The Boys in the Boat
June 12, 2017
NON-FICTION, RECOMMENDED FOR BOOK CLUBS, YOUNG ADULT
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I read this in the Young Adult version for a book club I am in and it proved to be a good read and even better discussion. Just so you know, this is a non-fiction book, but it reads more like fiction. It centers around a group of University of Washington crew members who travel to the 1936 German Olympics. A lot of the story is moved forward through the eyes of Joe, a young crew member who was abandoned by his family around age 15. Joe is big and tough, and he manages to somehow use both brains and muscle to go to college. His determination and grit are incredible. Match him up with a group of similar boys and you have magic. So, in closing, if you are looking for a story that will inspire both young and old, this might be it.