Thursday, July 3rd, will mark the 5th meeting of our newest book club, Non Fiction Addiction! If you haven’t been joining us, I can promise you that you’ve been missing out. We’ve discussed topics from prison camps in North Korea to lavender fields in France to architecture during the World’s Fair in Chicago.
This month we’re reading Daniel James Brown’s “The Boys in the Boat.” It’s about a rowing crew at the University of Washington that competed for gold during the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin. It’s fascinating because, much like “The Devil in the White City,” you have two stories running side-by-side, with a stark contrast between light and dark. Because while you’re learning about these young men and their rowing, you’re also learning about the rise of Hitler to power during the early and mid-1930’s. It’s chilling and heart pounding, and you won’t be able put it down! Here’s what a reviewer from the Associated Press had to say: “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.” And what better way to celebrate the upcoming July 4th holiday than by learning more about some great Americans? Please join us Thursday, July 3rd at 6:00 in the Library Community Room. As always, there will be food, friends, and plenty of discussion.