Brain in a Jar tells the gut-wrenching yet heart-warming tale of a pioneer in the fight against Alzheimers disease. Dr. Beauregard Lee Bercaw, an American neurologist and world traveler, believed from a very young age that Alzheimers was coming for him just as it had for his father. In an attempt to outsmart and outrun the disease, Dr. Bercaw embarks on one global adventure after another. He raises his beloved daughter Nancy to believe that she is a mermaid who can out-swim suffering if she puts her mind to it. When her father does succumb to Alzheimers, Nancy goes in search of his memories-Brain in a Jar is a Gothic tale of love, grief, genetics, obsession, adventure, fear and courage. The Bercaws might blow your mind while breaking your heart, but theyll show you why Alzheimers disease must take center stage in politics, medicine and art.
About the Author
Born in the Philippines, Nancy Stearns Bercaw has since lived in Kenya, Korea, Singapore, London, Louisiana, Arizona, Florida, Virginia, New York and Quebec and today makes her home with her son David and husband Allan Nicholls in Burlington, Vermont, United States. Her work as a journalist has appeared around the world from the Korea Herald to the New York Times. Brain in a Jar - A daughters journey through her fathers memory, is her first book. A national championship swimmer during college, Nancy was inducted into the University of South Floridas inaugural athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.