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Product Details

  • Paperback: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Kim Jones (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615597424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615597423
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A former US marathon champ, Jones grew up in the Pacific Northwest in a family plagued by dysfunction, poverty and mental illness. Her memoir of survival and triumph is told with humor and inspiration. You don't have to be a runner to love it."  
-Donnamarie Barnes - People Magazine

"Kim Jones was one of the best marathoners in the world and a familiar favorite on the roads throughout the late '80s and early 90s. With her flowing blond hair and bright smile, she looked like an all-American college girl. Her recent autobiography, however, reveals a story of a large, close-nit family full of trouble -- mental illness, drug abuse, suicide, prison -- and a life spent managing pain and finding freedom."  
-Jonathan Beverly - Editor in Chief, Running Times Magazine 

"Very powerful book and amazing journey, Dandelion Growing Wild by Kim Jones. A must read for every runner, I was captivated from chapter one."  
-Bart Yasso - Runner's World

"For all the running in the book, it's not really a running book. It's an extraordinary, often devastating family story told unflinchingly."  
-John Blanchette - Spokane Spokesman-Review

"Jones has penned a story of pathos and passion that ranks among the best and most gripping books written by a runner I've come across. "Dandelion Growing Wild" is that rare sports book that has the potential to cross over into the mainstream reading public."  
-Mike Sandrock - Boulder Daily Camera

From the Author

The writing process is as personal as childbirth. And that is even truer when writing about your own life. I wrote and rewrote these words over a three-year period, even though I had conceived of the book at an earlier time. Every serious writer wants to find a voice that is true. My effort to find that voice came as I remembered events and then committed them to words. In my case the act of writing was also an act of catharsis, the spiritual healing that must come with any tragedy. I have tried to capture my life within the context of a career as an elite runner. This book, however, is not so much about the running life but rather my endurance and triumph within that life. As Faulkner wrote: "Between grief and nothing, I will take grief." This book has allowed me to move beyond even that.    
 
My story is connected to the lives and deaths of many loved ones. I hope that my memoir honors both their memory and the dedication and courage of the loved ones they had to leave. 

More About the Author

Kim Jones began running marathons after watching Joan Benoit Samuelson's victory at the 1984 Los Angels Olympics on television. She quickly rose to become one of the best female marathoners in US history and was ranked 3rd in the World in 1991. Throughout her career, Kim has been one of the most dominant distance runners in the world. She has more high-level placings in world-class marathons than any other US female marathoner in history with 17 performances under 2:33. (Deena Kastor 10; Joan Benoit Samuelson 9; Lisa Weidenbach 7)

Kim Jones grew up in the Pacific Northwest before raising her two daughters in Spokane, Washington, and now resides in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband Jon Sinclair. Since retiring from competition in 1998, she has been a coach with Anaerobic Management (www.anaerobic.net), an on-line coaching service for distance runners, as well as a speaker at special events, road races and expos. She is a member of the Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame and Colorado Running Hall of Fame. Kim Jones won the "Track and Field Writers of America" 2012 BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD for Dandelion Growing Wild.

Customer Reviews

Simply put: read this book!
Donna L. Wise
Kim tells a great story and at times had me belly laughing and at other times crying, as she dealt with so much heart break and disappointment throughout her life.
Bill King, Race Director, Steamtown Marathon
Dandelion Growing Wild by Kim Jones is one unique and incredible story of her journey in life.
Tom Iredale

