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Timberland Reads Together - 2016

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Timberland Reads Together


October 2016

12th annual Timberland Reads Together (TRT) features the book "The Boys in the Boat"
by Daniel James Brown


Find the book or the audiobook  The Boys in the Boat in the library catalog.

TRT Events - include movies, music, activities, and book discussions or pick up a Readers Guide at any Timberland library. It includes information about the author, related events, suggested reading and questions for thought and discussion.

Do you read eBooks or download audio books from OverDrive? You can borrow The Boys in the Boat and other suggested titles from this Timberland Reads Together Currated List.

Timberland Reads Together - 2016

The Boys in the Boat celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team—nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans.

The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers from the American West, the boys took on and defeated successive echelons of privilege and power. They vanquished the sons of bankers and senators rowing for elite eastern universities. They defeated the sons of British aristocrats rowing for Oxford and Cambridge. And finally, in an extraordinary race in Berlin they stunned the Aryan sons of the Nazi state as they rowed for gold in front of Adolf Hitler.

Against the grim backdrop of the Great Depression, they reaffirmed the American notion that merit, in the end, outweighs birthright. They reminded the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together. And they provided hope that in the titanic struggle that lay just ahead, the ruthless might of the Nazis would not prevail over American grit, determination, and optimism.

And even as it chronicles the boys’ collective achievement, The Boys in the Boat is also the heart warming story of one young man in particular. Cast aside by his family at an early age, abandoned and left to fend for himself, Joe Rantz rows not just for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard, to dare again to trust in others, and to find his way back to a place he can call home.

Timberland Reads Together (TRT) is an annual program of the Timberland Regional Library that promotes and celebrates reading and community. One book is chosen each year that has widespread appeal across various interests. Everyone in the five-county library district is encouraged to read the book and to attend free book discussions, author presentations, live performances and programs throughout the month of October at local Timberland libraries and other venues.

In its 12th year of success in bringing communities together and adding a richness and depth to the experience of reading, Timberland Reads Together exemplifies Timberland Regional Library’s mission to provide information, resources, services and places where all people are free to read, learn, connect and grow.

Previous TRT Programs

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