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Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Wild meets The Boys in the Boat, a memoir about the quest for Olympic gold and the triumph of love over fear

Forty years ago, when a young Ginny Gilder stood on the edge of Boston’s Charles River and first saw a rowing shell in motion, it was love at first sight. Yearning to escape her family history, which included her mother’s emotional unraveling and her father’s
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Beacon Press
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I received this book for free through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers.

This is not typically a book I would read. I'm from California, so rowing is not a big sport here. I also had never heard of Ginny Gilder before either.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was incredibly well written. It was a bit melodramatic at times. I found the parts about her personal life to be more interesting than the parts on her rowing life and career. This is probably because I know very little about rowing.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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Disclaimer: I received this book as part of the GoodReads First Reads program.

This book tells the story of a woman who falls in love with the idea of rowing after seeing rowers one year as a young girl. When she goes to college, she discovers that there's a woman's rowing team and she tries out for and becomes a member of the team, over the coaches objections that she's too small. She rise to the varsity quickly and is a member of one of the best woman's rowing teams in the country. After
R J Mckay
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The path to the Olympic podium is arduous, no matter the sport. But Ginny Gilder also had another battle to overcome along the way: her own self-doubt.

When sixteen year old Ginny first saw a rowing shell in motion, she fell in love. When she began college at Yale the following year, she was able to realize that dream. But it wasn’t easy. She had to endure sore muscles, hours of training, injuries, her own health issues, and a coach who didn’t think she belonged in a shell. But even harder to
MX Golebiowski
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found this book very brave and honest. Ginny starts out as the underdog when she discovers rowing, not knowing much about the sport except that she'd like to learn. As someone who walked onto HS basketball try outs with no previous experience, I quickly related to her drive to overcome obstacles within an environment in which everyone was already well-versed.

I also enjoyed the mix of Ginny's personal struggles of how she "should" live her life verses how she eventually chose to live it. Ginny
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I received "Course Correction" by Ginny Gilder through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. I love history, sports, legal issues, etc., and so was intrigued by this book. On the positive side, I found the rowing details fascinating, as well as the general Title IX equality struggles. The high points are those involving her parents and their family problems - something to which we can all relate. Very moving stuff. Unfortunately the book contains far too much amateur psychology and too many ...more
Joyce Sullivan
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book at a Ginny Gilder book launch event and though I didn't know too much about her history and story, I found it a compelling, honest and riveting read. There are a number of themes in this book - Title IX, athletic training, home life challenges, personal growth, sexual awakening, profound loss and acceptance of one's true self in the face of society's otherwise less than approving judgment. I found it a compelling read with original language and honest reflections. Many lives ...more
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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I was surprised with this book as it was more interesting than I thought it would be just a story of Title IX. Instead it is an interesting look at an athlete's life to achieve sports goals but also growing as a person.
Over written in many places (fewer words could capture the same idea and emotions)it is an easy read.
The ending is somewhat disappointing as it leaves you hanging with what happened to the other people in her life after her big decision.
Also I would like to
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I was given an advanced copy! I hope to start it today.
This was a good read, although there were a few things that should have been caught in editing. Oh well - I've seen worse!
Her descriptions of training and racing and being an athlete are SO right on! She seems pretty honest about her personal life growing up and the difficulties she had with finding and accepting herself - in all ways - but it sometimes felt a little overwrought. Or maybe over-thought this long after the experience? At any
Emily Farrar
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books that you prolong finishing not because it's bad, but because it's so good and you don't want to finish it. I've read a lot of rowing-related books, but this by far is one of the best. Ginny Gilder captures the heart and soul of the sport and the pure addiction it creates. She weaves the nuances of the catch, drive and recovery into a story fraught with hardship but also showing how perseverance and determination can help anyone overcome the demons in their lives. I ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Lots and lots of very hard work and determination made Ginny Gilder an outstanding athlete and entrepreneur. She's the epitome of "don't take no for an answer". She sets a great example for all young women with dreams and the willingness to keep going after what they want. Ginny's childhood is proof that psychological abuse can be present even in affluence. I found this book's narrative somewhat uneven, but the point is clear, and Ginny's love of rowing and the stability and purpose that it gave ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am on page 164 of this 243 page book. I like the twists between rowing, training, personal and family struggles. Given that I am a novice rower who thinks about rowing often even when I am not out on the water early learning I find this an accurate account. It is hard to image training so hard, making an Olympic team only to have the U.S. Boycott the 1980 games. I admire Ginny Gilder's competitive pioneer spirit. Love reading about sport & over coming odds!
Ashley Donnell
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: coaching
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Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
What could have been a fantastic, insightful memoir is stifled with overdramatic prose. Some passages could have been tightened and/or cut as this work was much too lengthy. Still, it has its place as how many books can one think of about women's rowing, the politics of gender and sport, and a coming out story?
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Despite the Yale and Seattle connections, I just couldn't love this book. It seems that Ginny Gilder has never met a metaphor, simile, cliché or old adage she didn't like. Rowing as a metaphor for life, rowing as a metaphor for everything. I get it. I think that only rowing fanatics would really appreciate all the fine details.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it

