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Get Ready for Marathon Monday!

This year's Boston Marathon is April 17th! Here are some books to get you ready for the race, whether you're planning to compete, cheer on a friend, or just stay at home on the couch reading more about the race's storied history. Run on down to the library and check them out! We even have some of them available as audiobooks so you can listen while you run! (Or while you drive or take public transportation...whatever works for you is fine with us.)

 

 

 a century of blood, sweat, and cheers by Tom Derderian
The Boston Marathon : a century of blood, sweat, and cheers by Tom Derderian

A bird's-eye view of the century-old race draws on the views of the runners and onlookers alike as the Boston Marathon is taken from its founding race in 1897 to today's world renowned, exhilarating event, accompanied by keynotes and accompanying anecdotes dedicated to record breakers and women in the race.

 the Boston marathon experience from Hopkinton to Copley Square by Michael Connelly
26 miles to Boston : the Boston marathon experience from Hopkinton to Copley Square by Michael Connelly

 

26 MILES TO BOSTON slips squarely into the running shoes and minds of the athletes as they traverse the 26-mile, 385-yard course of America's most venerated long-distance race. From suburban Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to the center of metropolitan Boston, here are the mile-by-mile sights and sounds experienced by the runners. Interwoven throughout is the colorful history of the men and women of manifold skills who have competed in this preeminent event over the span of more than a century.
 
 a century of running by Hal Higdon.
Boston : a century of running by Hal Higdon.

 

Celebrates the one-hundredth anniversary of the prestigious race with behind-the-scenes accounts from the people involved, never-before-published photographs from every decade, an original course map, and much more.
 Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America's greatest marathon by John Brant
Duel in the sun : Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America's greatest marathon by John Brant

 

An account of the 1982 Boston Marathon traces the dramatic competition between its top two contenders, discussing how Salazar's and Beardsley's triumphs gave way to their respective battles with depression and painkiller addiction.

 the Boston Marathon race director's road to success by David J. McGillivray with Linda Glass Fechter
The last pick : the Boston Marathon race director's road to success by David J. McGillivray with Linda Glass Fechter

 

A Boston Marathon race director recounts the story of his life, explaining how perceptions about his smaller stature motivated his interest in marathon running, describing his celebrated cross-country run to raise money for cancer research, and sharing inspirational advice about how to pursue one's dreams.
 my story of faith, determination, and surviving the Boston Marathon bombing by Rebekah Gregory, with Anthony Flacco.
Taking my life back : my story of faith, determination, and surviving the Boston Marathon bombing by Rebekah Gregory, with Anthony Flacco.

 

A spectator at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who suffered the loss of her leg and incurred other debilitating injuries while protecting her son explores how her lengthy journey to recovery has compelled her to explore her faith in unique ways and advanced her resolve to live a meaningful life. 

 friendship, strength, and recovery after Boston's worst day by Roseann Sdoia.
Perfect strangers : friendship, strength, and recovery after Boston's worst day by Roseann Sdoia.

 

A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing describes how the explosion that amputated her foot actually led to unexpectedly beautiful moments in her life as she maintained friendships with those who came to her aid.
Stronger by Jeff Bauman, with Bret Witter.
Stronger by Jeff Bauman, with Bret Witter.

 

A survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, who helped to set off one of the biggest manhunts in the country's history, discusses his experiences that day and his ongoing mission to walk again after losing both legs.
 a Green Beret's story of extraordinary courage by Ivan Castro and Jim DeFelice.

Fighting blind : a Green Beret's story of extraordinary courage by Ivan Castro and Jim DeFelice.

 

Documents the story of a Green Beret sniper, who, after being blinded by mortar fire while serving in Iraq, fought through despair to eventually train as a marathon runner that was present at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
 a 7-year journey to overcome mental barriers and qualify for the Boston Marathon by Elizabeth Clor.
Boston bound : a 7-year journey to overcome mental barriers and qualify for the Boston Marathon by Elizabeth Clor.

 

Elizabeth Clor wanted nothing more than to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon. Dead set on achieving this goal, she found herself bound up in a vicious cycle of perfectionism and anxiety that thwarted her at every turn, despite making significant gains in her physical abilities over seven years. Boston Bound is the story of how Elizabeth discovered that her own brain was the culprit, and explains the steps she took to completely overhaul her mindset about her running and her life.