One Maryland, One Book: Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
For eight years, One Maryland, One Book has helped bring diverse communities throughout Maryland together through the shared experience of reading the same book. Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics has been selected as the 2015 One Maryland, One Book with the theme of “Sports: the human drama of athletic competition.”
Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the book tells the largely forgotten story of the University of Washington rowing team’s gold medal triumph at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin (“The Nazi Olympics”). It is a story of teamwork, struggle, and triumph as the working-class rowing team’s friendship and determination overcame the might of Hitler’s Olympians.
Middletown Branch Library will be holding book discussion groups on Thursday, September 10th at 6:30 P.M. and Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 P.M, as will Brunswick Library on Tuesday, October 27th at 6 P.M.
Urbana Library will be hosting Bob Bofinger, former Olympic contender, who will speak about his experience at whitewater events, to be followed by a book discussion group at 6:45 P.M. on Wednesday, October 21st.