Calling all male and female readers! The Boys in the Boat is a must-read! Robin will soon have copies of this inspiring novel available at the library. Please join us at Shanti’s home on Saturday, November 23, from 11 to 1, for our next book club meeting. If you are able to attend, kindly RSVP to Robin on or before November 16 so that Shanti has a head count in advance of the meeting.
The Boys in the Boat celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team—nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans.
The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers from the American West, the boys took on and defeated successive echelons of privilege and power. They vanquished the sons of bankers and senators rowing for elite eastern universities. They defeated the sons of British aristocrats rowing for Oxford and Cambridge. And finally, in an extraordinary race in Berlin they stunned the Aryan sons of the Nazi state as they rowed for gold in front of Adolf Hitler.
Against the grim backdrop of the Great Depression, they reaffirmed the American notion that merit, in the end, outweighs birthright. They reminded the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together. And they provided hope that in the titanic struggle that lay just ahead, the ruthless might of the Nazis would not prevail over American grit, determination, and optimism. https://www.danieljamesbrown.com/books/the-boys-in-the-boat/#.Xatv8uhKhPY
And our thanks to Jeanine Cunningham for opening up the back of the cafe for our book club meeting on October 19th! We enjoyed our time together – along with yummy homemade soup, and hot tea & coffee.