Friday, July 24, 2009

Swimming to Antarctica: Lynne Cox

Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a long-distance swimmer Lynne Cox Biography 978-0156031301 14.99 2005 Harvest Books/Harcourt Inc

Lynne Cox discovered early that she loved swimming in the elements, and as a very fit swimmer with loads of endurance but not much speed over short swims, she is a natural at swimming for hours in open water. At the age of 14 she began by swimming the Catalina Channel between Catalina Island and Seal Beach just south of Los Angles (26 miles/over 12 hours). She then went looking for more challenges and set world records for the English Channel, was the first woman and one of only 5 people to swim the Cook Strait in New Zeland, and raced in the Nile River. She then set her sights on swimming the Bering Strait between Little Diomede Island and Big Diomede before the end of the cold war on her way to her most extreme swim in the life threatening cold of Antarctica. In the mean time swimming around the shark infested Cape of Good Hope, in Alaska’s Glacier Bay, across Russia’s Lake Baikal and in various other spots around the world.

I don’t usually like biography but I was sucked into this book from the first page. Throughout the book Lynne shares her fears, her determination and her triumphs with a humble spirit and with sincere acknowledgment of all the people in her life who have supported and encouraged her to follow her very extreme dreams. A fabulous read!

Review by Ann Morgester, Library Curriculum Coordinator Anchorage School District

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