First Thursday Book Club - Virtual Program

Thursday, August 57:00—8:00 PMVirtual ProgramOffsiteSee program description for location, Billerica, MA, 01821
Zoom ConferenceOffsiteSee program description for location, Billerica, MA, 01821

The August meeting of the First Thursday Book Club will take place via Zoom. We will be discussing Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui.

We hope you register and join us for the virtual book club discussion. We're looking forward to discussing the book and connecting as readers...all from the comfort of home! Register and you will receive a link on the day of the program to connect via Zoom. 

About the Book:

“A fascinating and beautifully written love letter to water. I was
enchanted by this book." —Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

An immersive, unforgettable, and eye-opening perspective on swimming—and on human behavior itself.

We swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha-infested rivers to test
our limits. We swim for pleasure, for exercise, for healing. But humans,
unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born
swimmers. We must be taught. Our evolutionary ancestors learned for
survival; now, in the twenty-first century, swimming is one of the most
popular activities in the world. Why We Swim is propelled
by stories of Olympic champions, a Baghdad swim club that meets in
Saddam Hussein’s palace pool, modern-day Japanese samurai swimmers, and
even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survives a wintry six-hour
swim after a shipwreck. New York Times contributor Bonnie Tsui, a
swimmer herself, dives into the deep, from the San Francisco Bay to the
South China Sea, investigating what it is about water that seduces us,
despite its dangers, and why we come back to it again and again.

Borrow the Book:

Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk. You can also download the ebook or audiobook for free with your library card with no holds or wait! Use our new library e-resource, Hoopla ( The book can then be read or listened to on a phone, tablet, or e-reader.

Capacity: 6 of 12 spaces available.

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