Greater Clarks Hill Regional Library


The Boys in the Boat: Book Review

Keisha Evans
Mar 6, 2016

I was asked to blog for our library. BLOGGING!!!...I had the faintest idea of where to start. I even asked my sixteen year old for ideas and of course she had none to offer. Go figure! Now what was I supposed to do?! Well after months of contemplating, I had the epiphany of blogging about books our book club has currently read. This will “kill two birds with one stone”. Not only will I fulfill the requirement of blogging, I will give readers an idea of what to expect. I might even spark an interest for some to read out of their norm. Who knows? Either way, it’s a win, win situation.

In February, our group read The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown. Really?! Do we really have to read this book?! Yes, really. Okay…sooo…we gave it a shot. That is what makes this group so special. It is made up of so many different people…so many different styles…so many different reading preferences. I have to LOL because some material the club absolutely love and can agree on. However, there are those times when those “controversial” books arise. I secretly enjoy those but don’t tell anyone. J

Okay…back to the subject. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is a nonfiction book…something I also secretly prefer…celebrated the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight –oar rowing team. It’s about nine, working class guys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of many Americans.

When I first started reading this book…I will be honest…I fell asleep NUMEROUS times. However, wait…just wait. It does pick up. And pretty soon, you will find yourself engaged in every single page. Don’t believe me? Read and believe the following reviews:

“If you imagined a great regatta of books about rowing, then Brown’s BOYS IN THE BOAT certainly makes the final heat….”—Boston Globe

“Cogent history…, and a surprisingly suspenseful tale of triumph.”—USA Today

“This riveting and inspiring saga evokes that of Seabiscuit…Readers need neither background nor interest in competitive rowing to be captivated by this remarkable and beautifully crafted history. Written with the drama of a compelling novel, it’s a quintessentially American story that burnishes the esteem in which we embrace what has come to be known as the Greatest Generation.”—Associated Press

Everyone in book club seemed to LOVE IT!!! You know what else? There are talks of making this amazing book into a movie…expect to see this one on the big screen soon. Sooo…if you want to be inspired while enjoying a beautifully written book, check it out at your nearest library. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Whew…that wasn’t too bad. Especially since this is my first blog. I’m actually looking forward to writing about next month’s book…White Fire by Preston & Child. We’ll see how this one goes.

Keisha…The Somewhat Book Reviewer and Blogger