Dive in to this amazing new book by author, artist and avid swimmer Lisa Congdon and find yourself immersed—in beautiful images, fascinating stories, and the wonders, lessons, and memories that swimming evokes. Foreword by record-breaking long-distance swimmer and bestselling author Lynne Cox.

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From Lisa Congdon, bestselling author & illustrator of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, comes a colorfully illustrated tribute to our universal love for swimming: The Joy of Swimming: A Celebration of our Love for Getting in the Water. Congdon brings her personal passion as a lifelong swimmer to this beautiful and thoughtful collection of words and imagery about one of the world’s most treasured pastimes and athletic endeavors. The book is filled with full color illustrations, hand-lettered inspirational quotations, profiles of swimmers from all walks of life, photographed collections of vintage swimming gear & ephemera, and hand-drawn infographics with fascinating facts about swimming history and culture from around the world. An emphasis on swimming as a way of life makes this volume one that will speak to serious swimmers and vacation paddlers alike. The book’s foreword is written by distance swimming icon, Lynne Cox.



Swimmer Magazine, July/August 2016 issue
The Guam Daily Post
Shape Magazine, June 2016 issue
Design Faves
Psychologies Magazine (UK), June 2016 issue
Aqua Master Oregon
Swimming World Magazine
The Boston Globe
Brain Pickings

The Jealous Curator
Cap and Goggles
Design Crush
AM Northwest, KATU Channel 2



Fine artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful  abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design & hand lettering. She works for clients around the world including the MoMA, Harvard University, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, The Land of Nod, Simon & Schuster, and Cloud9 Fabrics, among many others. She exhibits her work around the country, including in shows at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Bedford Gallery.  A selection of her abstract works are currently available through New York’s Uprise Gallery. Lisa writes a popular daily blog about her work, life and inspiration called Today is Going to be Awesome. She is the author of five books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist, and illustrated books Fortune Favors the Brave, Whatever You Are, Be a Good OneTwenty Ways to Draw a Tulip and A Collection a Day. She was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.


Lynne Cox has broken record after record in long-distance swimming. As a teenager she twice crossed the English Channel in record time, and in 1987 she caught the world’s attention for her swim across the Bering Strait—a more-than-two-hour-long journey through freezing waters. She has relayed her inspiring stories in several books, among them the New York Times bestsellers Swimming to Antarctica and Grayson.

  • “It’s a sportive immersion.”

    - Jan Gardner, The Boston Globe
  • “…artist Lisa Congdon explores the innumerable rewards and dimensions of swimming as a conduit of happiness and presence.”

    - Maria Popova, Brainpickings
  • “…delivered in a dreamscape style, this is one of those books that’s required on every swimmer’s bookshelf.”

    - Casey Barret, Cap & Goggles