Oregon Running Legend Steve Prefontaine
By Paul Clerici, The History Press, 144 pages.
A review by Don McLean
Yes, another Pre opus, and a good one. The book offers details about Prefontaine we devotees never knew. Excellent forwards are included by Bill Dellinger and Pat Tyson, Pre’s trailer roomie and UO teammate. Now 48 years since Pre’s demise, Eugene, Coos Bay, and its sister city, Choshi, Japan have updated and enhanced memorials to Pre. Because Pre was so bold, successful, and compelling, and because his early death was so reckless and sad, we grieve for him still.
Books read in July. Five favorites with astericks.
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh*
Lamentations Of The Father by Ian Frazier
Strong by Kara Goucher
Oregon Running Legend Steve Prefontaine by Paul C. Clerici
A Walk Toward Oregon by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.
Quite Enough Of Calvin Trillin by Calvin Trillin
The Gift Of Anger: And Other Lessons From My Grandfather by Arun Gandhi*
Messages From My Father by Calvin Trillin
Run To Overcome by Meb Keflezighi*
The Legends of the American Desert by Alex Shoumatoff
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy*
The Girls Who Stepped Out Of Line by General Mari K. Eder (Retired)
Recitatif by Toni Morrison
High Performance Training for Track and Field by William J. Bowerman
To Hell On A Fast Horse by Mark Lee Gardner
Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion
Meb For Mortals by Meb Keflezighi
Running is Flying by Paul E. Richardson
Riverman: An American Odyssey by Ben McGrath
Christopher Hitchens: The Last Interview and Other Conversations*
A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird