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Download Let's Go to the Beach: A History of Sun and Fun by the Sea Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Van Steenwyk Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Michelle Neuwirth | 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. "

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