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Book review – Once a Runner, by John L. Parker Jr.

Posted by bunchgrasser on May 21, 2009

Once a Runner 1I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and have been meaning to share my thoughts on it since. I can confirm that all of the wonderful comments I had read online about this fictional running story are absolutely dead on! I really loved this book!

I’m a voracious reader with interests in many genres, both fiction and non-fiction. I’m also a runner (although not at all hardcore like the central character in this book), so I jumped at the opportunity to read a real novel about running (there aren’t that many). The story was interesting from the beginning and all throughout, ending with an exciting and inspiring finish.

I highly recommend this book to anyone, whether you are a runner or not. You won’t be disappointed. Buy the book and/or read 144 more reviews on Amazon here.

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Finally…”Once a Runner” novel going back to printer

Posted by bunchgrasser on October 21, 2008

I just read on Kelly Johnson’s Run Oregon Blog┬áthat “Once a Runner” by John L Parker Jr. is finally going back to the printer and will be available this spring.

I heard about this inspiring, fictional novel when I started training for my first marathon last year and wanted to get a copy. However, the book is in such high demand that finding a copy is near impossible, unless you want to pay $60-$90 or more on Ebay for a used copy.

You can pre-order your very own copy of this book from Amazon for April 2009 delivery. I’ve already ordered mine and I can’t wait to read it. Check out some of the reviews below:

“By far the most accurate fictional portrayal of the world of the serious runner. . . a marvelous description of the way it really is.” — Kenny Moore, of Sports Illustrated

“I hate to use a clich, but I couldn’t put it down.” — Joe Henderson, Runner’s World

“I’m jealous. This is very close to the kind of book I’ve wanted to write for years. . . [Parker] has shown an ability to find that vein that runners have within them, and write about it better than anyone ever has.” — Don Kardong, of Runner’s World

“I’ve read `Once a Runner’ six times and still enjoy it immensely. It continues to renew my heart to `go after the fire, not the smoke.” — J.A. Sandoz, Olympia, WA

“My 17-year-old son was transfixed with `Once a Runner’. . .” — Jon Boon, Columbia, MD

“Perhaps the best novel ever written about running. There are parts of Once a Runner that are pure poetry. I have never read descriptions of what it is to run and race as accurate and compelling as Parker’s.” — Tom Jordan, Track & Field News

“The best piece of running fiction around. Beg, borrow, or buy a copy, and you’ll never need another motivator.” — Dave Langlais, Runner’s World

“There is a remarkable parallel between the pacing of this novel and a well-run race.” — Ed Ayres, Running Times –This text refers to the Paperback edition.

(reviews and image compliments of Amazon.com)

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