Randall J: Patient 71.  Sydney: Hachette Australia, June 2017.  

This is a gripping tale of a woman who shortly after celebrating her 50th birthday discovers she has Stage IV metastatic melanoma.  She is told to get her affairs in order given that her condition is terminal.  Her search for a cure takes her to Portland, Oregon where she convinces the team conducting a phase one trial of an experimental drug to accept her as the 71st patient of the planned 70 patient study sample.  Julie gives a raw first person account of the physical and emotional toll exacted upon a person and their family seeking to find a cure and to return to a "normal" life.


Orton, E: The Cool Impossible.  New York, New York: Penguin Group, May 2013.

The author weaves a tale of a week long training session such as the one he did with Christopher McDougall in preparation for running a 50 mile race among the legendary Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's Copper Canyon.  His insights into the mechanics and the zen of running whether as a recreational or elite athlete will delight anyone who aspires to move more efficiently and more enjoyably on the road and in daily life.

McDougall, C: Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.  New York, New York: Alfred A Knopf Books, May 2009.

This is a spellbinding journey into the world of the Tarahumara Indians, and how their culture,  spirituality, and diet  contribute to their legendary prowess as long distance runners.  McDougall takes us inside the psyche of a group of American ultra runners and their experience in joining the best of the Tarahumara in an epic 50 mile foot race in Mexico's Copper Canyon.  The author also supports the belief that running is a species-specific trait and, if taken full advantage of, can become a powerful source of joy.