Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream

Diana Nyad


Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream

Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream

  • Title: Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream
  • Author: Diana Nyad
  • ISBN: 9780804172912
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback

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One of the Best Books of the Year Los Angeles TimesOn September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty four, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in fifty three hours Diana carried three poignant messages on her way across this stretch of shark infested waters, aOne of the Best Books of the Year Los Angeles TimesOn September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty four, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in fifty three hours Diana carried three poignant messages on her way across this stretch of shark infested waters, and she spoke them to the crowd in her moment of final triumph 1 Never, ever give up 2 You re never too old to chase your dreams 3 It looks like a solitary sport, but it s a Team Millions of people around the world cheered this maverick on, moved by her undeniable tenacity to be the first to make the historic crossing without the aid of a shark cage At the end of her magnificent journey, after thirty five years and four crushing failures, the public found hope in Diana s perseverance They were inspired by her mantra find a way that led her to realize a dream in her sixties that had eluded her as a young champion in peak form.In Find a Way, Diana engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit Diana was a world champion in her twenties, setting the record for swimming around Manhattan Island, along with other ocean swim achievements, all of which rendered her a star at the time Back then, she made the first attempt at the Mount Everest of swims, the Cuba Swim, but after forty two hours and seventy nine miles she was blown desperately off course Her dream unfulfilled, she didn t swim another stroke for three decades.Why, at sixty four, was she able to achieve what she could not at thirty How did her dramatic failures push her to success What inner resources did Diana draw on during her long days and nights of training, and how did the power of the human spirit trump both the limitations of the body and the forces of nature across this vast, dangerous wilderness This is the gripping story of an athlete, of a hero, of a bold mind This is a galvanizing meditation on facing fears, engaging in our lives full throttle, and living each day with no regrets.


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Diana Nyad is one tough woman. She is the person who swam from Cuba to Florida when she was 64. That's right, 64. It was her fifth attempt. When Nyad was 26, she swam around the island of Manhattan, setting a world speed record. She also set a distance record for swimming from the Bahamas to Florida. And I hear she's good at playing squash.This memoir covers Nyad's life from childhood to her 60s, but it jumps around and meanders quite a bit, almost as if her thoughts were being swayed by ocean w [...]

Diana Nyad is my nomination for patron saint for those over age sixty who are searching for new challenges. Those striving for persistence and endurance can also find solace in her story as well. She first tried to swim from Cuba to the United States in 1978 at age twenty-eight and failed. Then she went on to her midlife career consisting of broadcast journalism and motivational speaker. As she approached her retirement years she decided to try that swim again at age sixty. Again she failed, but [...]

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Mary OliverDiana Nyad is nothing short of an inspiration, whether one is looking for a story of athletic achievement, triumph over adversity, dogged refusal to give to give up on a goal, or fully embracing life long after conventional wisdom might have said the best days were behind you."Find a Way" is a chronicle of Diana Nyad's life, including her successful record-setting 110.86 mile swim from Cuba to Florida (52 hours [...]

Excellent memoir. More than a book about an extreme athlete, this is a book about courage, determination, and the amazing power of the human spirit. Must read.

Absolutely incredible. At the end of this book, Nyad writes, in her author's notes, "Eighty percent of what I wrote isn't in the book, but the pursuit of recalling a lifetime of experiences proved to be one of the most illuminating things I've ever done. Perspective of what was in the end important surfaced. Gratitude for this rocket ship of a life I've gotten to live overwhelmed me."This book is so much more than the quest to reach Florida from Cuba as an open water swimmer, it is a true exampl [...]

After reading this memoir, I seriously would rather climb Mt. Everest than attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida.Diana Nyad relates her multiple attempts to complete this swim, and it certainly is inspirational. Talk about tenacity and energy. Honestly, I felt like the mental effort to simply organize her attempt(s) were equal to the physical effort of the swimming. I was exhausted merely reading about it.Her message is one she encapsulates toward the end of her book in the following quote:Whatev [...]

I loved reading about this extreme athlete who refused to give up on her dream. Yep, at age 64 she swam for 52 hours from Cuba to Florida. Two years later, she gives us a gift---her story. She figures out how to solve problems like those danged box jellyfish that sideline many others. The dedication of her team and her love for them is crystal clear. She was molested by an Olympic coach but appeared to use every negative experience as a way to strengthen her spirit. She trained relentlessly and [...]

