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Running with Sherman

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  4,774 ratings  ·  796 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 Marl ...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group (first published October 10th 2019)
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Diane S ☔
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nfr-2020
Hard for this little rescued donkey not to worm his way into your heart. Animal loverscrejoice, there are some big animal characters within and some pretty big human characters as well. Takes place in Amish country, Pennsylvania, the author tells the story of Sherman and his preparation for a big. Donkey race, but also takes the opportunity to include much more.

The Amish community, their lifestyle, of which I'm actually quite familiar as my son and his family live in Amish country, Indiana. Wond
Christopher McDougall is a wonder. This guy gets into the most peculiar situations and then writes about them. Spoiler alert, Sherman is a donkey and yes McDougall has found a footrace that involves human and donkey…and it's a doozy.

I loved this fun, quirky book from the very beginning. McDougall goes into great detail about this poor donkey who was abused by way of neglect with an owner who very clearly was not mentally stable. (view spoiler)
I feel like Ebenezer Scrooge in not liking this, but don't you want the truth from me?

I am having a terrible time finding a really good book about donkeys. Donkeys are great. Each of the books I have read disappoint in a different way. Donkeys deserve more than the books deliver.

I can give this book two stars because it is OK. The reader does get to meet several donkeys. By observing their behavior, the reader comes to understand how donkeys think, and think they do. A donkey’s mentality and wa
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. ...more
Woman Reading
5 Stars - who knew reading about an obscure donkey race could be so much fun?

An animal hoarder was “loving” his donkey to death for the donkey had been neglected in body and spirit and badly required rescuing. When the donkey arrived at McDougall’s small farm in remote Lancaster County, he wondered whether it wouldn’t be less cruel to euthanize the real-life Eeyore. McDougall renamed the donkey Sherman, because his family enjoyed the happy-go-lucky songwriting Sherman brothers, and this sad-eyed
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!
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, biog, 2010s, dewey600s

Five stars for being a book to cherish.
There are multiple favorable reviews that I have liked:

Some of my earliest memories are running with dogs on tall grass covered hillsides.
The idea of running with a Sherman sized and spirited creature has particularly appeal.
The world of donkey-racing one I'd like to exist in.
Really liked the animals and people that CM introduced.
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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 a
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another win for McDougall. I loved Born to Run and am still running in Five Fingers after reading that book 7 years ago.

This was a broad spectrum book covering Donkey personalities, Amish personalities, depression, running, Colorado, Pennsylvania and a very wide array of disparate characters that enter and exit McDougall's life. This is also very much a short autobiography.

I am amazed at how McDougall can weave so many topics into a coherent story all wrapped around the tale of a rescue Donkey
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.
When author Chris McDougall decided to rescue a neglected donkey, eventually named Sherman, he and his family had no idea what they were about to encounter. But once they realized what Sherman's purpose was, burro racing, an entire community, friends, strangers, and those on the brink of broken rallied together in this delightful and inspirational story. For those who enjoyed Marley & Me or The Art of Racing in the Rain. This is our library's One Book One Town 2020 pick and we are all looking fo ...more
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 La
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I've read this author before, (Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen) and absolutely loved it. Now put a cute little donkey on the cover of another running book and of course I'm going to read it.

I liked this one. Some of this was 5 stars and it had me laughing out loud; other parts didn't have that same effect. There were many deviations into different tangents. That is a bit of a gray area for me because sometimes I like it....sometimes I d
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-reviews
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
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 Zek ...more
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very heartfelt.....funny, and I loved it....quick simple read...with very straight forward language. I really enjoyed it.
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
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a fantastic book! Chris McDougal earlier wrote a very good one with Born to Run, and this one, with a love able donkey named Sherman (and a few friends) is even better. So many topics are covered, but they all help to tell the story of Sherman and his great 50 mile race.
I loved this book. I was a little unsure if a book about a donkey would interest me, but I was pulled right in to Chris McDoughall's story. This is such a heart-warming story. I think it would appeal to everyone who loves a story about an underdog, or feels like they belong on the island of misfit toys or has a troubled teen or loves animals with all their heart or runs for fun and is always looking for a challenge.

What a great wild ride! I didn't want this book to end.
Wow! Even the tangents and rabbit holes the author goes through are interesting and are brought back into the main story. This book actually gave me goosebumps in the ending of the next to the last chapter - never had that happen before.
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
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 do
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Christopher McDougall is good at spinning up yarns and connecting somewhat unrelated subjects and people in a way that is enjoyable and fun to read. This is no different in this book where he documents his journey to rehabilitate a donkey and complete a burro race in Colorado. Along the way, the reader learns a lot about Christopher, his family, animal husbandry, the Amish community of Lancaster (this being the digression I found most interesting), the burro racing community, the power for anima ...more
Sam Harvey
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
That's it. I'm getting a donkey and moving to Colorado. ...more
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.
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. ...more
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I started this audio late this afternoon, but it is a winner! A rescue donkey and some delightful writing sweeten the day!

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.
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
Edwin Priest
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This is a wonderful heart-warming story that revolves around a rescue donkey and a burro race in Colorado, but takes in so much more: The Pennsylvania Amish, ultra distance runners, human animal bonds. McDougall strays into mushy science and alternative medicine trumpeting at times, but overall this is quite an inspiring and endearing book. And it makes me want a donkey. Well sort of. 4 stars.
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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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