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Willis on July 3, 2012
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I had just finished reading another world class marathoner's autobiography and while it was well written and I was left with an appreciation of the runner's achievements the story was somewhat the expected - trained hard, raced harder in high school, college, professional career, etc. - and it had no emotional impact on me.
Knowing nothing of Kim Jones' personal life I expected her story to be somewhat similiar. But the quote in the preface - "Between grief and nothing, I will take grief" - should serve as a warning of what is to come for the first chapters open like an novel by Faulkner and soon sweep the reader into a maelstrom of emotions wondering how much grief and tragedy one family had to endure. Parts of the book where she describes her childhood exploits and those of her children are absolutely hilarious. Stories of her running career are included but are given no more prominence than the other events of her life reflecting that this is not a book about running but rather it is the story of an individual who was tempered by the events in her life and became a world class runner. Serious runners will appreciate the details of her races and the workouts leading up to them.
The final chapter opens with her moving to a new home and life in Colorado and one has the relieved sense that most of the turbulance in her life is over. Thus the story of the loss of a loved daughter and the aftermath strike like an awful hammer blow and will leave one shaken and weeping. The final passages in which she climbs out of the dark abyss of grief are some of the most eloquent and moving of anything I have ever read.
The many who read this book will find inspiration in the story of a woman who bore the unbearable with strength and grace and was still able to show gratitude to the many who nurtured and mentored her on her journey. Would we all be able to do so.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kent Oglesby on May 2, 2012
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Dandelion Growing Wild is a remearkable book about one of America's/World's leading marathoners during the 80's and 90's. However, what is compelling about the book is not the athlectic trimuph (which is outstanding in its own right) but rather it is the story of humanity rising above the tragedies of life. I think it was William Faulkner in Wild Palms who wrote "between nothingness and grief, I choose grief." Kim recounts how in the shadow of her own personal tragedies, she accepts the grief and transcends it with the endurance and spirit of a truly great athlete.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donnamarie Barnes on May 2, 2012
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Dandelion Growing Wild by Kim Jones is a powerful memoir written by an American Marathon Champion who tells her story of growing up in a large dysfunctional family, overcoming immense poverty, tragedy and heartbreaking events. With sublime descriptions of the Pacific North West and wonderful characterizations of her family members, the story is told with humor and grace and epitomizes qualities of perseverance, courage and hope. If you are a runner, Kim Jones will inspire you and if you are a mother, daughter, sister, son or brother you cannot escape being touched deeply by this story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Northwest Bookie on June 23, 2014
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I just finished readying Kim's book last evening after reading almost every spare minute I had since I purchased it for my Kindle. I found this book to be one of the most heart wrenching and courageous books I have ever read. From the very first page it had my attention and interest. I knew Kim for a short while in school as I also grew up in Port Townsend. I never dreamed the things she endured while attaining her dream of becoming a world class runner.

She is truly a shining example of total guts, raw courage and determination and I am honored to have been her classmate.

This is a must read for anyone who ponders what it would take to achieve what this remarkable woman achieved.

Congratulations Kimmy!! And thank you for sharing your story!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Racerik on November 29, 2013
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Kim's story is one of the most impactful I have ever read. I recommend Dandelion Growing Wild to any competitive person (not just runners), anyone who loves to see someone overcome insurmountable odds, and anyone who wants to appreciate life (so basically if you are alive - I recommend this book). The constant change and adversity followed by beautiful success and reward are a journey I will never forget. Kim's strength and resilience are beyond what can be believed; but yet it is so raw and real. Getting lost in Kim's story was one of my favorite experiences in many years, and "an experience" is an accurate description of what reading this book truly is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jana landry on July 23, 2013
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This book is a must read for everyone. Runners and non-runners. As an avid reader I fell in love with this book from the beginning and could not put it down. I love the way Kim wrote her life story and made the reader feel as if you were there with her, growing up with her and experiencing her pain and sorrows and sharing her joys. It is so well written I would have thought she was a veteran author. This book definitely deserves a top seller spot. Her words touched me in so many ways and will be one I will remember for many years. Thank you Kim Jones for sharing your life with us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sara Wagner on July 9, 2013
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Dandelion Growing Wild was the first book that held me captive in years. I found myself staying up late many a night to find out what would happen next. It is an incredibly moving account of enduring heart-wrenching experiences to achieve a level of success most only dream of. I commend Kim for having the courage to share her story with such refreshing honesty. Kim takes things in stride as life throws challenge after challenge her way - any one of which would cause many to shut down completely. I love that rather than clinging to pain, she focuses upon what grounds her, how she can rebuild her strength, and those who bring her alive...this alone will inspire an untold number of readers. May we all follow in Kim Jones's footsteps, in becoming who we're meant to be, never forgetting what makes our hearts happy.
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