In a way, all swimming stories are attempts to reacquaint our land-adapted selves with water. Why We Swim asks what's behind the human relationship to swimming. Our evolutionary ancestors swam for survival; now in the 21st century we swim in freezing Arctic waters, wide straits and channels, and piranha-infested rivers just because they are there. Swimming is an introspective (and silent) sport in a chaotic age; it's therapeutic for those who are injured, and it's an adventurous way to get from point A to point B. It's also one route to that elusive, ecstatic state of Flow. Propelled by stories of polar swim champions, a Baghdad swim club, the winningest Olympians, modern-day samurai swimmers, even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survived a six-hour swim in the wintry Atlantic, the narrative takes us around the globe as Bonnie pursues swim culture and swimmers both living, recently living, and long gone.
This title is available in both eBook and Audiobook formats on Overdrive. It is also available in eBook and Audiobook formats on Hoopla. You may also pick up a hard copy at the library beginning December 17.
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