I am just in awe of this woman. She was one of my favorite NPR commentators and her storytelling skills transfer well to this autobiography. Her mental discipline through 50+ hours of nonstop swimming, repeatedly trying an unprecedented athletic feat in her 60s that she failed at in her 20s, her journalism career, and her physical abilities all just blow me away. Highly recommended.

Very inspiring. Some of the challenges Diana Nyad went through to achieve her dream were unbelievable! What a warrior woman. From her childhood, where sexual abuse turned her into an overachiever, to her mid-sixties, where she has one more chance to achieve her lifelong dream, Nyad inspires, yet she's very human. She is introspective, suffers emotionally, wonders about herself, but in the end, gets on with it. This is a story not just of super-human athletic accomplishment, but also of rebirth a [...]

What a great story. I needed a story of someone who never gave up even when the world said differently. May we all have a passion like Diana Nyad and be able to doggedly pursue the dream.

Because I miss swimming so much I decided to torture myself / live vicariously through Diana Nyad in her memoir about her 110-mile swim through deadly box jellyfish infested waters from Cuba to Florida in 52 nonstop hours at the age of 64. It took her FIVE attempts to finally accomplish this, 35 years.For a long time the long distance open water swim record was the infamous English Channel swim - 21 miles. When she was in her 20’s she broke that record by swimming 28 miles around Manhattan. Wh [...]

surreal! <3

A compelling memoir by Diana Nyad that tells the story of the life, starting with her dad whose sometimes charm was outweighed by his frequent abuse and even more frequent absences and her mom whose love and spirit was diminished by her failure to protect Diana and her other children. The story continues with her early successful swimming career and a recounting of her being sexually abused by her coach. The story of her abuse is frank and detailed with the exception that she does not name the c [...]

Diana Nyad made headlines when at the age of 64, she swam from Cuba to Key West. Not only was this achievement awe-inspiring in itself, it was even more incredible given that when she decided to give the 110-mile swim another try (she had failed once in her 30s), she had not swum for thirty years.Ms. Nyad's book begins on the cobblestone streets of Old Havana as she anticipates the first strokes of her challenge. From there, she backtracks to her childhood with a remote French mother and an abus [...]

My rating for this book is an average-I give Diana Nyad and her amazing athletic accomplishments 5 stars and her book 3 (maybe even 2) stars. Before reading this, I knew that Nyad had been the first person to swim from Cuba to the US but I didn't realize she was 64 years old at the time or that the swimming wasn't the hard part, the hard part was coming up with ways to stay fed and hydrated, to keep sharks away, to navigate the most direct course, and to protect herself from jellyfish stings. I [...]

The world was in awe when Diana Nyad turned up on the beach of Key West, having crossed the ocean from Cuba at age 64. After reading this biography, "Find a Way," readers will soon see they don't know the half of it. All of the long hours training, the deadly jellyfish, the haywire ocean currents, the 55 hours and 100-plus miles of swimming only begin to tell the tale of what Nyad overcame to reach her dream.She had first tried the Cuba to Florida crossing in her 20s, as were many other swimmers [...]

What a story! Diana Nyad left her Phd program in literature when she discovered her talent for distance ocean swimming, and she still has an ear for a story. A book about swimming long distance doesn't necessarily sound that interesting. But the journey to swimming from Cuba to Florida was exciting and dangerous and involved an unbelievable number of people. She read the audiobook and did a great job with the voices. Several times while listening to this I thought to myself that this would be a [...]

It's difficult to imagine the person who wouldn't be fascinated by, touched by, inspired by Diana Nyad's memoir Find A Way. It is so much more than a mere chronicling of her epic swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida, in 2013, at age 64.It's a breathing, pulsing offering of an extraordinary person's lifelong journey to get to her "other shore," but meant to reflect back to each and every reader that we too get to live our " one wild and precious life" with purpose, passion, and intensity, [...]

If has a 5-star scale, then I give this book 6 stars. Ever since I read "The Orchard" by Adele Crockett Robertson, I have been in love with the Memoir/Biography genre. To glimpse into the life of someone so dedicated to a life mission is true inspiration to me. Diana Nyad's story, from page one, captivated and delighted me, cover to cover. It resonated with me on so many levels: friendship, love, feminism, athleticism, dedication, teamwork Her writing entranced me. I loved the impressionistic, [...]

