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About the Author

Kathleen Cleary?s personal essays have been published in the Berkshire Eagle and read on Northeast Public Radio?s WAMC. She and her husband Michael live in Lenox, Massachusetts, with their three sons.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (August 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595356982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595356980
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great book to enjoy over the Holidays!
Robert J. Hodge
Even if you are not a runner, your spirit will be uplifted by this small glimpse into the life and mind of one of the past two generations' truly good guys.
Brian Salzberg
It is very inspirational and comedic at the same time.
Margaret Mitchell

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Hodge on November 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Joe Concannon, Boston Globe sportswriter and chronicler of the Boston Marathon, tabbed Tommy "The Guru" as every runner of note made their way to the Eliot Lounge, from all corners of the planet so that they could counsel with the great one: Thomas Francis Leonard!

Read this book and find out why, or read this book and feel all warm & fuzzy like. The man has had quite a life.

The quotable Tommy:

". . . Tommy Leonard, the running guru at the Eliot Lounge talking in a TV interview about the particular appeal of the Boston Marathon: "It's better than sex."

Tommy got some strange looks from folk's after that one.

A great book to enjoy over the Holidays!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Considine on December 6, 2005
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I am not an avid runner. Nor have I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Leonard. Readers may not know the people or recognize the local names in this book, but the Kathleen Cleary's message is unmistakably universal: Tommy Leonard touched the lives of many and made his and our world a better place. Read this book and learn how and why he did it. The title alone is worth the price of admission into Leonard's remarkable life.

Mike Considine, Lenox, MA
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marz on December 6, 2005
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This book is a true delight from start to finish. In this day and age where we hear so many stories of people doing bad things, it is so uplifting to read about a man who is such a good person through and through. Kathleen Cleary has captured the spirit of Tommy Leonard for everyone. I highly recommend this book and I promise it will bring tears to your eyes, a smile to your face and probably quite a few belly laughs. Enjoy!
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By BJ on December 27, 2008
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I knew of Tommy Leonard when I bought this book through friends who had met him and known him through a lot of years. I was in Chez Jay's many times when Tommy called over the years to find out what was happening on the West coast. It is a good read about a good man, an ordinary man who made a positive difference in a lot of lives. I wish the author had known more about the Tommy away from "running", those stories are very funny and would have fleshed out the book more. Tommy was and is a good boy and I was delighted that someone thought to put him down on paper. This is a story about one man making a difference in a unique way. It leaves you feeling upbeat and happy and with the realization that one good person can do so much to make the world around him or her a better place. Buy the book and enjoy it. Some of the proceeds go to Tommy's retirement fund.
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Reading Tommy's life story is like drinking in a tonic that uplifts your spirits and energizes your inner life. It is very inspirational and comedic at the same time. Cleary focuses over and over on topics we all relate to ~ the ingredients that make up a meaningful life.

I agree completely with Jack Kearney, former WBCN radio exec, who wrote in Cleary's guest book: "Cleary has...out-Damoned Damon Runyon with her colorful bio of Tommy Leonard. The book transcends running and has wide market appeal. I liken it to a nice 'Angela's Ashes.'"
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