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Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    A kick to read at the beach, but not just there: a great read anywhere!

    This book is a gem. Having little love for sports writing and no interest in swimming, I thought this book was kind of a dud gift when I opened it. Boy, was I wrong! It's many different stories which each shine light on the other: the story of pursuing a dream, the story of the evolution of a sport, the story of living with a handicap, the stories of people who made history, the story of a girl in a man's world, and the story of the cultural and technological sea-changes abounding in the early twentieth century. Each story pulls you in and draws you along.
    From the opening pages of the prologue to the final words of the last chapter, Glenn Stout writes with drama and insight, and he leaves you with a tale well-told and no doubt that this is a tale worth telling.
    This is a book with heart. I'm so glad I picked it up, I so enjoyed reading it, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2010

    Best by far on the subject

    This book is about my grandmother's sister Trudy, my grandmother Margaret, and my family so I have heard a lot about this subject all of my life. But, this book goes way beyond just the story of my Aunt Trudy and outlines the whole evolution of swimming, women's swimming, and English Channel swimming. It turns a little known historical event into a great story even for someone that knows the ending

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