Swimming Lessons: Life Lessons from the Pool, from Diving in to Treading Water (Paperback)

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By Penelope Niven, Jim Nocito (Illustrator)
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At age forty-four, Penelope Niven was at a turning point in her life. In need of a change for both body and spirit, she decided to learn how to swim. While discovering the restorative effect of the water, she also began to notice that the lessons she was learning in the pool drew remarkable parallels with the lessons of life. The way in which you first get into the water, for example, is similar to trying anything new-you can jump in feet first, or dive in headfirst, but first you have to have some idea of what you're actually getting into. From floating to treading water, forward strokes to the backstroke, Swimming Lessons combines the familiar lessons of swimming with personal anecdotes and apt observations to stirring effect. Sensible, touching, and personal, this appealing book will be invaluable to any reader facing a life change or simply looking for a little bit of inspiration.

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About the Author

PENELOPE NIVEN (1939-2014) devoted fourteen years to organizing Carl Sandburg's papers, forming the framework for her 1991 biography of the poet. A fellow of American Literature from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Niven founded and directed the Carl Sandburg Oral History Project for the National Park Service and the University of Illinois Library.

Praise For…

“Niven writes with a clear, lyrical voice.”—THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

“Wonderfully written ... Graceful, elegant, and satisfying.”—THE WASHINGTON POST

"Inspirational. This delightfully original primer is recommended for those attempting to tread water both in and out of the pool."

— Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156027076
ISBN-10: 0156027070
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: April 5th, 2004
Pages: 208
Language: English