I have very mixed feelings about this book. No matter what my other opinions are, Diana Nyad is one of the most amazing athletes I have ever read about. Her strength of both mind and body is simply amazing. That said, I don't think she is a particularly great writer (she jumps all over the place in many instances making it difficult to follow her story). I also do not agree with her morals and feel that she is a pretty selfish person. She accomplished her dream but at what cost to her relationsh [...]

I have no time for so-called inspirational literature, but swimming is my thing and I was much taken with a piece on Nyad in the New Yorker a couple of years ago. Although she rabbits on a bit too long at the end about her values and the meaning of her Dream, on the whole, this was a very engrossing read. She writes persuasively and makes every minute of her journey captivating to follow. I wish she'd chosen to include more info about her sponsors and the financial side of this huge operation. H [...]

Diana Nyad is both incredibly inspiring and obsessive and narcissistic. She attempted 5 times over the course of nearly 40 years to swim from Havana Cuba to Key West, Florida. The narrative of her story starts at the beginning of the end, goes back to the beginning, then on to the end of the end interesting way to tell an inherently linear story. Nyad's childhood was fraught with disturbing and difficult-to-read events, but she told the stories without focusing too much on the horrible details, [...]

I got to meet the author at a library conference this year - how cool! Unfortunately, I hadn't yet read her book, but that was fine. She is the narrator of her own audio book, and it was fun to listen again to the same enthusiasm she displayed during the talk I saw her give. The title was inspired by Mary Oliver's poem in which she asks - "so tell me, what are you going to do with your one wild and precious life?" Nyad gained fame and notoriety for being the first person to successfully swim una [...]

Diana Nyad is an extreme ultra-swimmer, which is incredible as is her journey.I'm a swimmer myself, so I can definitely admire her determination and the never give up mentality, just remarkable!Diana Nyad is not, however, a good story-teller. I did appreciate the occasional sarcasm/jokes, but overall it was hard for me to follow the "plot" and order of events.

Inspiring. I'm not a swimmer and can't totally appreciate the magnitude of her swim from Cuba to Key West, but you can't help but be awestruck by Diana Nyad's strength of will, determination to keep pursuing her dream, and what she has been able to accomplish.

Spoiler Alerts.We as readers of Diana Nyad's book "Find a Way" learn that a boldly lived life offers much in terms of striving, sacrifice, and perseverance. While the recently begun 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics reminds us that the life-questing championships sometimes engender disappointments like not competing in an Olympics, the life lessons Nyad teaches us with "Find a Way" fundamentally get outweighed for Nyad in showing us that life often is about our responses to setbacks.The boo [...]

This lady is fierce. She doesn’t let things get in the way. She doesn’t play the victim. Onward is what she says. Commitment. Real commitment of hours of training every single day. No excuses. Mentally strong. She didn’t let age or abuse or anything in the world stop her from achieving what she wants.I enjoyed listening to her journey, maybe it will spark something in me and lift me from the current rut phase I’m in.Spoilers:Side note: She talked about her brother and how he was homeless [...]

I had the honor of meeting Diana in 2016, when she gave a talk at a town hall event in Seattle. She is a larger-than-life person, on stage and on the page. She is a titan, a brightly shining star, and a total badass. It took her five attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida, and she finally did it while following her guiding principle: Never give up. During her training, sports scientists told Diana she would never be able to reach Florida because she wouldn't be able to consume enough calories to [...]

This is the amazing autobiography of Diana Dyad who persevered to swim from Cuba to Florida without stopping. Her key advice on doing this venture 4 times before finally succeeding on the 5th try:1. Never quit2. You're never to old to pursue your dreams3. This epic accomplishment was a team effortShe swam through shark-infested waters and encountered many jelly fish stings, many which caused her to have to stop short of her goal. Jelly fish stings, by certain species, are very deadly. This was a [...]

I listened to the first two or three chapters, read by the author herself. I had never heard of her before. She is to be commended for her will and ability to endure and to make the best of difficult situations. It was hard to hear of the abuse she endured as a child, and yet I’m sure that played a major role in her ability to focus on the difficult tasks she set before herself by giving her the “skill” to disassociate her mind from the pain she endured in her long swims. I decided to not [...]


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