Swimming Studies

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Penguin, Jul 5, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
Winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award, Autobiography

Swimming Studies is a brilliantly original, meditative memoir that explores the worlds of competitive and recreational swimming. From her training for the Olympic trials as a teenager to enjoying pools and beaches around the world as an adult, Leanne Shapton offers a fascinating glimpse into the private, often solitary, realm of swimming. Her spare and elegant writing reveals an intimate narrative of suburban adolescence, spent underwater in a discipline that continues to inspire Shapton’s work as an artist and author. Her illustrations throughout the book offer an intuitive perspective on the landscapes and imagery of the sport. Shapton’s emphasis is on the smaller moments of athletic pursuit rather than its triumphs. For the accomplished athlete, aspiring amateur, or habitual practicer, this remarkable work of written and visual sketches propels the reader through a beautifully personal and universally appealing exercise in reflection.
 

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I loved this book. I found it captivating. I am a swimmer. I am the mother of a former competitive swimmer (distance). I love swimming in pools, lakes, the ocean, hot springs. I like water, A LOT! Don ... Read full review

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the adjectives 'delightful' and 'charming' and 'pleasant' often seem to trivialize their subject, but this memoir is all of these without being trivial. I found this a very enjoyable book to read. I ... Read full review

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Contents

Water I
1
Quitting
3
Byron
7
Swimming Studies
11
Finals
25
Doughnuts
35
Sweatshirts
43
Laundry
53
Size
137
St Barts
193
Piscine Olympique
199
Coaches
209
Practice
219
Mom
231
Titanic
237
Goggles
247

Fourteen Odors
59
Crown Assets
63
Other Swimmers
73
Studebakers
91
Etobicoke
97
Derek
109
Night Kitchen
121
Training Camp
131
Piña Colada
262
Jaws
265
Vals
275
Bathing
285
Swimming Pools
301
Second Swim
315
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About the author (2012)

Leanne Shapton is an illustrator and author of several books, including Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris. She is also the cofounder of J&L Books, a nonprofit publisher of art and photography books.

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