Good Reads: Books about OWS

malinakamalinaka Charter Member
edited July 2013 in General Discussion
I'm about to place another Amazon order for water bottles and sacks of carbogain, and thought why not add Wind, Waves, and Sunburn to that list. Here's why not: $205 hardcover and $94 softcover, new!? That was my original question. Why!? Can I borrow one of your copies?

Then I realized there was no discussion here about OWS books. The Great Swim - Gavin Mortimer. It is an excellent book, but one I've already read. What else should I add to my Amazon cart? (Preferably something under $200.)
I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.

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  • MikeHMikeH Member
    Forgive me this blatant self-promotion, but my book "In Cold Water" about English Channel swimmers is comign out in about 3 weeks...will be available on Amazon, book stores, everywhere, etc.
  • This is a link to an list of books from 3 years ago: http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2010/01/open-water-swimming-books-and-movies.html ... anyone have a more recently updated list?
  • IronMikeIronMike KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    Wow. No idea how lucky I was to get Wind, Waves and Sunburn for only $13.10. Keep your eyes open on amazon, bookfinder.com, half.com etc, and you might get lucky.

    WW&S is the best book about marathon swimming, after you skip the first couple of chapters about bears swimming. ;)

    @Mike_H123, looking forward to your book coming out. Let us know when we can preorder from amazon.
  • bobswimsbobswims Charter Member
    Try Ebay. I found a used copy in very good condition signed by the author for around $20
  • david_barradavid_barra Charter Member
    edited August 8
    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • IronMikeIronMike KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    Wow, @oxo, never heard of that book. You should review it here and on amazon.
  • oxooxo New Member
    @IronMike - i was going to post a photo of the TOC too, then saw that amazon.com has the entire book searchable plus previews.
  • oxooxo New Member
    edited July 2013
    South with the Sun by Lynne Cox, 2012

    - Buy: Amazon.com | Amazon UK
  • SharkoSharko Member
    edited July 2013
    Lynne Cox has a new book out...

    This from Bill Wygant from the South End

    Lynne's new book Open Water Swimming Manual came out today. It has already received a rave review from Sports Illustrated. She's just beginning her national book tour and will be at the South End on Friday August 16th to talk about her experiences and to sign some books. I posted a brief message on Facebook. You can help Lynne by "Liking" and "Sharing" that post, or creating one of your own. In any case I would appreciate your helping to promote her appearance at SERC so we have a great turnout for her in August.

    - Buy: Amazon.com | Amazon UK
    "I never met a shark I didn't like"
  • gregocgregoc Member
    edited July 2013
    Here is another short, but good book by Robert McCormack. Bob is a Boston Local and will be speaking at this year's Boston Light Swim.

    The Jim Doty Story: Accounts of Some of the Marathon Swims of a Great Boston Swimmer

    - Buy: Amazon.com | Amazon UK
  • IronMikeIronMike KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    Just pre-ordered the Lynne Cox book solely based on who she is. Can't wait.
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer Admin
    edited July 2013
    Forum Member @Mike_H123 's book is now published! Congrats Mike! Looking forward to reading it.

    To save Mike the trauma of self-promotion I'll quote his own words from the Channel group for him:

    By way of an overview, the book looks at the who, why, what, and how of English Channel swimming - with a focus on the why & who as seen through the eyes of an average swimmer. I interviewed dozens of people in Channel swimming for their stories and wove them into a storyline that paints a snapshot of our sport for those interested. The book includes chapters or stories about dozens of people in our sport, many of whom are well-known to the community - swimmers, pilots, crew, beach crew, supporters, coaches and others. This is a facet of ‘In Cold Water’ about which I’m quite proud, I must admit.

    I wrote ‘In Cold Water’ because I’m a writer and I wanted to paint a picture of our sport – alternatively, I didn’t write the book because I’m a Channel swimmer; because I’m not yet. I’ve made four attempts at the Channel, and am scheduled again for 2015, but I haven’t yet conquered my demons that have frustrated my attempts. So…if you’re interested in understanding the what, why, how, the flavor of our sport and an average swimmer’s experiences, I think you’d enjoy my book.

    My heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped me with this book. I love our sport and the help I received in the development of this book is an illustration of why – because our community is warm & wonderful.

