I had the pleasure and good fortune today to attend an event on the heartwarming book, Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown. The City of Beverly Hills chose this book to read in their “One Book, One City,” program, and the author was presented this afternoon at Beverly Hills High School. Brown gave an overview of the story of the 9 members of the 1936 University of Washington crew that represented the U.S. in Hitler’s 1936 Olympics and how they came in first and won the gold.
Just so you know, is so much more to the book than a simple sports story! You get to know these boys from logging towns and farms in Washington during the Great Depression, and I got a glimmer of understanding of what it must have been like for my parents back then, especially my dad. He was born and raised in the logging town of Hoquiam on Grays Harbor, and he attended the U. of W. freshman year, at the same as some of the crew members.
What a book! I couldn’t put it down, and now that I have finished, want to go back and read it again, because I skipped over some of Brown’s scene-setting descriptions, so I could get on with the story. Now I want to take it all in.
After the program, I stood in line for Daniel Brown to sign my book and to get a photo with him. I am again inspired to have Growing Up with G.I. Joe’s be as good a book as I can make it!
And, stay tuned, because the Weinstein Brothers have the movie rights and I hope we can see it as a movie, soon.