Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
Over on Bookorithms, the AbeBooks Tumblr, my colleague Richard posted about Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton. In her adolescence, the author was an Olympic-quality swimmer and trained toward the goal of swimming in the games. She was good – very good – and so close she could taste it. But she never made it.
Now an adult and an artist, Shapton finds that having spent so much of her early and developmental years both longing for greatness and moving through water has impacted her thoughts, her inspirations and her perspectives. Swimming Studies explores, wistfully and from the comparative comfort of land – the influence and pull that water, swimming and competing have had on her life.
Beautifully and simply stated, with accompanying photographs and art, it’s a gorgeous book. For anyone who has hung desperately on to a part of their life that has lost its personal significance and been unable to let go, this book is for you.