‘Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX’
By Ginny Gilder Beacon Press, 2015 $26.95 272 pages Gilder’s own inner critic—a voice she had to silence before she could excel at the sport she needed to her core.
She also had to come to terms with all aspects of herself—including her sexuality.
I’m very happy to say that “Course Correction,” while sometimes a little rough in a firsttime-author way is, overall, a nice surprise.
Between a breathless story of the making of an athlete, author Ginny Gilder writes of the past that caused her to lose faith in herself, even as she was gaining strength, physically and intellectually. That uncertainty of self—a big part of this book—led to many regrettable decisions, and is portrayed so well that it’s hard not to feel empathetic. That empathy only leads us to want more.
Add in heart-pounding accounts of races and trials and you’ve got a nice memoir about a subject that’s largely unsung by an author to watch. And if that sounds like an ideal read to you, then try “Course Correction.” This book is but a dream.