyons where a tribe of Indians still, to this day, run barefoot and remain some of the fastest ultra-marathoners in the world. Elegantly intertwining his findings on sneakers, running teams, foot health, doctor's recommendations, you very quickly realize that he has created a "truth"-buster of a book, shaking up the paradigm that the average individual has about their running shoe. The more expensive and the thicker the sole, the better.
This book has a lot to give. So much more than can be covered in a few paragraphs. Reading through the New York and Chicago Times book reviews, and doing a few internet searches brought up the standard review: This is a book about barefoot running, and the author is a well-respected journalist. But, in a search to narrow in on my running style/personality, having read and put on my to-read list, every running book that I can find, this one gives the broadest perspective of the runner.
Through his story, McDougall introduces us to a variety of runners. Some natural athletes, some not-so much, some fast and out for the primal killer competition, some just out to have a good time and finish the race, and some out to have a good time while winning. In a quest to find my place in the running world, this book's characters described a wide variety of runner, personality and style. I came away from this book with a new found respect for those that I share the start and finish line with; and silently, found my small place in that community. McDougall, a fellow self-proclaimed non-runner, has re-introduced his readers to the world of running. Check out his website, cause he doesn't stop with the book. ...more