Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway!

Image from www.jennifergraham.com
Honey Do You Need a Ride, Confessions of a Fat Runner is Jennifer Graham's hysterical, heartbreaking, honest,and inspirational memoir about life and running.

I have a confession, the first thing I did was look at the photo in the back of the book to see how chubby Jennifer really was (Truth:  I pulled a catty woman move and I wanted to see if she was bigger than me).  What I saw was a pretty woman who looked like she had a nice figure. I was a little miffed as a chubby chick that she didn't look like a "fat" runner.  How could this woman write about being "fat"?  As I read more about her life, she does/did struggle with her weight and she does know what it is like to be in a much bigger body.  In fact she disclosed that she has been in a range of sizes up to size 20.  She's been there.

Jennifer is not fat in terms of what society would define as fat.  In fact, I think she looks fabulous and healthy (and a lot smaller than I am).  But to the running community she is an Athena....aka a more "robust runner".   She is not a person that you would immediately pick out as a runner.  I know from experience people treat you differently when you don't look like "real runner".  Her stories made me laugh and nod with agreement.  

Jennifer and her Donkeys
To say I LOVED this book was an understatement. I folded the corners of pages where I could directly relate to something she wrote and by the time I finished the book it looked like ALL the pages were folded. I think I have found my chubby runner kindred spirit!! 
  • Gaining two pounds after running a half marathon? Yes!
  • She has Pre and George Sheehan.  I have Hal Higdon.
  • She has real donkeys and my pet name for the kids is the Serbian word for Donkey. (It is sweet term in our house)
  • A stranger pulled up and asked if she needed a ride.  A stranger stopped and told me they were proud of me while I was out running. (hmmmm....good intentions).
I felt like I could sit down and have a glass of wine and share crazy running stories with her.
It is hard for me to pick out a favorite part of this book.  I think what I loved the most was that she gave a voice to the runners that are the mid and back-of-the -packers.  I am in this group.  It is a common misconception that slower runners and ones that have a bit more girth, lower the bar for the running community.  I know from my own blood, sweat, and tears this could not be further from the truth.  Jennifer Graham is the same way....she is every bit as determined and bad ass as any front of the pack, "shirtless wonder".  The Cinderella moment that made me cheer out loud was when she came in "70th" in her age group...a true middle of the pack moment.  One that I hope to achieve one day myself. 

The short review....this book is hysterical, inspirational, but as real as it gets.  It is a must read for anyone that has never felt like they have fit the mold of a "real" runner.....oh hell...it is a must read for EVERY runner! 

Interested in reading it? 

Now here is your chance.  I am excited to be able to giveaway a copy of Jennifer Graham's book. I will select from the comments randomly next week.

Thank you to Emily Hedges for making me a stop on this virtual book tour.

25 comments:

Losing Lindy said...

Wow! She doesn't look heavy at all!

I think so much has changed with people now, no one would stop and ask someone if they needed a ride, because they might be murder, rapists, etc.

Lisa said...

Sounds like a good book, but I agree, she doesn't look like she should call herself a fat anything.

Scarbucks said...

It's great that someone is writing about running from her position... Being a fat runner is tough and our voice should be out there to be taken more seriously.

becomingmegsie said...

Sounds like a great book! I have also had strangers "good for you!" me as I was dying. Good intentions.

Ironmom (Julie) said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jennifer Graham said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Jennifer Graham said...

Hey everybody -- first, while people have called me brave for writing this book, I am actually a major-league, quivering coward, and so of course picked out the most flattering picture I could find for the book jacket! Also, I have gained 10 pounds since that picture was taken last spring. It was not deliberate. They kind of sneaked up on me, just like Christmas does every December 24. (Hey, who keeps changing the date?) So trust me, my fat credentials are sound, even if dumb vanity keeps me from taking a new photograph. (Because, you know, I'm going to lose this weight ANY OL' DAY now!) Carly, thank you so much for this super review.... I am very happy to be part of your tribe! Jennifer

Al's CL Reviews said...

I've been asked if I needed a ride.
And the title of my blog came from the fact one of my friends didn't believe I ran.

Sounds like a great book.

Pick me!

Carolina John said...

how cool! That sounds like a great, funny read. I love those kinds of stories. Send it on!

runsher said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
runsher said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
runsher said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
runsher said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
runsher said...

The cookie on the cover of the book is very appropriate. The covers of running magazines have the the typical cookie cutter runner on the front cover. It sends the wrong message about running. When I go to a race, I see women of all shapes and sizes and it's beautiful.

Katy P said...

I would love to read this book. Great giveaway!

Marlene said...

I would love a chance to read this book. Based on your review I probably will read it, win or not!

Jessica said...

This book sounds so fun! And I am SURE I could relate ;)

Shrinking Mommy of 2 said...

It looks/sounds like a good book! I would love to read it. I know I am/was/are a fat runner :-)

mrstickle73 said...

Sounds like a great book. Can you get it for my kindle?

Paul

Teresa DeMers said...

I would LOVE to read this book!!

Stacey said...

What a fun book! I am only about 10 lbs overweight but am the heaviest women in my running group and always very conscious of it, would love to read this book.

amydavis121 said...

Looks like an awesome book, love the cover :)

Amy
http://revitolporeminimizerwarning.com/

mizzzippy73 said...

Never heard of this but will give it a shot if I see it. Thanks hun.

Sammy

mrstickle73 said...

She calls herself fat - what is that all about ha ha

Sammy

rona mendoza said...

What a nice book !! thanks for sharing this to us !! ..

Enhance your weight loss through fat burners and diet supplements and get a chance to win $100 of your choice. Check out our site that provides tons of sensible information.
http://www.ultimatefatburner.com