The History of Swimming by Kim Powers
A Memoir

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They entered the world just five minutes apart, twins swimming out of the womb together, already arguing about who got to lead the way. They grew up together, best friends with rhyming names. They even went to the same college — where one of them had a nervous breakdown, and the other didn’t. Grown-up, one of them became a suicidal drunk, the other a success. Now, one is missing, and the other has just three days to find him.

It really happened.

The History of Swimming details Kim Powers’ frantic search for his twin brother Tim who disappears from Manhattan one weekend while in his late 20s. Kim almost mystically imagines that the clues to Tim’s whereabouts have been planted in a series of letters written by Tim over the years. Now, Kim uses the letters as a sort of roadmap that takes him to Texas, the setting of their greatest triumphs and tragedies.

At the small Texas college where many of these events occurred, Kim falls in with two eccentric traveling companions who guide him on the last leg of his quest, driving through the night to the one final place where Tim might be.
 

About Kim Powers

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Kim Powers is an Emmy and Peabody-winning writer who’s worked at both ABC’s Good Morning America and Primetime with Diane Sawyer. An MFA graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he wrote the screenplay for the festival-favorite indie film “Finding North,” which plays frequently on the Sundance Channel. He was also a staff writer for the AMC dramatic series “The Lot.” Prior to writing, he was a development executive for various film and TV companies in New York, and was a producer for PBS’s “Great Performances.” A native Texan, he currently lives in New York City and Asbury Park, New Jersey.
 
Published July 24, 2006 by Carroll & Graf. 325 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Upon Tim’s disappearance, Kim notifies their older brother, anxiously questions friends, scours Tim’s apartment, his day-planner and bundles of secret letters, then smartly goes back to his brother’s college research papers, since this latest disappearance coincided with the same time of year as ...

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Kim Powers’s first book is a conflicted ode to his twin brother, Tim, an alcoholic who disappeared from his Manhattan sublet without a trace when both were 28.

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