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Running with Sherman

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  533 ratings  ·  116 reviews
"From the first page to the last, Running with Sherman is a delight, full of heart and hijinks and humor. I quickly fell in love with Sherman and the colorful cast of two- and four-legged characters that surrounded him. Christopher McDougall is a gifted storyteller who gets to the heart of the human-animal connection." --John Grogan, author of Marley & Me: Life ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group
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Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, running
Running with Sherman is a great book for people who love running and people who love animals. It's a beautiful story about an animal who's been neglected becoming the best version of itself. I've read the other two books by Christopher McDougall and I really a joy his writing style, you can really notice he has a passion for what he's writing about. There's a whole world out there for people racing with donkeys, I never knew!!

Thank you publisher and NetGalley for an ARC!
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
I was afraid this book would be awash in sentimentality, but thankfully, it was instead a fun read about an amazing transformation of an abused and traumatized donkey. I had found donkeys fascinating in the past, but never really knew much about them. They are amazing creatures, and now I need to visit the Donkey Sanctuary near home. And who would have thought that burro racing was a thing? And that training for it would save this little donkey's life? A heartwarming without being treacly story.
Ron S
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A warm, feel good memoir about a rescue donkey and running, from the author of Born to Run. A light hearted easy read for animal lovers and runners both, peopled with interesting characters from a variety of walks of life.
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Serpent's Tail/Profile Books for this arc.

Having been told repeatedly that sitting on my butt reading a book is NOT a sport, I have to admit to having absolutely no interest in the subject of sports/athletics whatsoever. But this is about a DONKEY! And it's a wonderful story.

Sherman (the donkey) came from a hoarder's collection and was an absolute mess when adopted by Christopher McDougall. Initially, there were questions about whether Sherman would make it or not. But
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This could have been a great story if it had not been written in such an obsessive manner. Chris McDougall obviously cares about animals; he has some keen observations about our relationship with animals, and about life in general; plus, he tells some interesting, as well as funny, stories. Yet so often the writing seems obsessive. So often it's like he can't stop talking about something or someone once he starts.

Add to that, so often he's telling all about the personal problems of his friends
Angela McVay
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Some years ago, I read and enjoyed “Born to Run” by this author. I was thrilled to receive an advanced reader copy from Netgalley on Chris McDougall’s latest work set to be released October 15, 2019.

Chris and his wife Mika take in a rescue donkey named Sherman who his close to death. He was kept isolated in a stall by a hoarder. Chris quickly learns that in order to help save his life that he needs to give him a “job”. Chris decides to enter Sherman and himself in a burro race in Colorado. They
Linda Bond
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even if you’re not a fan of running (I’m certainly not!), you’ll fall in love with Sherman the donkey. This book isn’t about running so much as it is about love between the rescued Sherman and the family who took him in. First, healing him of his ill treatment, then strengthening him so he can learn to run, they eventually train him to run in a burro race in Colorado. Chris and his wife Mika don’t do it all alone. They engage lots of people to help – Amish neighbors, goats, Cesar Millan, and ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This might be my favorite book Mr. McDougall has written yet! You can really feel the personality of Sherman and his friends Flower and Matilda and I finished it really wanting to go watch a burro race. However, I will caution readers that the book starts off rather heavy. Mr. McDougall describes the horrible condition he finds Shermie in, at the home of a hoarder. I was revolted, as I am whenever I hear of animal cruelty or neglect. But I will say that this is necessary so that the reader knows ...more
Beth Conerty
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
An endearing story much in the same vein as Christopher McDougall's other books. The characters and the uniqueness of the story keep you enthralled. The only criticism is that the string of "this is it" moments where every scene is a breakthrough got somewhat exhausting.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for sending me a free ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

