WHO: Christopher McDougall
WHAT: RUNNING WITH SHERMAN:
The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero
WHEN: Published by Knopf October 16, 2019
WHERE: The author lives in Lancaster County PA.
WHY: “Who could imagine finding joy in running with a donkey?
“Christopher McDougall could, and here he tells the story of the donkey named Sherman who captured his heart. When Sherman was rescued from a hoarder, he was near death, covered in parasites and barely able to walk due to unkempt hooves that looked like thick, oversize clown shoes. McDougall, along with his family and a host of friends and neighbors in his Pennsylvania Amish community, join forces to nurture the donkey and give him a purpose for living. Soon McDougall develops a bold plan: to train Sherman to compete in Colorado’s World Championship Pack Burro Race, in which a runner leads a burro outfitted with a regulation pack saddle, complete with a pick, shovel, and gold pan.
“McDougall’s account of how Sherman defied the odds to compete in the race is both inspiring and humorous, a testament to the depth of the animal-human connection.”
—Brenda Barrerra, BOOKLIST
“A humorous and heartwarming book
about not only running with donkeys but about community, our connections with one another, and our abilities to preserve and overcome physical and emotional challenges.” —Melissa Keegan, LIBRARY JOURNAL
“A tenderhearted memoir.
McDougall is a charming, enthusiastic storyteller.”
“A charming tale of a resilient donkey and a community’s love.”
Knopf. With 33 photos.
336 pages. $27.95 ISBN 978-0-525-65497-1
To interview the author, contact: Emily Reardon | 212-572-2018 | firstname.lastname@example.org