Celebrated record-breaking swimmer Lynne Cox will be in St. Louis this week to present her new memoir, “Swimming in the Sink.”

photo by Ann Chatillion

An endurance athlete who set swimming records around the world, Cox was the first to swim the frigid waters of the Bering Strait, the Strait of Magellan, and the coast of Antarctica—and she was the fastest to swim the English Channel. But, as her story reveals, it is a different kind of struggle that pushes her to the brink. In a short period of time, Cox loses her father, and then her mother, and then Cody, her beloved Labrador retriever. Soon after, she herself is diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition that leaves her unable to swim and barely able to walk.

Against all odds—and with the support of her friends and family—Cox begins the slow pull toward recovery, reaching always for the open waters that give her the freedom and mastery that mean everything to her. What follows is “Swimming in the Sink,” a beautifully poignant meditation on loss and an exhilarating celebration of life.

Cox’s articles have appeared in many publications, among them The New YorkerThe New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Her previous books include “Grayson,” “Swimming to Antartica,” and “South with the Sun.”

She’ll appear at the St. Louis County Library headquarters for a discussion and book-signing on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.