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For swimming champion Nancy Stearns Bercaw, the pool was a natural habitat. But on land, she could never shake the feeling of being a fish out of water. Starting at age two, Nancy devoted her life to swimming, even qualifying for the 1988 Olympic Trials in the fifty-meter freestyle event. But nearly two decades later, when she hung up her cap and goggles, she was confronted with a different kind of challenge: learning who she was out of the lanes.

In this honest, intimate memoir, Nancy reflects on her years wandering the globe, where tragic events and a lost sense of self escalate her dependence on booze. Thirty-three years after her first sip of alcohol, the swimmer comes to a stunning realization while living with her husband and son in Abu Dhabi - she's drowning in the desert. Nancy looks to the Bedouin people for the strength to conquer one final opponent: alcohol addiction.

©2017 Nancy Stearns Bercaw (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • L T White
  • 31-05-2021

Great story!

Great story of reflection and overcoming. Proud of Nancy for her resilience and vulnerability in her expression. Much respect!

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  • montagealexander
  • 14-02-2020

Very Whiny (with lots of wine)

It seemed more like a travel book from someone who feels sorry for themselves, is overly dramatic and sees every event through a lens of how it impacts them (total Boomer). I’m glad she got sober, and appreciate some of the details about Abu Dhabi as I’m heading there, plus it was a free audible book.

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  • Carol Nain
  • 08-05-2019

World travel

I did enjoy the descriptions of the foreign countries that she traveled quite a bit. Nice voice.

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