Staff Review: "The Boys in the Boat"
This book is amazing! A great mix of technical explanation and the personal journey of the rowers, this is one book I couldn't put down. Throughout the book, we follow the story of Joe Rantz as he grows from a boy abandoned, to a resourceful teenager, to the young man who will struggle and do anything to make the Washington rowing team. His story will tug at your heartstrings and leave you with a resounding admiration for the strength and resiliency of the human spirit. The intensive training and personal struggles of his rowing crew will pull you in and leave you on the edge of your seat as you read through, race after race. I had goose bumps as I read their attempts at reaching qualification for the Olympic Games! Also added to the mix are many fascinating historical events that impacted the lives of the boys and everyone around them including economic hardship, the dust bowl, and Hitler's rise to power. I can’t say enough about what a great read this is. I highly recommend this book!