Chris McDougall

New York Times bestselling author of BORN TO RUN introduces his heartwarming new book, RUNNING WITH SHERMAN, about teaching a rescued donkey how to run, healing both his mind and body. Chris will share videos of Sherman, and hopefully, we’ll be able to FaceTime with him too! There will be a book-signing following the presentation. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:
When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived, Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move, and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman’s body but to heal his mind as well. It turns out the best way to soothe a donkey is to give it a job, and so Chris decided to teach Sherman how to run. He’d heard about burro racing—a unique type of race where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days—and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado.

Easier said than done. In the course of Sherman’s training, Chris would have to recruit several other runners, both human and equine, and call upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers. Along the way, he shows us the life-changing power of animals, nature, and community.

“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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christopher McDougall covered wars in Rwanda and Angola as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press before writing his best-selling book Born to Run. His fascination with the limits of human potential led him to create the Outside magazine web series, “Art of the Hero.” He currently lives with his wife, two daughters, and a farmyard menagerie in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Event date: 
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
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Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781524732363
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

Natural Born Heroes: Mastering the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307742223
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Vintage - April 5th, 2016

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307279187
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Vintage - March 29th, 2011

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