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Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running by [Toor, Rachel]
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Editorial Reviews


Personal Record takes you on a grand tour of the running life, which goes from hobby to one of the purest forms that fanaticism in sport can take—ultramarathons. As any great running book deserves, Rachel Toor’s writing is swift, disciplined, sinewy, and indomitably strong. It is also hilarious. The story she tells is a marvel.”—Pat Conroy, author of My Losing Season and The Prince of Tides
(Pat Conroy 2008-01-09)

“In an unconventional, inspirational, and loving account of running, really well done and funny as heck, Rachel Toor shows how this simple activity is so powerful it sweeps us off our feet into friendships that endure. I'm a fan.”—Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of both the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon and owner of the Bill Rodgers Running Center
(Bill Rodgers 2008-01-09)

“Readers who have thought about taking up running but have kept putting it off will discover that Toor has deftly taken away all of their excuses, from ‘I don’t have time’ to ‘I’m too out of shape’ to ‘It’ll hurt too much.’ A book that will appeal equally to novices and experienced runners.”—Booklist
(David Pitt Booklist 2008-09-01)

“A finely written ode to the art, the trial, the lifestyle of marathon running. Toor, an experienced runner, has the ability to take you inside that niche world and make it real.”—Reader’s Digest
(Maureen Mackey Reader's Digest 2008-10-11)

"In her new essay collection, Personal Record, Toor immerses the reader in the world of long-distance running, examining her bruised, muscular body, the contents of her closet, her pantry jammed with energy gels and protein bars, and her love life in the process of explaining what running means to her and describing the experiences the sport has given her."—Jenny Shank, New West
(Jenny Shank New West 2008-10-06)

“Rachel Toor makes me want to be a runner. . . . We can all find something inspiring in this book of stories about her running experiences.”—Doris Anne Roop-Benner, Story Circle Book Reviews
(Doris Anne Roop-Benner Story Circle Book Reviews 2008-11-25)

About the Author

Rachel Toor teaches writing at Eastern Washington University, is a columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education, and a senior writer for Running Times. She is the author of The Pig and I: How I Learned to Love Men (Almost) as Much as I Love My Pets and Admissions Confidential: An Insider’s Account of the Elite College Selection Process. A graduate of Yale University, she received an MFA from the University of Montana and currently lives in Spokane.

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  • File Size: 1180 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042ET8MG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,450 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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