Non-fiction Book Review by BookStore1 Bookseller Roxanne Baker

Arts & Culture

Being a runner half my life gives me great admiration for ultrarunners.  Sure I’ve logged two marathons and fifty-odd half marathons, but never 100 milers.  But J. M. Thompson has, many times over.

Thompson’s memoir wasn’t written with any braggadocio since running was more a life jacket which literally saved his marriage (and probably life) from his destructive drug and alcohol problems and numerous suicide attempts.

What makes Thompson’s tell-all different from your garden variety drug survival book, is twofold.  First, his catalyst to get help were the gaping holes of childhood beyond his memory’s grasp, interesting to both those who can and can’t relate. The answer to this mystery is something I’ll save for you to discover upon reading.  Second, Thomspn’s ability to describe the sensations of runner’s high and the synchronicity felt with nature are both poetic and unique. Thompson’s organizational framework is planetary, weaving in astronomy and Greek mythology to help understand the many slip-ups and stages of his progression.      

This book is perfect for anyone interested in substance abuse recovery or the miracles that years of counseling resilience can reap.  

Running is a Kind of Dreaming: A Memoir (ISBN:  9780062947079) is available now for pre-order at shopsarasotabooks.com, or in-person starting on October 5 at BookStore1, located at 12 S. Palm Ave.  Sarasota.  

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