    - Buy on Amazon.com | Amazon UK
  • MikeHMikeH Member
    Thanks :)
  • SharkoSharko Member
    Looking forward to reading your book @Mike_H123

    Sharko
    "I never met a shark I didn't like"
  • malinakamalinaka Charter Member
    edited December 2013
    If anyone is thinking of reading The Great Swim by Gavin Mortimer (which everyone should), I've come across a spare copy. It will be mailed to whomever claims it first, free of charge, no strings. Claimed 2 Dec 2013

    This book is one of the main reasons I toil at learning the ukulele (photo caption on page 34: "Cape Girz-Nez, 1925. Gertrude Ederle plays the ukulele while Ishak Helmy dances with Jeanne Sion...").
    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.
  • ChickenOSeaChickenOSea Charter Member
    My ex in laws gave me The Great Swim a while ago and I still haven't read it!!! The stack of unread books on my dresser is about two feet high.
  • Young Woman and the Sea....also about Ederle.WW&S for $205?!!! Criminey, better lock mine up, and @malinika , you can read it , maybe during the weekend of the 24 hr relay?
    I love swimming
    www.suziedodsswimcoaching.com
  • I devoured "In Cold Water," which I downloaded on my tablet a few months ago. Mike did a terrific job of describing his OW journey and attempts to cross the EC.

    "The Great Swim" is what got me into this mess. It captured the frenzy surrounding the first women who were attempting to swim the EC in the mid '20s. Even if you're not into marathon swimming, it's an insightful and well written social history of that era in the U.S. I also have a hardback copy I'd be glad to loan out.
    Molly Nance, Lincoln, Nebraska
    http://mollysbigswim.blogspot.com/
    www.facebook.com/molly.nance
  • Thanks Molly :).

    I really enjoyed the Great Swim too, as well as the book about Gertrude Ederle's swim.
  • I cannot locate this "In Cold water"--any advice on where I should be looking for this??
  • Did you try Amazon?
    - hard copy
    - Kindle e-book
  • I feel like an idiot. Yes I did, twice, but nothing. I will try with your links. Duh!
  • I am midway through Mike's book, In Cold Water. Loving it. Mike, you are a great story teller. Well done.
  • evmoevmo Admin
    edited December 2013
    Potential holiday present for the marathon swimmer in your family (or yourself)?

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    - Buy on Amazon
  • Laflamme02Laflamme02 Member
    edited December 2013
    malinaka said:

    If anyone is thinking of reading The Great Swim by Gavin Mortimer (which everyone should), I've come across a spare copy. It will be mailed to whomever claims it first, free of charge, no strings. Claimed 2 Dec 2013

    I'll be done this soon and offer it up to the next on the list. Send me a PM and I'll ship it out when I've finished it up (a week or so). Also free of charge and without strings.

  • malinakamalinaka Charter Member
    edited April 24
    8 Bridges is less than two months away, and with that in mind:

    My first ever swim in the Hudson was a Pete Seger River Pool charity swim from Newburgh to Beacon. Half way across, I remember a kayaker paddled over and asked if I needed help because I was just treading water, goggles off, staring up at the NB Bridge and the mountains all around. This was probably a significant moment in my life, or something.

    At the end of the swim, this book was on sale by the author:

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    It is not about marathon swimming, but it is a great light read for those who like swimming, or regularly dream about rivers and doing things other people think a bit odd.
    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.
  • SalishSeaSalishSea Member
    If you read "Big River Man" then watch the film you get 2 different perspectives on the same journey. Which makes for an interesting story.
  • IronMikeIronMike KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    How about if you watched Big River Man first? Book worth reading?
  • danswimsdanswims Member
    edited May 4
    How about if you watched Big River Man first? Book worth reading?

    Book is always worth reading, because... it's a book.
  • suziedodssuziedods Member
    edited May 5
    Besides " The Great Swim" there is also, "Young Woman and the Sea". Also about Ederle but it focuses a bit more on what an impact she had not only on women's swimming but women's athletics in general.
    I love swimming
    www.suziedodsswimcoaching.com
  • KNicholasKNicholas Member
    edited August 8
  • 'In cold water' and 'Dover Solo'.

    Not just great reads from an OW perspective but also help you compare your training to others, to assess the difficulty of you own mountain against theirs' and of course full of helpful tips.

    I felt a lot more confident facing my own swim knowing in comparison, it was the tip of the iceberg compared to what these folks were doing.....
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