Six new titles will be hitting bookstores in coming weeks.
There have been many great books written about the Boston Marathon through the years, including “Boston Marathon” (Tom Derderian), “Young at Heart: The Story of Johnny Kelley, Boston’s Marathon Man” (Frederick Lewis), ”The Boston Marathon: A Century of Blood, Sweat, and Cheers” (Bill Rodgers foreword) and “Boston Marathon: The Legendary Course Guide” (Raymond Britt). Six new books about the Boston Marathon will be hitting bookstores in the coming weeks, three of which focus primarily on the tragic events of last year’s race. To some extent, what happened at last year’s Boston Marathon is probably left in the past. But from another point of view, it’s part of history now and reading about it can help bring greater appreciation for the victims and first responders and, perhaps, also start to bring closure. Scroll through to read brief overviews of each of the six new books.
"4:09:43: Boston Through The Eyes of the Runners"
Prolific running writer and veteran coach Hal Higdon’s “4:09:43: Boston Through The Eyes of Runners” ($15, Human Kinetics) relives the drama of race weekend from start to finish. Through a range of candid interviews and social media posts he smartly curated in the days and weeks after the event, Higdon tells stories of the entire marathon weekend. The 148-page paperback comes to life with the intricate runner-oriented details he provides in every chapter, but it also transcends the mere running race and gives insight into human behavior in volatile times.
"If Not For The Perfect Stranger: Heartwarming And Healing Stories Of Kindness From The 2013 Boston Marathon"
In "If Not For The Perfect Stranger" ($15, Bantry Bay Books), Diane Montiel and Steve Alexander compiled an amazing collection of more than 40 personal stories and thoughtful essays from runners, first-responders, victims, journalists and race officials. It has 300 pages worth of heroic efforts and moments of grace as human compassion unfolded in an instant on Boylston Street in the moments after the bombs exploded and in the long hours and days that followed. If you were in Boston last year or plan to be this year, it's definitely worth a read. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the three charities: One Fund Boston, Challenged Athletes Foundation and the L.C.C. Comfort Dogs.
"Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, The City's Courageous Recovery, and The Epic Hunt For Justice"
In "Long Mile Home" ($28, Dutton) Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell tell the full story behind last year's terrorist bombing incidents through the eyes of five principal characters. This 340-page hardback book is a gripping page-turner with all the suspense and intrigue of a crime novel, only the stories are unfortunately true.
"Running Away: A Memoir"
Robert Andrew Powell was having what most of us would call a mid-life crisis when he set about to change his life. At 39, while he was struggling to overcome a divorce and stay financially afloat, he decided to follow the footsteps of his father, who, at 39, gave up the life of an overweight smoker to qualify for and run the Boston Marathon. In "Running Away" ($24, Amazon Publishing/New Harvest), Powell explains how he moved to Boulder, Colo., joined a running club, mingled with running legends and spent a year trying to qualify for Boston. This 272-page hardcover book is a candid and very honest behind-the-scenes look at all he endured, one that relates to just about any age-group runner.
"Boston Marathon History By The Mile"
In "Boston Marathon History By The Mile" ($17, The History Press), Paul Clerici delves deep into the details of the Boston Marathon course, offering up historical anecdotes, interesting facts and new spins on some of the well-known aspects in this 140-page paperback. A runner, race director and journalist in the Boston area, Clerici also wrote "History of the Greater Boston Track Club."
"26.2 Miles to Boston: A Journey Into The Heart Of The Boston Marathon"
In this revised, 296-page paperback version of "26.2 Miles to Boston" ($19, Lyons Press), author Michael Connelly provides the glorious details about what it's like to run from Hopkinton to Boston on Patriots' Day. He offers up the sights, sounds, and traditions from every mile of the course from a runner's point of view. It has been updated to include the events surrounding last year's Boston Marathon.