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In the Water They Can't See You Cry: A Memoir Hardcover – Apr 3 2012

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"Her remarkable story, courageous resilience, and honest self-assessment make this an inspiring read." ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Exactly what I expected Aug. 1 2012
By Jessica - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I am confused by the reviewers who are saying this book isn't what they expected, that it's not about her swimming career. If you read what the book is about it states in black and white that it's about the personal demons she dealt with. How difficult she found her fame to actually be.

I found this book to be a wonderful read especially because I have a beautiful daughter who is a cutter. I now have a better insight as to what she's going through and feel that I can listen with a 'new ear'. While I will never be able to understand the emotions my daughter is feeling, I can look at what she is doing to herself in a different light and feel that I'll be able to support her even more. Thank you, Amanda, for putting yourself out there and writing this wonderful book!
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Very real & inspiring.... April 5 2012
By Sportsfan - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a must a sports fan, I have been in awe of Amanda Beard's talent. Little did I know what went on behind the scenes, she is 100% honest in her struggles & her journey to overcome them.
Truly inspiring!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Somewhat disappointed Aug. 3 2013
By Formerswimmer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a former swimmer at a pretty high level (not Olympic, but national caliber and college scholarship),I found her portrayal of swimming and swimmers a little sad. The people I grew up and swam with (some were Olympians)were some of the nicest, funniest, and best group of people I have ever known. The parents are amazing, the kids were very close knit, and we had a blast growing up. I never thought of swimming as solitary sport, they were the best friends a person could ask for. So I find the portrayal of her club team to be sad and not true to life. The eating disorder aspect is very accurate and painful. Many of us did follow that path, but it mostly seemed to be triggered by the abrupt change from high school to college. It's really hard to figure out who you are when your very structured and busy life gets changed so drastically, and you no longer have your friends and family as support. But for the general population, going off to college is a big trigger for these problems as well. Anyway, I understand the turmoil and the resulting problems she had, but I feel she unfairly portrayed her fellow swimmers. I also feel like she inappropriately trashed two other public figures, who had no opportunity to tell their side of the story. Someone who is in the throes of bulimia and cutting is not the best companion (from a former bulimic, I would have found a relationship impossible during that time). They have their own issues and problems to bring to a relationship. I sympathize with the problems she faced, but feel her disclosure was too much when it came to her relationships.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Interesting to peek behind the curtain June 1 2012
By Amy - Published on
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This was a good look behind the curtain at the life of a professional athlete. We all see them as these perfect heroes that we would like to emulate. Amanda has let us know that they are people just like us who have issues and struggles and heartbreak in their lives. I appreciate her candor and honesty about what she has been through.

I only give it 4 stars because at times I thought the sequence of the book was a bit confusing. That being said, given that it is an autobiography it feels as if it stays true to her words and I don't have the perception that someone came in and edited it to make it shiny. It has a nice raw edge to it that I think more autobiographies should have - it makes it real.

An interesting read for a Type A achiever who needs to see that even if things look perfect from the outside, it is not always as it seems.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very inspiring and courageous! June 24 2012
By Linda Snyder - Published on
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Yes, this book was, indeed, very inspiring to me. As a past competitive swimmer growing up, there is so much to relate to in terms of body image struggles and trying to figure out where you fit in once you give up the competition. weight gain, body image, depression and bulemia are very real, intense and painful struggles. I appreciated the psychological insights into "cutting." In my day, women with muscles were not considered "sexy." I loved that Amanda Beard posed for the magazines and that we have come a long way as a society in appreciating strong women and not just the cheerleaders on the sidelines cheering for the boys! Thank you, Amanda Beard!