THE TERRIBLE AND WONDERFUL REASONS WHY I RUN LONG DISTANCES -- a short, laugh-out-loud graphic book about the promises and perils of exercise
The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal (Matthew Inman) (2014, Andrews McMeel Publishing; 148 pages)
Some of you may have heard of the comic called The Oatmeal. If you've ever read any of those comics, then you've already read something by Matthew Inman, the author of a new graphic essay--of sorts--called "The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances." I'm a fan of The Oatmeal, and so settled in easily to Inman's sometimes gross drawings and humor, but if you've never read The Oatmeal, his drawings at first might seem crude and, well, a bit disgusting. Beneath this particular sense of humor, however, is an insightful and at times even poignant tale about Inman's journey to becoming an ultramarathoner. Inman certainly is an advocate for running, so if you like to run or are interested in running, his book will also serve as an encouragement to give running a try. What I find most delightful about his book, however, is that Inman finds humor in the many absurdities of what it is to be human, and I find his book a pretty entertaining way to be confronted with, well, the absurdity of being human.
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Recommended by: Brooke