Let my people swim to Antarctica

Time for more books!  (In addition to Feel Better Little Buddy)

Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
Written by the founder and owner of Patagonia,  this book takes you on a brief tour through the childhood of Chouinard, his early interest in rock climbing (and the subculture surrounding the sport long before it became mainstream), and how his desire to create good climbing tools for himself eventually led to a business that is consistently listed on Fortune Magazine’s top 100 companies to work for.  Aside from just being a good story, Chouinard’s philosophies regarding the company’s role as a steward of the environment and the unconventional policies adopted by Patagonia are both inspiring and a case study of how, in an industry where the bottom line usually means everything, maintaining your integrity and a clear vision of mission can pay off in much bigger ways.  Plus the book has pictures.  Great read.

Swimming to Antarctica by Lynne Cox
Lynne Cox is a pioneer in cold water marathon swimming.  This is her story, from swimming summer league as a kid to being the first person to swim across a number of increasingly freezing (literally) bodies of water.  Don’t go in expecting a literary masterpiece (the woman is an athlete, not a novelist), but the accounts of her actual swims and training make the book worthwhile.  Good read.

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