The Joy of Swimming: A Celebration of Our Love for Getting in the Water

Author(s): Lisa Congdon


In this enchanting volume, beloved artist Lisa Congdon invites readers to take a delightful dip into the joy of swimming. Every page is filled with beautiful and thoughtful celebrations of getting in the water, and what makes it so cherished, meditative, and energising: from watercolour portraits paired with personal stories of how swimming has affected real people's lives, to illustrated inspirational quotes, to collections of vintage ephemera and objects--colourful swim caps, bathing suits through the ages, traditional pool signs, and more--all interspersed with the inviting, clear blue waters of oceans, lakes, and swimming pools. A preface from record-breaking long-distance swimmer and bestselling author Lynne Cox offers an appreciation of Congdon's artwork from a swimmer's point of view.With an emphasis on swimming as a way of life--diving in, going with the flow--this beautiful volume will speak to serious swimmers, vacation paddlers, and anyone pondering the high dive./p.


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Lynne Cox has broken record after record in long-distance swimming. As a teenager she twice crossed the English Channel in record time, and in 1987 she caught the world's attention for her swim across the Bering Strait--a more-than-two-hour-long journey through freezing waters. She has relayed her inspiring stories in several books, among them the New York Times bestsellers Swimming to Antarctica and Grayson. Lisa Congdon's varied art practice includes hand lettering, painting, drawing, and pattern design. A lifelong competitive swimmer, she has found a unique connection between art making and swimming in her daily life. Her other books include Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, Art, Inc., and Fortune Favors the Brave, also from Chronicle Books. She lives in Portland, Oregon. You can see more of her work at

General Fields

  • : 9781452144139
  • : Chronicle Books
  • : Chronicle Books
  • : April 2016
  • : 203mm X 152mm X 13mm
  • : United States
  • : May 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lisa Congdon
  • : Paperback
  • : Lisa Congdon
  • : 797.21
  • : 144
  • : full-colour illustrations throughout, die-cut cover, flaps