The Long Run (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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His Kindle Singles for Amazon have all been bestsellers. He writes true stories about drink, drugs, disasters, desire, deception and their aftermath. His work has been praised for its grit, humor, fearlessness and heart. 'The Long Run,' his mini-memoir detailing his transformation from alcoholic drug abuser to sober ultrarunner is one of the best-selling Kindle Singles to date.
Mishka Shubaly lives in Brooklyn where he is at work on a new solo record of his original songs for In Music We Trust and a full-length memoir for Public Affairs. He welcomes feedback from his readers. We're all in this together, you know?
"The Kindle Singles bestseller list has anointed new stars like Mishka Shubaly..."
-The New York Times
"The gruff and rough-voiced Shubaly is a chronicler of mankind's darkest impulses and failures, a guy with a ticket to hell and back."
-Time Out New York
"A beaming ray of jet-black sunshine."
-The Village Voice
"Shubaly's writing grabs you by your neck, his thumb fingering the delicate pulse by your throat. He's going to tell you about himself, whether you can stand it or not, and the reason you can't stop reading? It's because he also seems to know a thing or two about your inner life."
Top Customer Reviews
The book begins; describing his drinking troubles and various moves from Massachusetts to Colorado and eventually back to New York by way of Colorado again. Shubaly finally got his undergraduate degree. It wasn't easy for him though, as he describes "More than once, I woke in the middle of the night, crying uncontrollably.....I got straight A's." So even though he was barely functioning alcohol, he still did well at school. Later his plan was to either go to rehab or grad school. He moved back to Manhattan with $300. He applied to one school, saving his last $75 for the application, which ironically he had to use to pay for an open container ticket. He paid it and then borrowed the application fee and lo and behold was accepted to Columbia University. It is amazing that someone as screwed up as he is, was able to graduate with an undergraduate degree, let alone a Master's.
Shubaly's darkest period came about at this time. He moved onto songwriting and made a name for himself (sort of) and proceeded to up his addiction to various drugs - Oxycontin, Vicodin and Opana (a narcotic made famous by the movie "Drug store Cowboy's.) The downward spiral continued.Read more ›
In purchasing this single I was more interested in the running-redemption connection than anything else, as in how running made him feel or how it changed his perspective or how it helped him confront issues of his past. I didn't get any of that in this book. I saw no real growth in the author-- only the discovery that pushing himself to his utmost physical limit distracted him enough to allow him to be able to hold back his drug addiction. If he were to be injured again for a long period of time it seems there'd be a high potential for falling back on old behaviors.
It's not that I expected him to emerge at the end a totally cured, perfect human being, I just expected more of a delve into the personal and philosophical connection between running and recovering rather than a mere description of how he started running.
I rapidly skimmed through most of this mini-kindle book as well as his other one - in one day - and made a resolution to not read him again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very inspiring story. I could relate to his life and was proud to see a positive outcome! Fun to read!Published 4 hours ago by Kindle Customer
It wasn't necessarily inspiring as far as getting me to go out and run. It was a good read to see how his journey got him to where he was but it seemed like a lot of the same - get... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Allyson Conner
Part bravery, part courage and part showoff comes out in the story. It's a "What Happened to Me." story from a guy who isn't afraid of his truth no matter what. Read morePublished 14 days ago by forsennata
A story of change marked with vindictive labors. Too often we see man succumb to angst and misfortune, and that makes Mishka's story that much more captivating.Published 15 days ago by Septian Arnold
Pretty good. Meanders a bit. But if you know any recovering alcoholics like I do then it feels good to read.Published 20 days ago by philip lynch
This is a hellavu story!! Just when you think you've had a pretty rough life and overcame some great odds, here comes Mishka with his tantalizing story and it reminds you just how... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heather
Good read, a few times I felt like I was consumed by the book.
A runners emotional ending. Loved it.
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