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Swimming Studies
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  • Published: 24 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780399174841
  • Imprint: Riverhead
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $37.00

Swimming Studies


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Swimming Studies is a collection of autobiographical sketches that explore the worlds of competitive and recreational swimming. From her training for the Olympic trials as a teenager, to meditative swims in pools and oceans as an adult, Leanne Shapton contemplates the sport that has shaped her life. Her spare and elegant writing reveals an intimate narrative of suburban adolescence, spent underwater in a discipline that continues to inspire Shapton's work as an artist and author, while her illustrations offer a new perspective on the landscapes and imagery of swimming. Shapton emphasizes the private, often solitary moments of athletic pursuit rather than its triumphs. This remarkable work of written and visual pieces propels the reader through a beautifully personal exercise in reflection.

  • Pub date: 24 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780399174841
  • Imprint: Riverhead
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $37.00

About the Author

Leanne Shapton

Leanne Shapton is an artist, author and publisher and recipient of the 2012 National Book Critics' Circle Award for autobiography. Her most recent book, Women in Clothes, was a collaboration with Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits. She lives in New York with her family.

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