Turning by Jessica J. Lee

Into the Wild

Read Turning Online Free - Through the heat of summer to the frozen depths of winter, Lee traces her journey swimming through 52 lakes in a single year, swimming through fear and heartbreak to find her place in the world

The water slips over me like cool silk. The intimacy of touch uninhibited, rising around my legs, over my waist, my breasts, up to my collarbone. When I throw back my head and relax, the lake runs into my ears. The sound of it is a muffled roar, the vibration of the body amplified by water, every sound felt as if in slow motion...

At the age of 28, Jessica Lee--Canadian, Chinese, and British--finds herself in Berlin. Alone. Lonely, with lowered spirits thanks to some family history and a broken heart, she is ostensibly there to write a thesis. And although that is what she does daily, what increasingly occupies her is swimming. So she makes a decision that she believes will win her back her confidence and independence: she will swim fifty-two of the lakes around Berlin, no matter what the weather or season. She is aware that this particular landscape is not without its own ghosts and history.

This is the story of a beautiful obsession: of the thrill of a still, turquoise lake, of cracking the ice before submerging, of floating under blue skies, of tangled weeds and murkiness, of cool, fresh, spring swimming--of facing past fears of near-drowning, and of breaking free. When she completes her year of swimming, Jessica finds she has new strength--and she has also found friends and gained some understanding of how the landscape both haunts and holds us.

This book is for everyone who loves swimming, who wishes they could push themselves beyond caution, who understands the deep pleasure of using the body's strength, who knows what it is to abandon all thought...and float home to the surface.

Title : Turning
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ISBN : 0349008345
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Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

May 08, 2017

This beautifully reflective personal story arose from Lee’s resolution, when she was 28 and in Berlin on a research placement for her dissertation in environmental history, to swim in 52 local lakes – a year’s worth – no matter the weather. At the time she blogged about her “52 Lakes Project” for...

Paul rated it ★★★★★

August 26, 2017

At the end of her twenties, Lee finds herself in the city of Berlin. Ostensibly there to write a thesis she has left behind a home, family and quite a lot of heartache in Canada. In a city of 3.7 million people, she is all alone. The thesis plods along, but what motivates her to get up in the mor...

SarahJaneSmith rated it ★★★★☆

May 12, 2017

This was an intriguing read - as I love outdoor swimming myself I enjoyed diving into this book. And I found Jessica J. Lee`s writing to be as beautiful as nature itself. I could almost taste, see, smell and feel every word: meteors, moods, the scent of wood smoke, fragments of ice, patches of mo...

Buchdoktor rated it ★★★★★

June 27, 2017

Die Autorin Jessica J. Lee hat in London in Umweltgeschichte über die Verwandlung der Hampstead Heath in eine Waldlandschaft promoviert und gelangte dort in Kontakt zu den Schwimmerinnen vom Ladies Point. Ein Forschungsstipendium führte Lee nach Berlin, wo sie auf der Suche nach sich selbst besch...

Taylor rated it ★★★★☆

July 27, 2017

In this memoir, Jessica Lee recounts the time she spent living in Berlin while working on her doctoral thesis in environmental history. During this time, she also set herself the challenge of swimming in 52 lakes over the course of a year. This challenge is the focus of the book as Ms. Lee takes...

Trevor rated it ★★★☆☆

June 01, 2017

Received a copy of Turning by Jessica J. Lee through the GoodReads First Reads Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review "The first entry in the Oxford English Dictionary for the word 'lake' doesn't refer to lakes as we know them. Instead, 'lake', from Old English, means 'an offering, sa...

Jen Kayna rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 16, 2017

This, unfortunately, was not the book for me. I picked it up because the true story of someone swimming through lakes year round sounded super interesting. Unfortunately, it wasn't what I was expecting at all. I thought the author would be attempting to swim across entire lakes and that there wou...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

August 30, 2017

A charming, well-researched meditation on wild swimming and life in general. Although this is a memoir written with something of an academic slant, it has a great deal of heart and self-belief. I enjoyed the combination of exploring a new city/region; the scientific descriptions of lake biology;...

Pauline rated it ★★★★★

June 05, 2017

Open. Honest. Raw emotion. Jessica J. Lee’s first book demonstrates a mix of all her talents. She mixes and blends smoothly her knowledge of the environment of lakes, her knowledge of the history of Berlin and surrounding area together with her personal vulnerability in the trials she has dealt w...

Ammar rated it ★★★★☆

May 07, 2017

The “turning” of the title refers to the way the water within the lakes changes with the seasons. “In spring, the winter ice melts, and the warm and cold of the lake intermingle. In summer … a green froth of algae caps the surface … and when it cools in autumn, the green disappears. The leaves fl...

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