Nancy Bercaw, author of Dryland, on tour July/August 2017

Posted By on May 15, 2017

About Dryland

• Paperback: 256 pages
• Publisher: Grand Harbor Press (April 18, 2017)

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 when she hung up her cap and goggles after college, 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.


“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

Purchase Links

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About Nancy Stearns Bercaw

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 HeraldU.S. News & World Report, Abu Dhabi’s Tempo magazine, and In addition to Dryland: One Woman’s Swim to Sobriety, 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.

Find out more about Nancy at her website, and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Tour Stops

Wednesday, August 9th: Stranded in Chaos

Thursday, August 10th: Peppermint PhD

Friday, August 11th: Tina Says…

Wednesday, August 16th: Openly Bookish

Wednesday, August 23rd: Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps

Tuesday, August 29th: Sara the Introvert

Thursday, August 31st: Just One More Chapter

Wednesday, September 6th: Books and Bindings

Thursday, September 7th: Sarah Reads Too Much

Tuesday, September 12th: Wining Wife

Wednesday, September 13th: Stacy’s Books

Monday, September 18th: Everyone Needs Therapy

Wednesday, September 20th: Kimberly Fisher on Instagram

Thursday, September 21st: Thoughts On This ‘n That

Monday, September 25th: Breezes at Dawn

Friday, September 29th: Suko’s Notebook


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