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Book review: 'Tales from Another Mother Runner' shares stories of mothers who run
"Tales from Another Mother Runner" is a collection of essays edited by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea and includes an essay from Park City-based Marit Fischer. - photo by Arianne Brown
"TALES FROM ANOTHER MOTHER RUNNER: Triumphs, Trials, Tips, and Tricks from the Road," edited by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea, Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99, 240 pages (nf)

Authors Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea are at it again, combining their efforts for a third installment of their Mother Runner book series, titled Tales from Another Mother Runner: Triumphs, Trials, Tips, and Tricks from the Road. This time, the two have invited other mother runners along to share their stories.

In the book, they introduce 22 women with various backgrounds, life experiences and degrees of running expertise. The women all have a background in writing; each is a previously published columnist, author or journalist.

Every chapter brings fresh perspectives and new voices that cater to a variety of mothers and runners alike. The format of the book helps keep readers hooked as they continue to find that the next page brings something new and unexpected.

There are stories from women who overcame physical injuries and triumphed over depression and personal tragedy to reach goals they never thought possible, including qualifying for the Boston Marathon or completing an ultramarathon.

And while each of these stories finds a commonality in the sport of running, each also brings a human aspect that can be appreciated by any mother runner or not.

At the conclusion of each chapter, McDowell and Shea included quotes from many of their Mother Runner fans. These tidbits are anywhere from inspirational to informative to funny often bordering what some may call too much information.

The wit and nothing-is-off-limits attitude of the stories set this book apart from many others. These stories come straight from the often unfiltered minds of some of the greatest writer-runners out there.

At 219 pages, this book is a quick and enjoyable read.

Some colorful language and mature themes are present in the book.