In the Water They Can't See You Cry by Amanda Beard
A Memoir

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Part of me wished Beard had talked a bit more about her actual swimming and training. It astounded me with all this emotional upheaval, and the destructive physical ways
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In this candid and ultimately uplifting memoir, Olympic medalist Amanda Beard reveals the truth about coming of age in the spotlight, the demons she battled along the way, and the newfound happiness that has proved to be her greatest victory.

At the tender age of fourteen, Amanda Beard walked onto the pool deck at the Atlanta Olympics carrying her teddy bear, Harold, and left with two silvers and a gold medal. She competed in three more Olympic games, winning a total of seven medals, and enjoyed a lucrative modeling career on the side. At one point, she was the most downloaded female athlete on the Internet.

Yet despite her astonishing career and sex-symbol status, Amanda felt unworthy of all her success. Unaware that she was suffering from clinical depression, she hid the pain beneath a megawatt smile. With no other outlet for her feelings besides the pool, Amanda expressed her emotions through self-destructive behavior. In her late teens and twenties, she became bulimic, abused drugs and alcohol, and started cutting herself.

Her low self-esteem led to toxic relationships with high-profile men in the sports world. No one, not even her own parents and friends, knew about the turmoil she was going through. Only when she met her future husband, who discovered her cutting herself, did Amanda realize she needed help.

Through her renewed faith in herself; the love of her family; and finally the birth of her baby boy, Blaise, Amanda has transformed her life. In these pages, she speaks frankly about her struggles with depression, the pressures to be thin, and the unhealthy relationships she confused for love. In the Water They Can’t See You Cry is a raw, compelling story of a woman who gained the strength to live as bravely out of the water as she did in it.
 

About Amanda Beard

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Amanda Beard is a seven-time Olympic medalist. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, the photographer Sacha Brown, and her son, Blaise. Visit her at AmandaBeard.net.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Touchstone. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for In the Water They Can't See You Cry
All: 8 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
Mar 15 2012

Though the narrative tone and delivery remains amiably direct, this style leaves little room in an awkwardly stiff, workmanlike portrait for much-needed personality.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Apr 09 2012

Her remarkable story, courageous resilience, and honest self-assessment make this an inspiring read.

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City Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Raymond on May 03 2012

Swimmer or not, I believe you will relate to Ms. Beard and find her memoir uplifting, honest and incredibly powerful. In The Water They Can’t See You Cry/gets my vote!

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Maureen's Musings

Good
Reviewed by Maureen Timerman on Apr 21 2012

This should also be mandatory read by parents with Children at high levels of competition.

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Aunt Joyce's Ice Cream Stand

Below average
Apr 28 2012

With such a great title and intriguing character...I am left feeling somewhat disappointed after reading Amanda Beard's memoir....Amanda Beard's memoir hovers in the Johnny Weir category of a 'beach read.'

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Byline to Finish Line

Below average
Apr 25 2012

Part of me wished Beard had talked a bit more about her actual swimming and training. It astounded me with all this emotional upheaval, and the destructive physical ways

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Change of Pace

Good
Reviewed by Abby on Apr 21 2012

I read the book from start to finish within four hours. I literally couldn’t tear myself away.

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lainaturner

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Reviewed by Laina Turner on Apr 10 2012

What I truly enjoyed about this book was how raw and honest Amanda was about her thoughts and feelings during those dark times.

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