Monday, July 22, 2013

Staff Picks

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown is a fascinating read about a rowing team from the University of Washington in the 1930s.  The boys are growing up and maturing into men during the Great Depression.  Their humble beginnings and hopeful dreams of a better life are only part of the story. 

 The author, Daniel James Brown did his research on all aspects related to the people and the times. In doing so, he offers a vivid picture of the socioeconomic landscape of 1930s America (brutal), the relentlessly demanding effort required of an Olympic-level rower, the exquisite brainpower and materials that go into making a first-rate boat, and the wiles of a coach who somehow found a way to, first, beat archrival University of California, then conquer a national field of qualifiers, and finally, defeat the best rowing teams in the world. A book that informs as it inspires." Booklist Reviews (2012)

Joan Dudzinski
Information Specialist