Library Book Club – Sunday May 21, 3-4 p.m.

The Library Book Club selection for May is The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown.

Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion on Sunday, May 21, from 3:00 – 4:00 in the library meeting room.

About the book:  Out of the depths of the Depression comes a story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times – the improbable account of how nine working-class boys showed the world at the 1936 Olympics what true grit really meant.  It was an unlikely quest from the start.  The University of Washington’s crew team, assembled by enigmatic coach and mentored by an eccentric British boat builder, was composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers.  They were never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, transforming the sport, grabbing the attention of millions of Americans, and shocking the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler.  Their trust in each other made them a victorious team, reminding us what can be done when everyone pulls together – a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.  The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world.  Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest. — &

Upcoming selections:

June 18:  Black Holes and Other Songs from Outer Space, by Janna Levin

July 16:  Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey

For more information about the Book Club, call Tania Hajjar at 970/249-9656 (ext. 3).