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The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal

September 30, 2014

IScreen shot 2014-09-30 at 4.17.54 PMt’s been a whirlwind year for Matt Inman, #1 New York Times bestselling author and the mastermind behind The Oatmeal—one of the internet’s most beloved comics. In May, Tesla CEO Elon Musk agreed to donate $1 million toward the completion of a Nikola Tesla museum, a project Inman’s been working on since 2012. Then, in June, he was awarded the Eisner Award for “Best Digital/Webcomic” at San Diego Comic Con. Today, Andrews McMeel published his latest book: The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances.

“This is not just a book about running,” Inman writes. “It’s a book about cupcakes. It’s a book about suffering. It’s a book about gluttony, vanity, bliss, electrical storms, ranch dressing, and Godzilla. It’s a book about all the terrible and wonderful reasons we wake up each day and propel our bodies through rain, shine, heaven, and hell.” Runners will love his hilarious observations about the world of marathons—an early excerpt from the book was published in June by Runner’s World Magazine. But these insightful comics are meant for a much larger audience: The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons is sure to resonate with anyone who’s ever done anything borderline insane, and then tried to explain why on earth they did it. The book features over 100 pages of new comics. It also features stickers.

Already, The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances is a Barnes & Noble in-store bestseller and has been selected as an Amazon “Best Books of the Month” pick. Not only will the author kick off his book tour tomorrow, but he’ll also be hosting the Beat the Blerch marathon series, where you, too, can be chased around by a fat little cherub while you run long distances.

Praise for The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

“The hilarious and the profound are often only inches apart, and Inman consistently nails the space between them.” – Kirkus Reviews

“There’s a thrill that comes from simply being physically active. Even if you don’t intend to aim for perfect looks or health – the process of running brings countless rewards. And Inman beautifully expresses quite a few with his geek chic humor in this short volume.” — Michael Walsh, NY Daily News 

“The perfect book for anyone who’s ever felt torn between eating cake and running in a big sweaty circle.” – Ryan North, Eisner Award winning author of Adventure Time Comics and Dinosaur Comics

“He runs. He sweats. He heaves. He hates it. He loves it. He runs so hard his toenails fall off. He asks himself, why? Why do I do this? Here, gorgeously, bravely, hilariously, is Matt’s deeply honest answer.” – Robert Krulwich, NPR

Grab your copy of The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, our your local indie bookstore.

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