"The main shift, and it comes about gradually, is realizing that you really will die ... It's not a joke. You really have to die. Even though you think you know it already, you don't know it until you feel it around the corner."
- Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
- Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Top 10 books about swimming | Books | The Guardian
This nonfiction book chronicles one man’s quest to complete the Ocean’s Seven, in which a swimmer must cross: the Channel, the Cook Strait, the north Channel (from Ireland to Scotland), the Strait of Gibraltar, the Molokai Strait, the Catalina Channel and the Tsugaru Strait. Only a handful of people have completed all seven swims. It’s a retelling of an adventure that’s difficult to put into words precisely because so few people have done it.
Swimming and reading have a lot in common:
both are solitary pursuits, escapes into different worlds and
different kinds of freedom.
Swim – Why We Love the Water by Lynn Sherr
This book takes a historical perspective on how swimming has changed over the millennia. One passage about Trudie Elder, the first woman to swim the Channel, stands out: “‘To me the sea is like a person – like a child that I’ve known a long time,’ she said 30 years after her Channel swim. ‘It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I’m out there.’”