Summer Reading: Find Your Voice – Connecting With Water

Water is life-sustaining and absolutely vital. But the natural connection we experience with water goes much further than that. As the summer season begins, many of us will be journeying to beaches and lakes as part of our vacation plans. There’s also the shorter trips we’ll make to neighborhood pools (or just opening up the one in the backyard). Water, simply, calls to us. 

The following list of books examines our relationship to water, whether it’s physically immersing ourselves in it or just being near the water, and each displays the many ways in which connecting with water can help us both mentally and physically. 

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Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do

Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols looks directly to the science to help to determine what draws us to water and why it can lead to better health outcomes, including our mental well-being. Nichols also profiles athletes, artists, and veterans whose lives have been shaped and, ultimately, bettered by living intimately with water. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and eAudio on OverDrive/Libby. 

Island Wisdom: Hawaiian Traditions and Practices for a Meaningful Life

“Island Wisdom” is a celebration of Hawai’i, showing why this state’s natural beauty, including its beaches, have helped to shape the rich traditions and history of its native people. Authors Kainoa Danes and Annie Daly introduce readers to concepts like pono (living a balanced life) and mālama ‘āina (preserving and protecting the land). This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla.

Thermal: Healing with Heat: Saunas, Hot Springs & Baths 

Lindsey Bro, a travel photographer, presents a catalog of some of the world’s best saunas, hot springs, and baths around the world. These destinations are often off the beaten track, yet travelers will still seek them out for the restorative powers that come from these healing waters. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla. 

Why We Swim

Humans do not innately know how to swim, yet so many of us make it a point to learn at an early age and continue to swim, at whatever level, throughout our lives. Bonnie Tsui examines the human relationship to swimming and why we are so prone to seeking this activity out through interviews with a range of swimmers from Olympic champions to swim clubs from throughout the world. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.