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A race like no other : 26.2 miles through the streets of New York
Liz Robbins
Adult Nonfiction GV1065.22.N49 R63 2008

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From Publishers' Weekly:

New York Times sportswriter Robbins captures the world's "ultimate marathon," the New York City race. Set during the 2007 marathon, the narrative follows several runners: male and female professional runners with more at stake than prize money (a recovering alcoholic trying to mend her family; a cancer survivor running his first marathon; a 67-year-old grandmother on her 12th New York marathon) as they make their way through the city's five boroughs. Robbins's journalist's eye is thorough as she intersperses stories of wheelchair athletes, volunteers, spectators and even the city workers who paint the course markers. Those who've read Fred Lebow's Inside the World of Big-Time Marathoning or Ron Rubin's book on the New York City marathon, Anything for a T-shirt, will appreciate the varied voices here. Using each mile to structure the 26.2 chapters, Robbins allows readers to experience the event without ever putting on a pair of running shoes. (Oct. 7) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Attorney and freelance journalist Horowitz can brag 100 marathons, and of almost equal importance, an easy, honest, and humble writing style in his first book, which manages to teach without being intrusive. Eighteen years ago, he took up running, never having tried the sport before or even considered it when he was a student. He traces the paths taken and the transformations made by his body, psyche, and soul, and his story reveals with humility what it means to be a runner and how the culture becomes you. His tips and suggestions are insightful and palatable and are instanced by his experience. With the lyricism and sensibility of a cinematographic poet, Robbins (sportswriter, New York Times) glides through the 26.2 miles of the 2007 New York City Marathon like an Altman or Welles tracking shot. In her montage of human spirit, we sweepingly survey the character of the landscape mile by mile, zooming in to reveal the joy and suffering behind runners' strides, then back out to establish context and associate culture and history. No artifice or schmaltz--this is poetry for runners; pulsing and energizing in its immediacy, and as raw and persistent as its subject. Welcome stylistic departures, both titles are highly recommended for public libraries, where they will inspire readers to lace up their running shoes.--Ben Malczewski, Ypsilanti Dist. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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