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The Boys in the Boat
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December 1, 2015

Saratoga Reads announces book of choice for community reading

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown has been selected by public vote as this year's book of choice for Saratoga Reads, a community-wide reading program.

Boys in the Boat coverThe Boys in the Boat reached the number 1 slot on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction paperbacks in 2014. The book's subtitle, "Nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Olympics," gives an instant overview, but the real story lies in the personal struggles and travails behind the scenes.

Set during the Great Depression, the book tells the improbable story of how nine working-class young men from the American West competed for the Gold Medal in rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coat and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler.

At the core of the story is Joe Rantz, a teenager abandoned by his family, who manages to defy the odds. Through sheer perseverance, he finishes high school, attends the University of Washington in Seattle, and makes it through the fierce competition to the university's top rowing team.

"The individual stories of these young men are almost as compelling as the rise of the team itself. Brown excels at weaving the stories with the larger narrative, all culminating in the 1936 Olympic Games," said the Seattle Times. "The narrative rises inexorably, with the final 50 pages blurring by with white-knuckled suspense as these all-American underdogs pull off the unimaginable."


Saratoga Reads! Season Kickoff Party!
December 9, 2015

Join us at Northshire Bookstore Saratoga for a party celebrating the start of the Saratoga Reads season!

Enter a door prize raffle, enjoy complimentary refreshments courtesy of Healthy Living Market & Cafe, and recieve a 10% discount off this year's Saratoga Reads book of choice - which will be announced on December 1.


Northshire Bookstore Saratoga
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Date and Time:
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

Featured Event

Film and Discussion:
A Hero for Daisy
Saratoga Springs Public Library, 1:30 pm

A Hero for Daisy is an inspiring film about the courage and determination of two-time Olympic rower Chris Ernst. In 1976 Chris galvanized her Yale rowing team to protest Yale's inadequate and second-class facilities for female athletes. Nineteen athletes stormed the athletic directors office and stripped, exposing the phrase "Title IX" in blue marker on their backs. The story, picked up by The New York Times, created immediate awareness of Title IX across the country.

Special guests participating who can offer their rowing insights will include Eric Catalano, Saratoga Rowing Association Executive Director and Kristi Wagner, Yale alumna who raced on the US under23 world championships team and has done a lot with film and sport and knows this movie well.

Light refreshments will be served.

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