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Running with Sherman

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  28 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, 352 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!
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 woul
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
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 experie
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.
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 h
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
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
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
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. I swear McDougal
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. Aft ...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.
Allen Adams

As the old adage goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. That may be true, but what about this: you can lead a donkey to the road, but you can’t make him run.

That’s the question asked by author Christopher McDougall in his new book “Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero.” In this nonfiction account, McDougall tells the story of Sherman, the donkey that he and his family rescued. From sad, almost tragic beginnings, we watch as Sh
donkey Sherman set in Colorado

Come and meet Sherman in Colorado!

Donkeys are one of my favourite animals. They’re always so soft and unassuming. Gentle and kind. They’re not as graceful as their horse relatives, not as majestic as other animals, yet their faces, their gentle nature makes me warm to them and always want to stroke them when I see them.

I loved donkey rides on the beach as a child and now feel guilty for this feeling it was cruel and unkind, so when I got to read about them being in races, I was in two minds. Was this a good thing?

This book is
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
So, while visiting Frisco, Colorado, I stumbled across a program at the local history museum about pack burro racing. The burros who were visiting were crazy cute, and I met a couple of racers, one of whom was a girl in her teens (racing [and occasionally winning] against men and women of all ages). I was impressed! So when I saw this book, I was compelled to read it. (Turns out, it was written by Christopher McDougall, who wrote [extremely well] "Born to Run", a book I enjoyed several years ago ...more
Shauna Roth
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a farm girl living in the city. My sister lives in the country. My sister has three miniature donkeys. And this is what I’ve come to believe. To know a donkey is to love a donkey.
I came into reading this lovely story knowing that the first part was going to be very hard. It was. I read as I wept. And as I was finishing this book, I wept as I read. Some of the tears were tears of sadness, but others were tears of happiness. This story about Sherman was a lot more than the story of a neglect
Linda Quinn
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last.
I loved this book and I think it's a must read for animal lovers or runners.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Tom Bennett
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed, I cried. I loved it.
Jul 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: animals, anticipated
Sounds like an empowering novel. Makes me inspired! Hope I can get my hands on this soon! :)
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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 Universi