Why We Swim

Bonnie Tsui (Author)
Pre-Order   Ships Apr 13, 2021

Description

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 LacksAn 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.

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Algonquin Books
Publish Date
April 13, 2021
Pages
288
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781643751375

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About the Author

Bonnie Tsui is a children's author who has written for the New York Times, California Sunday, the Atlantic, and more. She lives in the Bay Area.