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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: LULU (March 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411669258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411669253
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Gift – A Runner’s Story is Paul Maurer’s first novel. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, three boys, and his running buddy/dog, Sam.

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Weldon Johnson on March 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I receive a lot of books to review for my website [...] and this is one of the best running books I've ever read. I gave the author this quote to use on his website and it sums up the book very quickly: "Paul Maurer, in The Gift, not only presents an interesting and captivating story, but he explores the deeper questions of why runners run, why we compete, and what makes such a simple sport, running, so rewarding to those of us who do it. The Gift is one of the best running books I have ever read. "
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Aspen on June 18, 2006
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This may hold some appeal for die hard running fans, since the passages about and in reference to the sport are the best written and most interesting in the book. However, this apparently self-published novel is as short on originality as it is heavy on a plethora of pop culture references and hokey, contrived dialogue.

While the author is obviously a devoted and passionate runner himself, there is little here to keep a reader involved in the short, soap operatic chapters. It could also have benefitted from better editing, containing numerous punctuation errors and misspellings.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. M. Freeman on May 1, 2006
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If I had read this before "Once a Runner" it would be the other way around. Some similarities between the two books...almost too many in some cases but a great read for those craving a "Once a Runner" like book that distance runners can relate too. For a first book - great job - now a must read for runners!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Sharratt on June 27, 2007
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This is the best running book I have ever read. I look forward to reading it again in the next month or so. I would rate this one above once a runner. But once a runner is still on the same level as this one. If you love running you can relate to everything in this book.
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