A History of Humans and Swimming; A Nature Book Talk
Tattered Cover welcomes author Bonnie Tsui on Tuesday April 27th at 6pm MT to discuss her book, Why We Swim, which can be purchased below. She will be in conversation with Christopher McDougall.
Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui - CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR COPY
We swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha-infested rivers to test our limits. We swim for pleasure, for exercise, for healing. But humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. We must be taught. Our evolutionary ancestors learned for survival; now, in the twenty-first century, swimming is one of the most popular activities in the world.
Why We Swim is propelled by stories of Olympic champions, a Baghdad swim club that meets in Saddam Hussein’s palace pool, modern-day Japanese samurai swimmers, and even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survives a wintry six-hour swim after a shipwreck. New York Times contributor Bonnie Tsui, a swimmer herself, dives into the deep, from the San Francisco Bay to the South China Sea, investigating what it is about water that seduces us, despite its dangers, and why we come back to it again and again.
Bonnie Tsui lives, swims, and surfs in the Bay Area. A longtime contributor to the New York Times and California Sunday Magazine, she has been the recipient of the Jane Rainie Opel Young Alumna Award from Harvard University, the Lowell Thomas Gold Award, and a National Press Foundation Fellowship. Her last book, American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods, won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and Best of 2009 Notable Bay Area Books selection. Her website is bonnietsui.com.
Christopher McDougall is the author of groundbreaking books on adventure and human performance, including Born to Run and most recently, Running with Sherman. He's a former foreign correspondent who bounced around Europe and Africa before settling down for a stretch in Amish farm country in Pennsylvania.
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