Number 4!
Number 4!

For the rest of the year, we're counting down our top ten favorite books of 2013, one a day, as voted on by the Darien librarians! Coming in at number 4: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown. This was one of our Fall Book Discussion titles and has been a book group favorite since its release. Barbara M., one of the discussion leaders, wrote: "It’s a compelling story about the American rowing team which won a gold medal in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The book focuses on one crew member, Joe Rantz, a young man who endured many hardships growing up. It’s easy to compare this book to Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand as they are both about underdogs succeeding against insurmountable odds.”

And Ann, the other discussion leader, added: “This is one of the best books I have read in quite a long time. This is the wonderful true story of the University of Washington’s crew team that made it to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. As a reader you follow the makings of the team and their journey to gold. The author interviews Joe Krantz, one of the crew members, and various teammates and family. You might not be interested in crew as a sport but you will care about these young men and the rowing aspects will only be a part of the story. I also found the historical facts that Mr. Brown included about America at the time as well as Germany to be fascinating. I can’t recommend this book enough.”

(Miss the earlier parts of our countdown? Check out books #10, #9, #8, #7, #6, and #5 and follow along...)

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