Water’s Edge: Women Who Push The Limits in Rowing, Kayaking and Canoeing by Linda Lewis, Berkeley, California, Seal Press, January 15, 1992, Paperback, 288 pages, from $0.01 (Used) to $19.95 (New), www.amazon.com, reviewed by John G Hall
Linda Lewis’ book Water’s Edge is over 20 years -old, however, it remains a remarkably relevant because of the way Lewis reveals the many contributions women have made in watersports. According to Publishers Weekly, “Each of the 10 chapters in this exciting look at female athletes focuses on a woman or group of women who have accomplished incredible feats on the water.” Feats that include seven women who paddled three canoes 630 miles up the Back River to the Arctic Ocean; the eight-person U.S. crew that won a gold medal in rowing in the 1984 Olympics and the first woman to paddle a canoe around the Baja Peninsula.
The reviewer for Publishers Weekly also observed, “Lewis offers just the right amount of straightforward explanation about the sports themselves so that even the uninitiated can follow the action.” In addition, Lewis “Illustrates the importance of sports and convincingly portrays how identifying, training for and achieving a goal permeate the athlete's entire life with self-confidence.”
Linda Lewis writes primarily for a Young Adult audience. As a result, “These easy-to-read biographies of some of the stars of water sports, according to the School Library Journal, “emphasize the tremendous strides women have made in athletics since the 1970s.
Furthermore, “The book not only explains the joys, trials, and mystique of each of the activities, but also profiles ten athletes who have made their mark on these sports from the first pioneers to today's Olympic champions. The world of rowing, kayaking, and canoeing is opened up to readers as Lewis describes the lives of such figures as Ernestine Bayer, Kris Karlson, and Valerie Fons.”
Linda Lewis is a freelance writer, journalist and novelist. Her first successful novel was We Hate Everything But Boys. From 1985 to 1993, she wrote eleven young adult novels, published by Simon & Schuster. Lewis is still married to Lenny, her childhood sweetheart, whose adventures were chronicled in her books. They live today in Boynton Beach, Florida. They have two children and a grandson.