For this evening, if we had our druthers, we’d render our basement reading space into a swimming pool, all the better to enjoy Bonnie Tsui with her brilliant, wide-ranging book, Why We Swim (Algonquin). The author of a well-received earlier book, American Chinatown, goes another direction here, delightfully so.
“Why We Swim is a gorgeous hybrid of a book. Bonnie Tsui combines fascinating reporting about some of the world's most remarkable swimmers with delightful meditations about what it means for us naked apes to leap in the water for no apparent reason. You won't regret diving in.”—Carl Zimmer.
“The only thing better than reading Bonnie Tsui’s writing about swimming is swimming itself—and both are sublime. Why We Swim is an aquatic tour de force, a captivating story filled with adventure, meditation, and celebration.”—Susan Casey.