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too much memoir, not enough substance
on October 27, 2011
I was expecting a book about running, or about the obstacles women have gone through to break into running. I was expecting interviews with Paula Radcliffe and Kathryn Spritzer, a detailed explanation of women's start in track and cross country, running in the Olympics, etc.
What I got was the author's thoughts on life, loosely linked by a sentence or two examples of random women (and a few elite)'s experiences. There is a place for the non-elite - and I can relate infinitely better to that midpack runner than the winner - but all of these stories were blips, little fragments of stories, without enough detail or background to make them understandable and relatable.
By the end, I knew Ms. Samuels' thoughts on politics, abortion, religion, marriage, education, feminism, and what type of runner she was/is. But I guess my mistake was looking for a sports book when she'd written a memoir.
If you're looking for the memoir of a feminist who discovered more about herself through running, you might be interested. If you're looking for a book to inspire you to appreciate running with how far women have come and the sacrifices they have to make to "run like a girl," this isn't it.