Unfortunately, Running with Sherman wasn’t the book for me, but the author is clearly talented with storytelling and I liked his humorous outlook on life. I did enjoy many of the interesting tidbits throughout, especially the short section on animal therapy with inmates (which decreased the percentage of repeat offenses in the example included) and the author’s experiences
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this story! I feel I learned more than I ever knew I needed to about running, donkeys, the physical and emotional benefits of animals, mental health, and the Amish culture. Yes, is was all covered in this charming book. ...more
Wendy Wagner
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you love unlikely animal friendships, heartwarming moments between humans and animals, and a light discussion of psychology, this is the book for you! It's funny, it's touching, and it's just plain fun. If I could buy a copy for everyone I know, I definitely would!
Gayle Slagle
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you love animals, you will love Running with Sherman by Chris McDougall. If you simply like animals, you will love Running with Sherman, a delightful memoir of McDougall and his newly acquired donkey, Sherman. When Sherman arrives at the McDougall menagerie, he can barely walk because his hoofs have become so damaged by the neglect of his precious owner, an animal horder. Christopher and his family bring Sherman back to health, but realize that he has been traumatized by years of neglect and ...more
David Orenstein
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christopher McDougall knows how to write in a way that pulls you in and keeps you in. This is a lovely upbeat story of a family who takes in a beaten down donkey who's within inches of dying in a hoarder's barn, pulls him back to life (with a lot of help from a wonderful cast of characters), and gives him a job, something to live for: competing in the World Championship Burro race in Leadville Colorado. Getting there would mean lots of training (run training, burro training, altitude ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: colorado, memoir
It isn’t everyday that you stumble upon a memoir that has uncanny parallels to your own life. Fun fact: the author lives just a few miles from where my husband was born, and where my in-laws spent many years of their lives. Add to that a neighbor named Elam (an extremely rare name, but one I say daily), and I’m hooked. In addition to visiting many familiar places around Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, this memoir is a beautiful tribute the the many many wonderful gifts that animals give us. ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was skeptical of this book but having really liked McDougal’s ‘ Born to Run’ I took a chance on this book. I was not disappointed. Humor, drama, and interesting facts about a subject of which I had no interest (Donkeys) made for a fun read. That kept me interested all the way.
Jessica Bellas
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! I laughed, I cried and I could not put it down until I finished it! Bravo!!!!!
Julie Garner
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book.
Great for fans of Chris McDougall. In this one, his family rescue a badly traumatized donkey and running becomes a way to give the donkey purpose. This book is about so much more than running. It is a strong conversation about pets and exercise and purpose to aid in mental health and healing. You will laugh, especially about the face melter and the 700 pound donkey cannonball. You will cry at Sherman and the life he lived and now lives. Most of all, you will learn
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable, typically haphazard storytelling that gets there in the end.
Shannon Fields
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book! It's about running, endurance, rescuing donkeys and plenty of interesting people. What's not to like?
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful and fun!
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Christopher McDougall was discussing life with his NY TIMES editor. It was during this conversation that McDougall mentioned rescuing a very sick and frail donkey from a local farmer and hoarder. Like a good editor, she encouraged Chris to write a weekly column on the donkey (Sherman) and his progress. It was with this suggestion that McDougall penned RUNNING WITH SHERMAN.

SHERMAN becomes a community project. Everyone is taken by this pathetic beast. Not surprisingly but during the process
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to colleagues at Knopf for the advanced copy. More than a book about running or a rescued donkey; a tale of the best in human nature, meeting challenges, and healing - a great story of the good in humanity in the inhumane times in which we live
Tom Bennett
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed, I cried. I loved it.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Please see my review on under C. Wong. Thank you.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a prerelease copy of Running with Sherman from NetGalley.

Christopher McDougall receives a mangy, depressed donkey and has dreams of entering the world burro racing championship in Colorado. Now if this sounds like the craziest premise for a book that you've ever heard, keep in mind that it's McDougall, who wrote the best selling Born to Run and sparked the whole barefoot running fad. Will he do the same for burro racing? Stay tuned for that but don't miss out on another great read.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, it combined animals and humor in a heartwarming story. I found it fun learning about all the quarks of a donkey named Sherman and the family of humans and animals around him.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The writing earns a 2. It is full of slang as if the reader is a running buddy or a friend, and I am neither. Also, there are many side stories about people who overcame challenges and now burro race. Although the overall story is chronological it felt disjointed. The burros are the reason I gave this story a 3. They are healers and healing.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
This book will not be for everyone. If you enjoy reading about animals and some of their quirky behaviors you will enjoy the story. For every quirky animal out there, there has to be a quirky owner. Members of the donkey family often get a bad rap for being ornery, obstinate creatures. If people can hang on to the animals, and gain their trust, a whole new world opens up, and a donkey will be a friend for life. Chris McDougall and his wife Mika took in a rescue donkey who was close to death. ...more
Amanda Yates
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a great book. Definitely a different kind of book. It’s a running story with a different twist. You need to read this one if you like a different kind of true story.
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Christopher McDougall is an American author and journalist best known for his 2009 best-selling book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. He has also written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Men's Journal, and New York, and was a contributing editor for Men's Health.

McDougall is a 1985 graduate of Harvard University. He spent
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