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The Resource Godspeed : a memoir, Casey Legler

Godspeed : a memoir, Casey Legler

Label
Godspeed : a memoir
Title
Godspeed
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Casey Legler
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
I swim for every chance to get wasted--after every meet, every weekend, every travel trip. This is what I look forward to and what I tell no one: the burn of it down my throat, to my soul curled up in my lungs, the sharpest pain all over it--it seizes and stretches, becoming alive again, and is the only thing that makes sense. At fifteen, Casey Legler is already one of the fastest swimmers in the world. She is also an alcoholic, isolated from her family, and incapable of forming lasting connections with those around her. Driven to compete at the highest levels, sent far away from home to train with the best coaches and teams, she finds herself increasingly alone and alienated, living a life of cheap hotels and chlorine-worn skin, anonymous sexual encounters and escalating drug use. Even at what should be a moment of triumph--competing at age sixteen in the 1996 Olympics--she is an outsider looking in, procuring drugs for Olympians she hardly knows, and losing her race after setting a new world record in the qualifying heats. After submitting to years of numbing training in France and the United States, Casey can see no way out of the sinister loneliness that has swelled and festered inside her. Yet wondrously, when it is almost too late, she discovers a small light within herself, and senses a point of calm within the whirlwind of her life. In searing, evocative, visceral prose, Casey gives language to loneliness in this startling story of survival, defiance, and of the embers that still burn when everything else in us goes dark
Summary
A coming-of-age memoir by a former Olympic swimmer describes the crippling loneliness that marked her athletic childhood and her struggles with addiction and self-destructiveness prior to her diagnosis with autism
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10677545
Cataloging source
NJB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Legler, Casey
Dewey number
  • 797.21092
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Legler, Casey
  • Olympic Games
  • Women swimmers
  • Women alcoholics
  • Drug addiction
  • Alcoholism
Target audience
adult
Label
Godspeed : a memoir, Casey Legler
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065147323
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
viii, 162 pages
Isbn
9781925713992
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
be2019007436
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1089838905
Label
Godspeed : a memoir, Casey Legler
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065147323
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
viii, 162 pages
Isbn
9781925713992
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
be2019007436
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1089838905

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