Art + Design

The Perfect Book for the Swimmer in Your Life

Spring has sprung! Does that mean you are already daydreaming about spending summer at the beach or lounging by the pool? Let Lisa Congdon help you get into the water with her soon-to-be-released book The Joy of Swimming. Congdon, an artist and bestselling author, brings her personal passion as a life-long swimmer to this thoughtful celebration of moving our bodies through the water.

The Joy of Swimming

In this book, Congdon pairs hand-lettered inspirational quotes and watercolor portraits with real people’s personal stories. Illustrated collections of vintage objects—colorful swim caps, bathing suits through the ages, traditional pool signs—evoke the beauty and inspiration of the subject, while fascinating facts about this beloved sport round things out perfectly.

The Joy of Swimming

A foreword from record-breaking long-distance swimmer and author Lynn Cox offers a thoughtful appreciation of Congdon’s artwork: “The colors in her paintings are rich and fully saturated, like the ocean at sunrise. She brings in wonderful vintage photos, splashed here and there throughout the book—pictures of people and from times gone by. There is light in their eyes and a sense of joy in their faces just to be near the water. They bring back memories of swimming friends from yesterday, the places where we swam together, and the good times we shared.”

For a limited time, when you preorder The Joy of Swimming from a retailer of your choice, we’ll send you a limited-edition autographed poster from this beautifully illustrated book! (note: offer is U.S. only)

Preorder The Joy of Swimming

Just preorder via your favorite local bookstore or online retailer and then fill out the form below (we need your info to send you the poster).

What are you waiting for? Dive in!

Photos by Irene Kim Shepherd

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Marketing Manager for the Entertainment and Art categories at Chronicle Books. She is a self-proclaimed nerdy girl and wishes her cats and wine were tax write offs.
Sandy Smith


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