Swim

Swim

Why We Love the Water

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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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 social than solitary today. It's about our relationship with the water, with our fishy forebearers, and with the costumes that we wear. You'll even find a few songs to sing when you push out those nextlaps.

Swimming enthusiast Lynn Sherr explores every aspect of the sport, from the biology of swimming to the fame of Esther Williams; from turquoise pools and wild water to the training of Olympians; and she reveals the secret of buoyancy so that anyone can avoid the example of the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who lamented, "Why can't I swim, it seems so very easy?" When his friend, the biographer Edward John Trelawny, said, "because you think you can't," Shelley plunged into Italy's Arno River and dropped like a rock. With Swim , you can avoid that happening to you.

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781610390460
1610390466
Branch Call Number: 797.2101 SHERR
Characteristics: 212 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.

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wilberton Jun 01, 2012

Lovely read on the history and joys of swimming. The curiosity and passion of the author carries this book far. The illustrations are awesome. I just loved this book and thought it was the perfect first book of summer.

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