The Joy of Swimming (Paperback)

A Celebration of Our Love for Getting in the Water

By Lisa Congdon, Lynne Cox (Foreword by)

Chronicle Books, 9781452144139, 144pp.

Publication Date: April 19, 2016

List Price: 18.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


From Lisa Congdon, bestselling author of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, this lovely new book invites readers to dip into the many joys of swimming. Congdon brings her personal passion as a lifelong swimmer to this beautiful and thoughtful celebration of getting in the water. Hand-lettered inspirational quotes, watercolor portraits paired with real people's personal stories, illustrated collections of vintage objects—colorful swim caps, bathing suits through the ages, traditional pool signs—and much more evoke the beauty and inspiration of the subject. An emphasis on swimming as a way of life—taking the leap, going with the flow—makes this delightful volume one that will speak to serious swimmers, vacation paddlers, and anyone pondering their next high dive.

About the Author

Lisa Congdon is an artist, illustrator, author, and avid swimmer. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Lynne Cox is a record-breaking long-distance swimmer and bestselling author. She lives in Southern California.

Praise For The Joy of Swimming: A Celebration of Our Love for Getting in the Water

“A loving homage to aquatic bliss.” —Brain Pickings

“For a summer read that goes down like a cool drink of H2O, thumb through The Joy of Swimming by Lisa Congdon. Congdon’s pretty illustrations (watercolors, no less) bring to life vignettes of everyday swimmers, the science of swimming, a visual history of women’s swimsuits, fun facts about freestyle, and more. You’ll be inspired not only to page-turn poolside, but also to dive right in.” —Shape

“It’s hard not to smile when flipping through The Joy of Swimming. The bright, cheerful colors and playful illustrations in this slim softcover book capture the feeling of splashing in the pool on a sunny summer’s day.” —Swimmer Magazine

“This jam-packed paperback, as beautiful as it is informative, deserves a spot on every swimming lover’s coffee table. Congdon’s wild water colors splash across cheery illustrated spreads accentuated by hand-detailed literary quotes about water.… One can't help but feel revitalized after being immersed in Lisa Congdon’s Joy.” —Swimming World