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Running with Sherman

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,144 ratings  ·  227 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: x2019-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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Terri M.
Probably the best nonfiction book I've read/listened to all year. It was funny, endearing and heartfelt. It made me miss the donkeys I grew up with — Violet, Buster and Ted.

I received this book from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.
Linda Quinn
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This heartwarming book reminds us humans that to truly flourish we need to value our connection with nature and animals. In rescuing Sherman, the McDougall family made themselves and all the others involved in Sherman’s training much healthier in mind and body.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, colorado
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
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hesitant to read this initially because of the animal abuse/neglect involved.... But, as I quickly learned, that was a mere piece of a much bigger picture of the revitalization that occurred.
It took a village to save Sherman, since he was in such bad shape, but it was a very dedicated village and "Sherman would never be alone again"
Great narration and thank God for people like Christopher McDougall!
High Plains Library District
This was such an inspiring book to read. I was fascinated with all of the people in this book who had such determination to save both animals and people. The author shares with us so many great stories of people and animals that have come into his life and how they had a positive impact. I can't wait to read his other books.

The funny thing is, I was looking for any book that had a donkey in it to use for a Yoga Storytime program that I offer at a public library, and there aren't very many, but
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!
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I know it’s only January 2nd, but I’m pretty sure that Running with Sherman will be my very favorite book of the year. Decade? It is so good. If you’re a runner, you need to read this book. If you’re an animal lover, you need to read this book. If you are neither a runner, nor an animal lover, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. Just as he did in Born to Run (one of my favorite books of all time), Christopher McDougall writes about SO MUCH MORE than just running. This is a book about the Amish, ...more
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
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable, typically haphazard storytelling that gets there in the end.
Kylie Stoneburner
5 glowing stars for Running with Sherman!

I love, love, LOVED this story! Christopher McDougall had me riveted the entire time. His writing truly immersed me into the story, and was honestly the best non-fiction writing I've read in a long time, if ever.

McDougall was smart and opened the very first chapter by exposing us right away to the critical state of the pitiful donkey he and his family had just rescued from a hoarder farm. He hooked me immediately, and I became invested in finding out
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I enjoyed this book very much. I read McDougall's Born to Run years ago. It inspired me to start running barefoot on a treadmill. I wanted to run outside, but then I started having joint pain, so I stopped running and started cycling. Then we moved and I quit exercising for years. Only for the past year have I been regularly exercising again. This book is inspiring me to want to run. The author is very convincing about the huge benefits of exercise. Also, he makes it clear how wonderful and good ...more
Barry Davidoff
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not since PT Barnum exhibited a whale in a small tank at his Natural History Museum in Manhattan has there been an animal exploited as much as McDougall's donkey. It is not a tale of animal rescue but rather how to monetize a poorly treated donkey.
McDougall had known about donkey racing in Colorado and found a meal ticket with Sherman. He already knew he would write about training the donkey and sought his next bestseller. He would have been better off just donating to charity and letting his
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
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
About so much more than a donkey...a beautiful tale of community, love, perseverance and the bond between humans and animals.

"Slow down. Savor your world."

" The Amish aren't closed to the world, he's saying; they're just a little more goal oriented about how much of it to let in. "

" you become what you behold. "- huxley

"You don't start with today and aim toward your goal. You start with the goal, and aim back toward today. "

"One of the great things about running.. is there way your mind travels
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hands down, 100 % no doubt...this is my TOP book of 2019. It took until the end of the year, but it came riding in on a donkey named Sherman. The sweetness, the wonder, the silliness, the inspiration, the absolute delight. I can not recommend this book enough. Sherman and his band of misfit friends will bring you so much joy. Go as quickly as you can to the nearest library or book store and get Sherman in your life. What a fantastic way to end my reading this year.
Nancy Hauserman
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delight...perfect reading for gray blustery days...or really any time. There is so much to love about this book. It is well written and interesting. I learned alot about donkeys and burro racing (no, I'm not signing up anytime soon!) and was constantly reminded about the power of love and commitment and the generosity of spirit that makes so much of life worth living. It did require a few hankies but the tears were more than matched by smiles. A great read.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is outside of my usual reads-but it was really time to shake things up. It took me a bit to become adjusted to the back and forth style of the book but I finally just let myself enjoy the entire story. The story comes together so well that I feel like I know all these crazy people and the amazing donkeys that steal your heart.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
McDougall is such a compelling writer it's incredible. I teared up multiple times during reading about the friendships and relationships between Chris and his family and the donkeys and all their friends. All the information about human and animal connections were endlessly fascinating and well weaved in. The details about Amish life were also, though very much side notes, really well added in, and I got a huge sense of the community Chris and Mika live in and why they'd choose to be there. I ...more
Audiobook Accomplice (Gillian)
What a great story! And what’s this? Did the song at the end leave a tear or two in my eye?
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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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