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Running with Sherman: How a Rescue Donkey Inspired a Rag-tag Gang of Runners to Enter the Craziest Race in America Paperback – Illustrated, July 28, 2020
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"A delight, full of heart and hijinks and humor." —John Grogan, author of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
When Christopher McDougall decided to adopt a donkey in dire straits, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. But with the help of his neighbors, Chris came up with a crazy idea. Burro racing, a unique type of competition in which humans and donkeys run side by side over mountains and through streams, would be exactly the challenge Sherman and Chris needed. In the course of Sherman’s training, Chris would enlist Amish running clubs, high-spirited goats, the service animal community, and two Sarah Palin–loving long-distance female truckers. Sherman’s heartwarming story of overcoming all odds to run one of the most unbelievable races in America shows the healing power of movement and the strength of the human-animal connection.
Look for Christopher McDougall's new book, Born to Run 2, coming in December!
“Hilarious. . . . McDougall tries to persuade . . . [a] donkey to partner with him for a ridiculously challenging pack burro race in Colorado. He is forced to realize that to win over the donkey he must slow down—and meet the inscrutable creature on its own terms. . . . Commune with animals and humans may rediscover their own humanity.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A smart critique of the culture of conventional American sports.” —Outside
“Running with Sherman has . . . adventure, passion, and humor. . . . I promise that you will laugh, cry and cheer for the irrepressible Sherman and his hapless human partner.” —Aspen Daily News
“An absorbing tale . . . Running with Sherman is a highly engaging, deeply moving account of how fortitude, patience, love, and tenacity can heal physical and emotional wounds, and the amazing bond that can develop between humans and animals.” —The Santa Barbara Independent
“McDougall’s inspiring story is not to be missed . . . A journey full of heart and humor that will touch the animal-ambivalent as much as the animal-lover.” —BookPage
“A humorous and heartwarming book about not only running with donkeys but about community, our connections with one another, and our abilities to persevere and overcome physical and mental challenges.” —Library Journal
“Both inspiring and humorous, a testament to the depth of the animal-human connection.” —Booklist
“Sherman’s transformation from dying donkey to confident runner involved a circle of family, friends, neighbors, and a few feisty donkeys, each of whom McDougall portrays in affectionate, vivid detail . . . A charming tale of a resilient donkey and a community's love.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Runners and animal lovers alike can find inspiration in this story.” —Publishers Weekly
“I’ve always believed that people who didn’t love miniature donkeys are going to hell. I think people who don’t love this book may be too. This is more than just a lovely tale about a wounded animal. It is the kind of story that breaks your heart and mends it all in the space of a paragraph or even a line. Besides, it’s about a MINIATURE DONKEY.” —Rick Bragg, best-selling author of The Best Cook in the World
“I, like roughly three million other running enthusiasts, was briefly obsessed with Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen when it appeared a decade ago. Now, roving journalist and good-natured running proselytizer Christopher McDougall is back with another inspirational of borderline insane people racing inhumanly long distances. Except, TWIST: this time Chris isn’t just pounding the pavement with his fellow homo sapiens. In Running with Sherman, he recounts his efforts to rehabilitate the body, mind, and spirit of a weary donkey by entering them both in the pack burro racing World Championship.” —Dan Sheehan, Lit Hub “Most Anticipated Books of 2019 part 2”
“What an insane, amazing story. I genuinely cried so many times throughout it, and cried the happiest tears at the end. Running with Sherman is an inspiring love letter to the beautifully broken and the immeasurable power of healing together. It is a meaningful reminder that no one is ever beyond repair. This book motivated me to test my limits, and made me feel deeply ashamed my work ethic and athletic prowess are only half that of a farm animal. Sherman the Donkey is my personal superhero.”
—AJ Mendez Brooks, aka AJ Lee, WWE superstar and author of Crazy Is My Superpower.
“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 and Love with the World’s Worst Dog
“A charming story about animals and people in Amish Country.”
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human
About the Author
- Publisher : Vintage; Reprint edition (July 28, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0525433252
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525433255
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.15 x 0.7 x 7.96 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book was well written and authentic. I’ve been an Equestrain for more years than is prudent to admit to, and Chris does a great job of keeping it real and not diminishing Sherman and his fellow burro teammates. A mentor once told me, ‘ mules are like horses, only more so’. It’s so very true of the mules and donkeys...they don’t suffer foolish humans and they have self preservation in spades. Humans can bully and exploit horses, the “long eared legion” a.k.a. Donkeys & Mules, won’t put up with a nasty human for one nanosecond. They will give it their all as long as they feel like it’s their idea (fun with a purpose) and that they are an equal partner.
Working with Sherman proved that nothing less than a partnership would do; for all members of team Sherman. It’s crazy how it sneaks up on you. If you work with any form of animal rehabilitation you know that you and the critter have to meet in the middle and pull together for a common goal. Nothing will force a human to change as deeply as several hundred pounds of equine. The horse is the mirror to your soul. (Or in this case, The Donk!) They reflect back what we give ....and they don’t lie.
It was easy to engage and feel connected with the various people in the book and root for them in their trials and triumphs. I felt like they were old friends by the close of the book. (Which I almost hated to see end!...)
Great easy, conversational style read. Bonus points for reviving my faith in humanity and supportive, caring community. Read it and Enjoy! Who rescued whom??!! Go Sherman!
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This was by far one of my favorite reads this year! Words cannot express how much I enjoyed hearing about Sherman, burro racing, and Chris McDougall's adventures. Chris also did an awesome job of tying in so many different topics, from psychology, to autism, and Amish running teams into the plot. I never knew if I was going to laugh, smile, or cry when I flipped to the next page.
I highly recommend reading this book!
Movement for healing
Animal/human dynamics and evolution
Respect for living creatures
Animals assistance with mental health
And a consistent desire to help others in need out of the sheer joy of doing it.