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Sole Sisters: Stories of Women and Running

by Jennifer Lin

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More than 11 million women run regularly, a number that's growing every year. They tend to be educated and affluent-the perfect audience for Sole Sisters. Half of all runners are women, and they are changing the face of the sport. It's a social outlet, a healthful way to improve mental well-being, and an opportunity to form bonds with like-minded women. Sole Sisters: Stories of Women and Running is a gripping collection of stories that captures the inspirational heart of the women's running. Authors Jennifer Lin and Susan Warner have interviewed women of all ages from all walks of life and all parts of the country. All of their subjects have one thing in common: Running has transformed them. There are both heartrending stories of grief and survival and lighthearted tales of friendship. Among them are: * Sisters who competed in a 5K race to honor a sister who survived breast cancer. * A 9/11 widow who ran her first marathon to honor the memory of her husband. * A 65-year-old woman who overcame obesity and alcoholism to finish the grueling Ironman triathlon. * An unknown runner from Norway named Grete Waitz who decided to run a marathon-and changed the face of the sport. Sole Sisters: Stories of Women and Running is not just for women who run. It appeals to all women who know what it means to have the support of others who share their trials and triumphs. Sole Sisters: Stories of Women and Running is sometimes touching, sometimes funny, and always inspiring. … (more)
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  cookierooks | Nov 16, 2016 |
By and large, I enjoyed the stories in the book. I especially enjoyed learning more about runners like Grete Waitz and Joan Benoit, as well as some of the stories about running groups. Some of the themes were a bit predictable, but others were more unique. Still, I enjoy reading running stories, and this is a nice collection. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
Sole Sisters by Jennifer Lin is filled with short stories contributed by accomplished and recreational runners alike. It addresses how running can strengthen bonds between women, issues women face as runners such as eatings disorders among competitive young girls, and how running has helped women overcome life's obstacles (cancer, death, divorce, etc.).

It is a small book, and a quick read, but the stories are often filled with emotion and meaning making it a valuable book for any female runner from novice to racing veteran. ( )
  KarenBower | Nov 11, 2009 |
inspirational, yes...but not what I was looking for. All of the runners featured had innate athletic ability, I wanted to hear stories about the slugs like myself who were able to rise out of slugdom to become an athlete! ( )
  sherdenise | Aug 1, 2009 |
This is a book of inspirational stories about women running together, women running for recovery, women running for themselves. From personal goals of fighting cancer to group goals of running as a centipede in a marathon, every story comes together with humor and poignancy. There is the woman running to celebrate health and the one who runs to honor loss. Every woman has a reason for running and this book illustrates that point. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Feb 12, 2008 |
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More than 11 million women run regularly, a number that's growing every year. They tend to be educated and affluent-the perfect audience for Sole Sisters. Half of all runners are women, and they are changing the face of the sport. It's a social outlet, a healthful way to improve mental well-being, and an opportunity to form bonds with like-minded women. Sole Sisters: Stories of Women and Running is a gripping collection of stories that captures the inspirational heart of the women's running. Authors Jennifer Lin and Susan Warner have interviewed women of all ages from all walks of life and all parts of the country. All of their subjects have one thing in common: Running has transformed them. There are both heartrending stories of grief and survival and lighthearted tales of friendship. Among them are: * Sisters who competed in a 5K race to honor a sister who survived breast cancer. * A 9/11 widow who ran her first marathon to honor the memory of her husband. * A 65-year-old woman who overcame obesity and alcoholism to finish the grueling Ironman triathlon. * An unknown runner from Norway named Grete Waitz who decided to run a marathon-and changed the face of the sport. Sole Sisters: Stories of Women and Running is not just for women who run. It appeals to all women who know what it means to have the support of others who share their trials and triumphs. Sole Sisters: Stories of Women and Running is sometimes touching, sometimes funny, and always inspiring. 

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