Why We Swim

Author(s): Bonnie Tsui

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A Best Book of the Season: BuzzFeed * Bustle San Francisco Chronicle

"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 about water--despite its dangers--seduces us and why we come back to it again and again.
 

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781846046599
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Rider
  • : 0.287
  • : April 2020
  • : 2.1 Centimeters X 13.5 Centimeters X 21.6 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bonnie Tsui
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 797.21
  • : 288