Pinot & Prose Book Club selection for February, 2015 is “The Boys In The Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown.

Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.

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The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.

Drawing on the boys’ own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant.  (Publisher’s Summary)

Join us for the book discussion on Wednesday, February 25th at 11:30 a.m. at Walter Mitty’s Restaurant.

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2 Responses to Pinot & Prose Book Club selection for February, 2015 is “The Boys In The Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown.

  1. Berniece Owen says:

    I continue to follow the Retiree activities from afar! I’m sorry I won’t hear the discussion about this book! I recently read it for a McMinnville book group. We thought it was a very interesting story and very well written. I knew nothing about crew rowing before, and feel like an expert now! And it was great to read about a son of the Depression overcoming very difficult circumstances. Top notch read!

  2. Jerry Donnelly says:

    Good to hear from you Berniece. I hope things are going well for you in your new locale. I also read this book last summer and enjoyed it.

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