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Author: Elizabeth Van Steenwyk Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781481541572
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Did you know that women once wore corsets under their bathing suits? Or that “semi-drowning”—the strip and plunge practice—was thought to be good for one’s health? Or that Pudgy Stockton, the body-building queen of Muscle Beach, California, opened the country’s first gym for women?

From the bathhouses of the ancient Greeks to Venice Beach and Coney Island, Let’s Go to the Beach takes a multifaceted and well researched look at beaches and their attendant customs. The text explores such historical transformations as the evolution of the waterways from places of commerce to venues of health and recreation, as well as the bathing suit’s revealing journey from full-body cover-up to string bikini. Information about environmental concerns (including beach safety and preservation), along with quirky facts and trivia, round out this intriguing volume.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] fun grab bag of history, trivia, and useful information…Fields reads with vivacity, sounding exactly like a beach enthusiast eager to share her passion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] fun grab bag of history, trivia, and useful information.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A lighthearted, lively, and concise history of bathing, from ancient Greece to modern-day America, including social history and a brief mention of segregated beaches.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “In an informal, entertaining style, Van Steenwyk traces the development of various beaches and their popular recreational activities, past and present.”


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 12/17/2010

    " It was an interesting book, but it would have been nice if the recent photos were in color. Black and white just doesn't do a beach justice. "

About the Author

Elizabeth Van Steenwyk is the award-winning author of more than seventy books for young readers. After graduating from Knox College, she went on to spend ten years writing for radio and television with a concentration on children’s programming. She lives in California

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.