Reading on the Pike: "The Boys in the Boat"
Come check out the Pike and chat about the latest great books.
Newcomers are always welcome! This bookclub meets in person on the third Wednesday of each month (or virtually in case of bad weather).
Location: We will meet outside by the flag pole picnic area in front of The Career Center entrance.
October book selection: "The boys in the boat: Nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics" by Daniel James Brown.
The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany, the inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of '36, broadcast to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the boys' gold medal race. For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. 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 of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, 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.
Registration Required. Registered patrons will be sent a Zoom link.
Please call 703-228-5710 for more information.
We are reading:
- Nov. 17: The Nightingale by kristin Hannah
- Dec. 15: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
- Jan. 19: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
- Feb 16: Americanah by Chimamanda N Adichie
- Mar. 16: Beartown by Fredrik Backman
- Apr. 20: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
- May 6: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohleben