• "Magnificent. Only a truly great story can hold my attention and Why We Swim had me nailed to the chair . . . I love this book."

    Christopher McDougall, bestselling author of Born to Run
  • "A beautifully written love letter to water and a fascinating story. I was enchanted."

    Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • "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, New York Times bestselling author of The Wave and Voices in the Ocean
  • "This is a jewel of a book, a paean to the wonders of water and our place within it."

    James Nestor, author of Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves
  • "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, author of She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity

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