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    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall - (K) Humorous and thorough history and science behind ultrarunners and long-distance running
    *****
    Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela - (K) An autobiography covering his childhood, years as a freedom fighter and incarceration. Inspiring and informative
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    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - (K&T) A mystery set in Barcelona involving an old book, a failed writer and murder
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    Lush Life by Richard Price - A Lower East Side tale of cops, drugs and drinking
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    The Chinese by Jesper Becker - (K&T) Modern history of my peeps, from the cultural revolution to the many failed economic and social attempts to move the country forward
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    Setting the Table by Danny Meyer - A "how-to" on hospitality and business acumen by the restaurateur behind such NY institutions as the Shake Shack and Union Square Grill
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    The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama - Obama lays out what is wrong with the current government and how, vaguely, to change it.
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New Running Partners

As it turns out, Doree, whom I had been running with, can no longer do morning runs. Luckily, I had several runners respond to my Craigslist and RoadRunner “Looking for running partner” ads, and after my vacation and recovering from a weird bug, I decided it was time to start a little e-mail list and organize some runs.

At 7am today, I met with Holly and Shelley in front of Katz’s Deli (yep, right where they filmed the When Harry Met Sally scene where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm). We did a 4-miler and got to know each other. Both seem very nice and cool. Holly is going to be running a marathon in Rio de Janeiro, and Shelley has a VERY cool little story. She just moved here from London because she got a professorship with DONNA KAREN at the Parson School of Design. How cool is that? I tried not to sound too impressed when she was telling me all of this, but my guess is that I failed miserably.

I’m running with Shelley again on Saturday, and we’ll be joined by another girl, Lily. Should be fun.

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