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The Three-Year Swim Club
The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory | Julie Checkoway
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For readers of Unbroken and The Boys in the Boat comes the inspirational, untold story of impoverished children who transformed themselves into world-class swimmers. In 1937, a schoolteacher on the island of Maui challenged a group of poverty-stricken sugar plantation kids to swim upstream against the current of their circumstance. The goal? To become Olympians. They faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The children were Japanese-American, were malnourished and barefoot and had no pool; they trained in the filthy irrigation ditches that snaked down from the mountains into the sugarcane fields. Their future was in those same fields, working alongside their parents in virtual slavery, known not by their names but by numbered tags that hung around their necks. Their teacher, Soichi Sakamoto, was an ordinary man whose swimming ability didn't extend much beyond treading water. In spite of everything, including the virulent anti-Japanese sentiment of the late 1930s, in their first year the children outraced Olympic athletes twice their size; in their second year, they were national and international champs, shattering American and world records and making headlines from L.A. to Nazi Germany. In their third year, they'd be declared the greatest swimmers in the world, but they'd also face their greatest obstacle: the dawning of a world war and the cancellation of the Games. Still, on the battlefield, they'd become the 20th century's most celebrated heroes, and in 1948, they'd have one last chance for Olympic glory. They were the Three-Year Swim Club. This is their story.
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DebinHawaii
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#JulyJam

Two books from my #TBR stacks that fit today‘s #SwimmingPoolDay prompt.

Eggs Perfection 💦💙💦 5mo
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Godmotherx5
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Most of my books are packed because we‘re in the middle of selling our place. This is an oldie but a goodie #Greencovers #DearDecember

@Eggs

Eggs Sounds like a great story 3y
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Smrloomis
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1. The tagged book and 5 others I‘ve started and not managed to finish yet. I blame work stress 😖 2. Pumpkin! 3. “His experiences with Damkroger, Crabbe, and Hughes had shaken his confidence, and as he‘d gotten on the Matsonian, Sakamoto imagined that a trip with so many haoles would be bleak and humiliating and that he would continually be aware of his role as a second-class citizen with a first-class ticket.” #weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Sbk89 1. Letters to Sam/ The Meccan revelation/ The woman who went to bed for a year. 2. Both. 3. “Your differentness will make people want to help you, too; and helping you will help them feel good.” 3y
Smrloomis @Sbk89 👍🏽 Is the Meccan Revelations readable? And are there really something like 40 volumes??? 🙈 3y
Sbk89 It‘s readable 😂 but be prepared to read a paragraph several times in order to grasp it. It‘s definitely not an easy read. I‘m not really sure how many volumes, but this one does refer to other volumes a great deal. 3y
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Smrloomis
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Just started this and so far it‘s good. I wish the author had a slightly more parsimonious editor but overall it‘s an enjoyable read. Thanks @DebinHawaii for the recommendation!

DebinHawaii Glad you are enjoying it even with the editing. 😉 3y
Smrloomis @DebinHawaii I am grouchy about it 😂 but yes! 😆 3y
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Amiable
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The true story of how a group of impoverished plantation kids from Hawaii, with no special equipment or skills, became Olympic swimmers in the 1930s. I'd never heard of this story before, and it was intriguing. I picked it up, however, because it was billed as "for fans of The Boys in the Boat" -- a book I absolutely loved. This one was good, but I still liked "The Boys in the Boat" better.

