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‘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.

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