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Nancy Brook
Nancy Brook’s bike trek became the foundation for her book “Cycling, Wine, and Men: A Midlife Tour de France.” She will sign copies of her book tonight at Yellowstone Art Museum. (Courtesy photo)

Billings author Nancy Brook will preview her memoir “Cycling, Wine, and Men: A Midlife Tour de France” Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Yellowstone Art Museum during the Artwalk.

Brook will read from the book at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and will have a limited number of preview copies available for sale. The book will be publicly released in February 2011 by Morgan James Publishing, New York. Complimentary wine tasting will be provided by Merry Cellars.

“Cycling, Wine, and Men: A Midlife Tour de France” explores the author’s parallel journeys: one on a bicycle cycling across France; the other as a divorced woman cycling through men.

With one bounced check, Brook’s world collapsed around her. She was charged with a felony and thrown in jail even though her husband had pilfered money out of their business account. Eventually, the charges were dismissed, but her marriage and business were over. A decade later at age 43, Nancy thrived as a bank vice president and single parent. Still, she couldn’t get her dating act together. After seven break-ups in seven years, she knew it was time for a change.

The cure for her dating blues? She jetted off to France for a 700-mile cycling expedition from Bordeaux to the Alps. In France, Nancy wasn’t a corporate manager, a mother, or someone’s girlfriend;  she was reborn into a new world without responsibilities or expectations.

Written in a self-confession style, “Cycling, Wine, and Men: A Midlife Tour de France” chronicles an introspective journey through post-divorce dating, single parenthood, and finding happiness and independence as an unattached woman in her prime. Brook had thought the perfect guy would make life complete. Instead she learned that pursuing passions and fulfilling lifelong dreams created deeper fulfillment than her latest homme parfait.

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