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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.
Not just for swimmers
I was drawn to this as a summer swimmer until age 13 or so. But it is about so much more than swimming. I think anyone strongly committed to something, for an extended period of time, can relate to this book. We can all relate to trying to reconcile part of our past into our present, plus determine what life lessons can be taken from those past dedications. I don't remember where I heard about this book - maybe Newsweek or Self magazines? Anyway, so glad I did!
- Category: Biographies & Memoirs
- Published: Jul 05, 2012
- Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
- Seller: PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
- Print Length: 336 Pages
- Language: English