Well done, Ginny Gilder. Great story of both individual struggle with the baggage of family history and the confidence required to break through -- break through in sports and in relationships. Good use of the rowing stroke as metaphor. Great descriptions of Yale and rowing culture, family dynamics and inner turmoil.
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting story of a girl learning to row and then questing to be the best despite her size. Learned about the history of title IX. Wasn't interested in her sex life.
Jeroen Nijs
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rowing and personal drama. What more could you want from a book?
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m a rower and therefore was really able to appreciate this story which draws analogies between life and rowing. The author captures the sport, it’s complexity, it’s challenges, and the physical and mental toughness it requires. I found the writing to be redundant and the storytelling was much more about “telling” than “showing” which made it less interesting than it could have been. I wished she had gone deeper into her life journey. I am also
Left wondering if Non-rowers would have been able
Gregg Davies
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure exactly what the book was about when I bought it. However, I thought it brilliant: honest to the point of near embarrassment for some of the characters. Well written too. The rowing metaphor applied throughout to various aspects of the author's life worked for me as an ex-rower.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed learning about her journey as an athlete, kept my interest throughout.
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
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Roger Smitter
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Anyone who has elected to take on a sport that requires repetition of the same movements over and over will like this book. They will also benefit from story of how she learned to love rowing. Like me, if you don’t know much about rowing, you will learn a lot about the sport and especially about the power of stamina and persistence.

Gilder’s biography also reveals the power of Title IX legislation at the federal level that greatly expanded the opportunities for women in competitive athletics.

Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this book very interesting. Gilder's family history left her somewhat self-destructive as she let her fear that she might become like her mother rule her. She would practice even when her doctor and coach told her not to, that she needed to rest her body so she could be healthy for rowing trials. She didn't say how her parents took her coming out as gay, but then her relationship with her mother was distant at best while her father was brusque but supportive. I kept reading to find out ...more
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received this in exchange for a review.
I really liked the book, but was not in love with the second by second plays in various sports.
The book is very well written, and talks about how we can change the course of our lives if we are given the chance. I was out of school before Title IX became a reality. One of the reasons I wanted to read this book was because I remember the big upset when it was passed. I recall seeing the boys in my school pushed in sports and realizing at the time it did not
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I grew up in the era before Title IX. I remember vividly playing basketball on the school playground, and swinging a bat during high school gym classes. But the only teams we rooted for were all boys, and the positions of importance for girls were the cheerleaders. By the time Title IX was fully enforced, I was out of school, but oh, my, were things different for my children! Ginny Gilder's story of resilience and determination struck a chord with me. What a remarkable telling of the overcoming ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
An interesting look at anxiety, perfectionism, and the pressure of the dysfunctional family on high-performance athletes (think Check, Please! with less swearing). The prose runs to the needlessly florid, and Gilder seems to suffer from athletes' common disdain for the non-Type A humans around them. If you can overlook feeling like the author of the memoir you're reading is subtly shaming your life choices while preaching the importance of listening to your own voice over the voices of others, ...more
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although there was a lot of rowing descriptions, Ginny also described a lot more of her life and what was affecting her drive and performance. Because she was appearing in town, I read the majority of the book in two days and it was possible to do so. I would have liked to have asked her many questions about her life and relationships, but the majority of the people in attendance hadn't read the book and I didn't want to ruin it for them.
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-a-copy
I found this book to very interesting - I really don't know anything about "rowing" but
she writes about the many obstacles to become a Winner - wonderful description
of rowing & the workouts - you feel the emotional traumas as she improves
& grows in the sport and life - excellent memoir of a female rower.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
A NYC girl has her life blown apart when her parents divorce, she sees competitive rowers and thinks she want to do that. Goes to college to row, rowing and relationship data. 1980 Olympics boycotted so she trains for 1984. Swearing.
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
Not blown away by this. The writing isn't great, and it gets a little too self-help/preachy for me.
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