Friday, September 18, 2009

Book Group Guide: Read and Discuss

In response to reader requests, I have created a book group guide for Young Woman and the Sea. It is available on my website, - Simply click on "Book Group Guide" on the right hand column. You may then copy and paste the materials, including discussion topics, into a word document to distribute to your group. I am happy to participate by speaker phone, or answer brief questions by email.

Happy reading.

[The photograph shows Trudy and her sister looking at scrapbooks detailing her career]

Friday, September 11, 2009


I was recently interviewed about "Young Woman and the Sea" on the National Public Radio program "Here and Now" hosted by Robin Young. You can listen to the interview by clicking the link:

Earlier this summer, the book received a very positive review from Maureen Corrigan on NPR's "Fresh Air", part of the "Books We Like" series.
And for those who would rather read all about, here is a review from the Seattle Times for both Young Woman and the Sea and another book about Trudy. It begins:
"In August 1926, an 18-year-old New Yorker became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. The moment Trudy Ederle's tired, cold feet reached dry sand and her father wrapped a robe around her with a bear hug, she became the world's first female sport celebrity. So why is her name missing from lists hailing tennis champion Billie Jean King, golfer Babe Didrikson Zaharias and swimmer Janet Evans?

Sports writers Glenn Stout and Tim Dahlberg wondered the same thing, and in their separate books, each author puts the spotlight on Ederle's life and historic crossing. Only Stout succeeds in constructing a story for the ages: "Young Woman & the Sea" has something for everyone."
To read more, click on the link:

[The photograph is a satellite image of Cape Gris Nez, France, where Trudy began her swim.]