Running Home

Random. Mar. 2019. 384p. illus. ISBN 9780425284650. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780425284667. MEMOIR
After her parents' divorce when she was a young child, Arnold (former contributor, Outside Magazine) could not shake the feeling of abandonment by her father, David Arnold, a National Geographic photographer. She oftentimes felt as though she was the one leaving him behind. When David passes away shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, Arnold is unmoored by grief. Questioning her own health and mortality, she attempts to heal her anxiety through myriad natural remedies to no avail. From a friend, she learns the art of walking meditation, which she adopts and translates its principles to running. Setting a goal for herself, she participates and wins her first ultramarathon, advocating for challenging, long-distance runs as a form of therapy.
VERDICT Far more than a book about running, this touching memoir takes readers on a compelling and emotional journey as Arnold finds relief from her sorrow. Anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one will find comfort in these pages.

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