Why We Swim

I was enchanted by this book." —Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks An immersive, unforgettable, and eye-opening perspective on swimming—and on human behavior itself.

Why We Swim

Why We Swim

A Time Magazine Must-Read Book of 2020 A Best Book of the Season: BuzzFeed * Bustle * San Francisco Chronicle A Best Book of the Year: NPR's Book Concierge * Washington Independent Review of Books “A fascinating and beautifully written love letter to water. I was enchanted by this book." —Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks An immersive, unforgettable, and eye-opening perspective on swimming—and on human behavior itself. We swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha-infested rivers to test our limits. We swim for pleasure, for exercise, for healing. But humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. We must be taught. Our evolutionary ancestors learned for survival; now, in the twenty-first century, swimming is one of the most popular activities in the world. Why We Swim is propelled by stories of Olympic champions, a Baghdad swim club that meets in Saddam Hussein’s palace pool, modern-day Japanese samurai swimmers, and even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survives a wintry six-hour swim after a shipwreck. New York Times contributor Bonnie Tsui, a swimmer herself, dives into the deep, from the San Francisco Bay to the South China Sea, investigating what it is about water that seduces us, despite its dangers, and why we come back to it again and again.

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Why We Swim
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Bonnie Tsui
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-04-14 - Publisher: Algonquin Books

A Time Magazine Must-Read Book of 2020 A Best Book of the Season: BuzzFeed * Bustle * San Francisco Chronicle A Best Book of the Year: NPR's Book Concierge * Washington Independent Review of Books “A fascinating and beautifully written love letter to water. I was enchanted by this book."
Where We Swim
Language: en
Pages: 222
Authors: Ingrid Horrocks
Categories: Swimmers
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021 - Publisher:

"Part memoir, part travel and nature writing, this book is about being a daughter, sister, partner, mother and above all a human animal among other animals"--Back cover.
Where We Swim
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Ingrid Horrocks
Categories: Swimmers
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-07-02 - Publisher:

The question didn't seem to be so much why we swim, as where and how we swim, and with whom. Also, where we fail to swim, water threatening to flood our lungs or the lungs of others, as well as where we rise and float.Ingrid Horrocks had few aspirations to
Swim
Language: en
Pages: 232
Authors: Lynn Sherr
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-04-03 - Publisher: PublicAffairs

Swim is a celebration of swimming and the effect it has on our lives. It’s an inquiry into why we swim—the lure, the hold, the timeless magic of being in the water. It’s a look at how swimming has changed over the millennia, how this ancient activity is becoming more
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
Language: en
Pages: 432
Authors: George Saunders
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-01-12 - Publisher: Random House

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the Booker Prize–winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December comes a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today. “One of the most accurate and beautiful depictions of

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