At eighteen, she swam the twenty-mile Cook Strait between North and South Islands of New Zealand, was caught on a massive swell, found herself after five hours farther from the finish than when she started, and still completed the swim. She was the first to swim the Strait of Magellan, the most treacherous three-mile stretch of water in the world. The first to swim the Bering Strait-the channel that forms the boundary line between the United States and Russia-from Alaska to Siberia, thereby opening the U.
But it should come as no surprise that for the librarians at The New York Public Library, one of the things they're most thankful for are books. Lynn Lobash, Manager of Reader Services at NYPL, believes all book people "ask themselves at some point what it is about reading that is so important to them.
For me it is about transcending the limitation of this one life. When we read we live many lives. We experience another consciousness, another country, another set of circumstances. I am also grateful for the act of reading -- the familiarity, the quiet, and co-creative process of spending time in a book.
My favorite place to read is at home on my couch. This is what I imagine when they tell me to go to a peaceful place in yoga class -- me on my couch with a book.
We want to hear from you about your most valued book, after all 'tis the season to thankbooks! In the meantime, in celebration of Thanksgiving next week, below are the books that NYPL staffers are most thankful for.
The plotting in this story woven with Chinese folktale is masterful! When it is good, it is really good. I knew something was not quite right, but I had never even heard of Sensory Processing Disorder.
I recognized my son in the first few pages; noises too loud, clothes too scratchy, lights too bright, difficulty with spatial relations and fine and gross motor skills.
Her book suggestion helped me get my son the help he needed and ten years later he's doing fine. For the warm memories of my sons acting the story out repeatedly, for their giggles as the large fish puts two and two together, for their speculation over the little thief's ultimate fate, for the younger one's fascination with the illustration, I will be forever thankful.
The first is God Got a Dog a collection of remarkably moving poetry by Cynthia Rylant paired with luminous illustrations by Marla Frazee. This collection of poems by turns joyful, painful, and poignant and funny made me cry and hug the book at the end.
It's been my go-to gift for family and friends and I still break it out to read whenever I'm feeling at my lowest. The second is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce.
I first read the author's work back as a youngster at a time when there were few great female protagonists to be had in sword and sorcery adventures.
Tamora Pierce's story of a girl who disguises herself as a boy to become a knight and goes on to become a hero was my first real taste of something that saw girls taking on these kinds of roles.
While nowadays there are many more strong female protagonists to choose from, it hasn't always been the case. These books sparked my love of fantasy adventure, strengthened my joy of reading and made me imagine being a writer myself someday. I have reread the entire quartet about Alanna Song of the Lioness quartet probably close to a hundred times now and hope to pass them on to my son and daughter when they're old enough.
Abbey tells the story of Henry Lightcap, a very semi-autobiographical loner taking one last trip home to his brother in West Virginia, with little but a failing truck, an old mutt named Solstice, and frequent 6-packs of beer.
He camps and barbecues. He discusses time, history, fate, and liberty with Sollie the dog. When he passed away 5 years ago, I was devastated to lose, not only my father, but also a mentor in life. A friend recommended When Things Fall Apart:Nov 24, · The Books We're Thankful For. I am thankful for Lynne Cox's inspirational Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-distance Swimmer.
Cox lyrically details her . If searched for the ebook Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox in pdf format, in that case you come on to faithful site.
Long-distance swimming topic. Long-distance swimming is distinguished from ordinary swimming in that the distances involved are longer than are typically swum in pool competitions. When a given swim calls more on endurance than on outright speed, it is the more likely to be considered a long-distance swim.
Nov 24, · I am thankful for Lynne Cox's inspirational Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-distance Swimmer. Cox lyrically details her adventures in . best long-distance swimmer in the world.
From the subzero waters of Antarctica to shark-infested seas, she has taken on the most treacherous waters of the globe. N continued Swimming toAntarctica Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox Lynne Cox began serious swim training at the age of 9.
Now, she swims not to break records but to. " Swimming to Antarctica Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer Reading habits allow us to better reflect on the text, to understand the interpretive variables, not to get lost in the secondary elements in the text, before that, to pay attention to what is the determinant.