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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans & Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat is the kind of nonfiction book that reads like a novel. Centered around the life of Joe Rantz-a farmboy from the Pacific Northwest who was literally abandoned as a child-and set during the Great Depression, The Boys in the Boat is a character-driven story with a natural crescendo that will have you racing to the finish. In 1936, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team raced its way to the Berlin Olympics for an opportunity to challenge the greatest in the world. How this team, largely composed of rowers from “foggy coastal villages, damp dairy farms, and smoky lumber towns all over the state,” managed to work together and sacrifice toward their goal of defeating Hitler’s feared racers is half the story. The other half is equally fascinating, as Brown seamlessly weaves in the story of crew itself. This is fast-paced and emotional nonfiction about determination, bonds built by teamwork, and what it takes to achieve glory.
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Nicholas Kristof is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and NY Times Columnist who focuses on human rights and social justice. He and his wife wrote this new book which is a unique narrative about making a difference in the world and is a road-map to becoming a conscientious global citizen. Equal in urgency and compassion to their previous book Half the Sky , A Path Appears offers a deep examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the myriad ways we can support them, whether with a donation of five dollars or five million, an inkling to help or a useful skill to deploy.
The authors examine the art and science of giving, determining the current most successful local and global aid initiatives (on issues from education to inner-city violence to disease prevention), evaluating the efficiency and impact of specific approaches and charities, as well as fund-raising. They show us how particular people have made a difference, and offer practical advice on how best each of us can give and what we can personally derive from doing so.
The Book Club will get together briefly before the event and if people are interested, we can linger after the event at a restaurant or coffee shop nearby and discuss the event. One great draw – no advance reading is required! ;)