McLarty, Ron The Memory of Running

ISBN 13: 9780143036685

The Memory of Running

3.75 avg rating
( 9,316 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780143036685: The Memory of Running

Smithson Ide's life so far has led him nowhere. He's 43 years old, weighs 279 pounds, and keeps himself numb with food and alcohol. His only emotional ties are to his parents and to the memory of his older sister, Bethany, who has been missing for 20 years. Then his parents die in a car crash and he learns of Bethany's death in LA County. Suddenly there isn't enough beer in the world to keep Smithy from his feelings.

Drunk and bereft, he takes his old Raleigh bicycle and starts cycling. Once he starts, he can't stop and then he's riding across America to recover his sister. Along the way he meets all sorts of people who help or hinder him. He hears the confession of a priest, he rescues a boy from a snow storm, he has a gun pointed in his face, he's hit by a truck and helps a man dying of AIDS.

Smithy's ride is an extraordinary quest, to rediscover the past and memories of Bethany, but it's also his journey back to life.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

An emotional and heartwarming read ( Sunday Express)

An enjoyable, undemanding read . . . there is plenty of wit here ( GUARDIAN)

Riders who hop onto the back of Smithy Ide's bike and ride America with him will cherish the journey. I loved this sad, funny, life-affirming novel ( Wally Lamb)

Book Description:

A debut novel that comes out of left field; intelligent, original and wonderfully offbeat. This book was the subject of a massive auction in the US, and film rights have now been sold for over 1 million dollars.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

McLarty, Ron
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0143036688 ISBN 13: 9780143036685
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Your Online Bookstore
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0143036688. Bookseller Inventory # HGT1011IVLM080316H0071A

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
1.11
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.41
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

McLarty, Ron
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0143036688 ISBN 13: 9780143036685
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Orion Tech
(Grand Prairie, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0143036688 . Bookseller Inventory # HGT2196ABBR100316H0617P

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
1.11
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.41
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

McLarty, Ron
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0143036688 ISBN 13: 9780143036685
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 2
Seller
GIANTBOOKSALE
(HAUPPAUGE, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0143036688 Great book !! Established seller with great ratings! A+ Customer Service! Orders ship from the USA!. Bookseller Inventory # Z0143036688ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
1.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.85
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

McLarty, Ron
Published by Penguin Books (2005)
ISBN 10: 0143036688 ISBN 13: 9780143036685
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0143036688

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
5.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.25
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

McLarty, Ron
Published by Penguin Books (2005)
ISBN 10: 0143036688 ISBN 13: 9780143036685
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, 2005. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: McLarty pens the story of Smithson Ide, a 43-year-old, 279-pound supervisor at a GI Joe factory, who begins a cross-country journey on his old Raleigh bicycle to retrieve the body of his beautiful, mentally disturbed sister. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0143036688

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

McLarty, Ron
ISBN 10: 0143036688 ISBN 13: 9780143036685
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97801430366850000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.56
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

McLarty, Ron
Published by Penguin Random House
ISBN 10: 0143036688 ISBN 13: 9780143036685
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Random House. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0143036688

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.86
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

McLarty, Ron
Published by Penguin Books, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 0143036688 ISBN 13: 9780143036685
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, United States, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 211 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Every decade seems to produce a novel that captures the public s imagination with a story that sweeps readers up and takes them on a thrilling, unforgettable ride. Ron McLarty s The Memory of Running is this decade s novel. By all accounts, especially his own, Smithson Smithy Ide is a loser. An overweight, friendless, chain-smoking, forty-three-year-old drunk, Smithy s life becomes completely unhinged when he loses his parents and long-lost sister within the span of one week. Rolling down the driveway of his parents house in Rhode Island on his old Raleigh bicycle to escape his grief, the emotionally bereft Smithy embarks on an epic, hilarious, luminous, and extraordinary journey of discovery and redemption. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780143036685

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

McLarty, Ron
Published by Penguin Books, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 0143036688 ISBN 13: 9780143036685
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, United States, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 211 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Every decade seems to produce a novel that captures the public s imagination with a story that sweeps readers up and takes them on a thrilling, unforgettable ride. Ron McLarty s The Memory of Running is this decade s novel. By all accounts, especially his own, Smithson Smithy Ide is a loser. An overweight, friendless, chain-smoking, forty-three-year-old drunk, Smithy s life becomes completely unhinged when he loses his parents and long-lost sister within the span of one week. Rolling down the driveway of his parents house in Rhode Island on his old Raleigh bicycle to escape his grief, the emotionally bereft Smithy embarks on an epic, hilarious, luminous, and extraordinary journey of discovery and redemption. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780143036685

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.83
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

McLarty, Ron
Published by PENGUIN GROUP (2005)
ISBN 10: 0143036688 ISBN 13: 9780143036685
New Quantity Available: 14
Seller
PBShop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description PENGUIN GROUP, 2005. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780143036685

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.25
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book