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Night Running: A Book of Essays About Breaking Through Paperback – June 14, 2016
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-Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon and for years the Editor-in-Chief of Runner's World
"A book for anyone who has used solitude and exertion to explore a new crevice of their own mind. Fear, exhilaration, anger, accomplishment, despair, euphoria&mdashevery one of these emotions is distilled in Night Running.
-David Epstein, The Sports Gene
"Night Running captures in a myriad of ways the essence of running: solitude, self-discovery and the exhilaration of a momentary escape from the banal."
-Sandy Alderson, general manager, New York Mets, 2:53 marathoner
"A fascinating and eclectic collection! In Night Running, eleven essayists express, with bracing honesty, how a simple act of willrunning in the darkcan free body and mind from fear, and restore the spirit."
-Novelist Mary Volmer, author of Crown of Dust and Reliance, Illinois
"Good writing, like a good run, should feel effortless even when ambitious. This collection of essays finds its stride early as it illuminates, entertains and often dazzles."
-Daniel Brown, author of The Big 50: San Francisco Giants: The Men and Moments That Made the San Francisco Giants
About the Author
Joy Russo-Schoenfield, a former writer and editor at the Palm Beach Post, Newsday and CBS Sportsline.com, oversees Olympics and international sports coverage for ESPN digital and print media. She lives in Burlington, Connecticut.
Anne Milligan, an employment lawyer in Portland, Oregon, has represented clients in eight federal districts and before the Bureau of Labor and Industries. She is a former writer and content manager for Run Oregon.
Pete Danko reports on renewable energy and local business in Portland, Oregon, and is a wine-industry marketing and public relations consultant. His work has appeared in publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times.
The nomadic Vanessa Runs, who roams the land in an RV, is a self-described author, trail nerd, elevation junkie and mountain-loving dirtbag.” Her books include Daughters of Distance and The Summit Seeker.
Steve Kettmann, a former columnist for the Berliner Zeitung, is the author most recently of Baseball Maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets. He lives in Soquel, California.
Dahlia Scheindlin, an international public opinion researcher and political strategist, has consulted on campaigns in more than a dozen countries. She was raised in New York City and currently resides in Israel.
Heather Semb, a former resident intern at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods writers’ retreat center in Northern California, is preparing to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. This is her first published essay.
T.J. Quinn, a former Chicago White Sox and New York Mets beat writer, is an investigative reporter for ESPN. He lives in New Jersey.
Former Wellstone Books intern Kelsey Eiland, a recent graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, works at the UCSC Arboretum and hopes to pursue a career in teaching.
Bonnie D. Ford, a former sports features writer for the Chicago Tribune and Cleveland Plain Dealer, is an enterprise and investigative reporter for ESPN.com. She splits her time between suburban Philadelphia and rural Maryland.
Top Customer Reviews
Okay, I'm a swimmer. But race reports of people feeling stronger as they go, pushing through the pain, doing it to overcome something lost, or generally babbling about the mysticism in their solitary pursuit of mileage are not for me.
All of the other essays have tastes of the above, but all are so wonderfully written and edited as to let me enjoy their rides as well. Fun to read! In fact, I sat at the kitchen table, with the sun on my hair, and read the entire book the day it arrived in the mail. For someone who can't even get through the newspaper without nodding off into a plate of lunch, that was saying something. Buy the book!
The feeling of being in the runner's shoes stuck with me throughout the book.
Each essay read like a short run with it's author through pivotal points in his or her life -- and sometimes how a particular experience may have changed them forever. Heavy.
Aside from that, it was just fun to read. Every voice is clear and conversational. It's for anyone who likes to run, write, read, travel, or have existential breakthroughs.
I went running after I finished reading it. I went running at night, even. It was almost as good as reading about it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have to confess--I am not a runner. But I still loved this book. Each of the essays is so well-written, with writing that draws the reader in, and each has a compelling point... Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by J. Klingner
I am impressed. Who knew so much could be written about night running? This really brought me back to the raw joy (and fear!) associated with running after dark. Well done.Published on June 1, 2013 by Vanessa Runs
Night Running was a fun read, inspiring to runners and non-runners alike. Being an owner of bad knees, I related to the story by TJ Quinn, running through his pain! Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by steve b dooher
I was a distance runner for a period in high school but my knees were a weak point. That's one reason why TJ Quinn's essay in Night Running was my favorite of the set. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Peter