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— by Donna Wares: This month’s book club read, “Why We Swim,” offers a welcome respite from our daily tribulations. Part memoir and part sports travelogue, Bonnie Tsui’s latest book glides from the California coast to Iceland’s swim culture to childhood memories splashing on Long Island’s Jones Beach. There’s an unexpected dip in Saddam Hussein’s palace pool and a dive into the magic of Hainan island, the “Chinese Hawaii” perched on the South China Sea…

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