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Joan Didion

Beautifully packaged reads

Beautifully packaged reads

Abuse, betrayal, addiction and grief form the base for memoirs these days — even beautiful ones like Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. But Swim: Why We Love the Water, by pioneering TV news correspondent Lynn Sherr, breaks from the memoir of despair, favoring passion instead. Sherr — who has also written a biography of Susan B. Anthony and a book about giraffes, fabulously titled Tall Blondes — celebrates swimming and its effects on our lives. "Swim" is "an inquiry into why we swim — the lure, the hold, the timeless enchantment of being in the water." Swimming may be Sherr's salvation, but one needn't be an enthusiast to...