"Lynn Sherr's book, SWIM, will help water be your friend and it will be the best friend you'll ever have. I'm proud to be a part of that."Lynne Cox, open-water champion; author, "Swimming to Antarctica""I couldn't put this book down. It's a swimming party, with glamorous stars, ancient warriors and lovers, and some of the greatest and wildest swimmers. It's a story full of zen and exuberant energy and merriment. If you love to swim, you'll love SWIM!" "Kirkus Reviews
""A collection of swimming traditions and anecdotes wrapped in a celebration of the pleasures involved.... Her enthusiasm propels the book forward. That enthusiasm bleeds over into her history of swimming, which has a gratifyingly great sweep. From start to finish, she searches for the essence of why swimming has touched so many, be it Oliver Sacks ('I never knew anything so powerfully, so healthily euphoriant') or Chairman Mao ('Do you swim? Water is a good thing'). Sherr sends a sweet valentine, with enough background to keep it interesting, to a love that has never let her down.""" "Wall Street Journal""What is there to say about such a solitary and inward experience? Plenty, as it turns out. In "Swim: Why We Love the Water," Lynn Sherr... pulls us into the subject ... and interweaves it within her version of a quest romance: Can this 60-something grandmother achieve her goal and swim the Hellespont--the legendary strait that runs between the Aegean Sea and Turkey's interior? ... Ms. Sherr writes personably and moves her reader through her narrative at a pleasing pace ... What Ms. Sherr does best is describe the pleasures of the water, of finding yourself while losing yourself, giving yourself up to the supporting medium. ... and every chapter of the book builds her personal narrative while placing it in the context of often fascinating mini-treatises on subjects that reach beyond the water. ... She writes interestingly about women and bathing suits (Diana Vreeland pronounce
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.