Swimming Studies

Swimming Studies

by Leanne Shapton
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Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399158179
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2012
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.82(w) x 8.28(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Leanne Shapton is an illustrator and author of several books, including Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris. She is also the cofounder of J&L Books, a nonprofit publisher of art and photography books.

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Swimming Studies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many aspects of this book conjure thoughts and memories, for swimmers in particular. Excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Swimmers and athletes can particularly relate to her stories and to her bent for art in a singular way. Memory provoking, enjoyable reading.
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