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) 4y
Amiable @RaimeyGallant Thank you! I'm trying to go back over my reads for the past few years and add reviews of them to the database. It always helps me so much to see other people's thoughts about a book before I decide whether to read it. 😉 4y
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DebinHawaii
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#ReadingResolutions #swimming 🏊🏽

I have had this swimming-based non-fiction historical set on Maui on my shelves for ages. It's about Soichi Sakamoto, a teacher & coach who takes impoverished Japanese-American children & creates a champion swim team with no pool to train in--just the irrigation ditches in the sugarcane fields. Someday I shall get it read. 📚📚📚😬📚📚

Smrloomis This sounds great! 4y
DivineDiana I like the sound of this! 4y
Zelma Wow, sounds really interesting! 4y
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Godmotherx5
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This book met #OlympicSport category for #Booked2018. At the center of the story is a group of kids who have extraordinary talent but no means to enhance their swimming skills. Set in the 1930s and into the 1940s, a teacher, Soichi Sakamoto, took notice of the kids as they splashed around together. In 1937, Sakamoto formalized their training as the Three-Year Swim club, or 3YC, with their sights set on the 1940 Olympics. The rest is history.

Cinfhen Fascinating!!! Love NF tagging @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage 5y
Godmotherx5 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage Sorry I forgot to tag each of you. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage That one sounds interesting. Great pick! 5y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I‘m curious and want to read this book about a swimming coach who dreamed of making Olympics champions from the children of poverty-stricken, uneducated Japanese and Philippine- American sugar cane cutters on the island of Maui, Hawaii for the 1940 Olympics.

#readingresolutions #olympics

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Godmotherx5
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I tried to pick books from my shelves & devices for #Booked2018. I‘ve gotten as far as making a list for Jan-March.

 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen

heikemarie March ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
SarahSaysRead Breasts is really good and also kind of terrifying. I read it last January. 5y
Godmotherx5 @SarahSaysRead I heard about from @Liberty on a podcast. I hope it‘s not too scary. 5y
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Godmotherx5 @inwhichHeikereadsharder I bought the trilogy. I‘m excited to finally start them. (edited) 5y
valeriegeary Good pics! Three Year Swim Club looks interesting! I might have to read that one too. 😄 5y
valeriegeary By pics I mean picks...ha! Good choices. 😋 5y
Godmotherx5 @valeriegeary Ha!Ha! Cute play on words. 😄 5y
Cinfhen I'm loving seeing people's choices!!! Of course I keep second guessing mine, every day❣️❣️❣️ 5y
Godmotherx5 @Cinfhen I do the same. Too many options.... 5y
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DebinHawaii
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Day 16 #AndItsAugust #Diversity I've tried to make it a point to choose & read more diverse books--although there is certainly room for opportunity. I think this is a fairly good assortment of books that are diverse in perspectives, subject matter, authors, etc... from a quick grab from my #TBR stacks. Now I just need to get them read! 📚📚😬📚📚📚

BarbaraJean There are some great picks here! The Hate U Give especially... it's fantastic and heartbreaking and hopeful and needed. 5y
ApoptyGina69 Planning on White Tears and Akata Witch soon! 5y
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Texreader Very nice book 📚 stack!! 5y
Cortg Great stack! I've read 4 of these and have a couple on my TBR list. Might have to add the others! 5y
PerksOfBeingABookworm Yes to everything @BarbaraJean said. Looks like a really great stack. Happy reading! ☺️ 5y
DebinHawaii @MrBook @Texreader @Cortg Thank you! 📚😀 @BarbaraJean @PerksOfBeingABookworm I am hoping to start it soon--I have heard such great things. 👍😀 @ApoptyGina69 Those are ones I really want to get to soon! 📚📚😀📚📚 5y
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Cydster61
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For the ferry ride home from Martha's Vineyard.

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Haweller
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My next book seems appropriate for the moment.

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TheBookHippie
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Pickpick

So far interesting !

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Godmotherx5
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I found this by accident at B&N and knew I had to buy it. I swam competitively in my youth & love watching the Olympics. Go team USA! 🇺🇸 #Augustphotochallenge @TheSpinecrackersBookClub

TheSpinecrackersBookClub This should be a great read. Let us know how it goes. 6y
Godmotherx5 @TheSpinecrackersBookClub I will. The probably is figuring out where to fit it in my TBR. I may bump it up a few notches. 6y
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Bailedbailed

I wanted to love this book but I thought it got bogged down with unnecessary details.

Lakesidemusing Too bad ... 😕 6y
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