- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Grand Harbor Press (April 18, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503942953
- ISBN-13: 978-1503942950
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Dryland: One Woman's Swim to Sobriety Paperback – April 18, 2017
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“A brave, honest, adventurous memoir that keeps you turning pages as Bercaw travels around the world and rediscovers what it really means to win…at life.” —Leigh Newman, author of Still Points North
About the Author
Writer and national champion swimmer Nancy Stearns Bercaw is a seventeen-time NCAA All-American athlete and was inducted into the University of South Florida’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. Her writing has appeared in publications around the world, including the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Korea Herald, U.S. News & World Report, Abu Dhabi’s Tempo magazine, and ScaryMommy.com. She is the author of Brain in a Jar: A Daughter’s Journey Through Her Father’s Memory and a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias. She lives in Vermont with her husband and son.
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(I hated the book by Cheryl Strayed who hiked day after kicking heroin. It read like a bunch of bull shit. Many true hikers also picked up on that.)
This Memoir I believe and loved Nancy's ability to write. Some people need ghost writers. Not Nancy. Well done.
I was randomly chosen through a Goodreads Giveaway to receive this book free from the publisher. Although encouraged, I was under no obligation to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
In particular, I noted that when the author decided to "swim to sobriety," her husband asks about Alcoholics Anonymous, but she brushes him off, saying that she wants to do it on her own. I'm sorry to offend all of the AA devotees out there, but there's no scientific evidence that the program works, and especially not for women.
Take a look at the "Big Book" sometime. Written in the 1950s, the underlying assumption is that all alcoholics are men, and there's even a chapter devoted to what wives can do to help their alcoholic husbands. Is the "Big Book" so sacred that it can't be updated to reflect that we're living in the twenty-first century?
Anyway, Nancy Stearns Bercaw draws on the strengths that she developed as a competitive swimmer to beat her addiction without the help of a twelve-step group or even detox (although attempting the latter on one's own can become a medical emergency and turn deadly, something that the author doesn't mention in her fine book but should have).
As the author so beautifully tells her son, "You're your own flotation device. You have to save yourself in this world."
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, especially for women who discover that they have become too reliant on alcohol to deal with the challenges in their lives.