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BOOK CLUB BEAT with Sherry Hemingway The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Rating: GLASSES & GLASSES Book Club (Morgan Hill) started as a group of Oakwood School moms and teachers. Six years later, the kids are older and the gang is still together. Members (left to right): Kristen Barthelman, Sue Cardillo Wilson, Beth McGowen, Lis Power, Stacey Daprile, Alison Talley, Christina Gluhaich, Nusheen Zarnegar, Renie Williams. Missing: Kim Jew, Cathleen Reisenauer, Pat Thompson, Patty Medaglia, Christine Keane, and Gwen Dorcich. WHAT OTHER BOOK CLUBS ARE READING: Opinionated Ladies, Morgan Hill – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel The Girlfriend Book Club, Gilroy – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr BookSmart Book Lovers Club – The Enchanted by Rene Deerfield Eagle Ridge #1 – The Whip by Karen Kondazian Glasses & Glasses, Morgan Hill – The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant Books with Dessert, Morgan Hill Library – The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Enriquez Gilroy Library Book Club – Time and Again by Jack Finney SHERRY HEMINGWAY spent her childhood after lights out with a book and flashlight under the covers. With degrees from Kent State University and Harvard University, her lifelong career was in journalism and public relations. Her hobbies are travel in (very) remote countries, volunteering, and two book clubs. It was after midnight, and I was asking myself, “Can this be me, unable to put down a book about rowing?” This precise sentiment was echoed by the Glasses & Glasses book club in Morgan Hill. Being in a book club means you frequently read books you would never, ever choose on your own. That wonderment was dawning again reading Boys in the Boat, the true story of nine University of Washington athletes whose stamina and performance embarrassed Hitler in what was supposed to be Der Fuehrer’s triumph of German superiority. Boys in the Boat is an against-all-odds saga about a few dirt poor sons of Pacific Northwest farmers, fishermen and lumberjacks, who counted on rowing to help them get a college education. The story follows Joe Rantz, a youth abandoned by his parents on the Olympic Peninsula during the Great Depression. The boy had survived entirely on his own by illegally poaching salmon and foraging for forest edibles, all the while maintaining good grades in school. Determined to get money for tuition, Joe tries out for crew because it guarantees a part-time job at the university. Living at the YMCA and wearing the same pathetically shabby sweater every day, Joe takes on the gentlemanly sport of rowing. He and several similarly challenged teammates persevere through grueling tryouts, daily icy waters and winds, and peer ridicule for the honor of vying against rowing teams from some of the most moneyed Ivy-League schools in the country. The book reads like a heart-racing, come-from-behind Seabiscuit thriller, not what you would expect in a story about nine guys in a rowing shell. Each competition is a page turner, and the historical context of the Depression and rise of Hitler is seamlessly woven throughout. So far this year, at least four local book clubs, including this month’s featured club, have read this book and given it their thumbs up. If you are interested in reading this non-fiction novel and visiting a book club open to the public, Boys in the Boat is slated for discussion at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 18 at the Book Lovers Reading Club at BookSmart in Morgan Hill. 70 G M H T O D A Y M A G A Z I N E MAY / JUNE 2015 gmhtoday.com BOOK CLUB BEAT with Sherry Hemingway The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Rating: GLASSES & GLASSES Book Club (Morgan Hill) started as a group of Oakwood School moms and teachers. Six years later, the kids are older and the gang is still together. Members (left to right): Kristen Barthelman, Sue Cardillo Wilson, Beth McGowen, Lis Power, Stacey Daprile, Alison Talley, Christina Gluhaich, Nusheen Zarnegar, Renie Williams. Missing: Kim Jew, Cathleen Reisenauer, Pat Thompson, Patty Medaglia, Christine Keane, and Gwen Dorcich. WHAT OTHER BOOK CLUBS ARE READING: Opinionated Ladies, Morgan Hill – Station Eleven by Mи)5)Qɱɥ Ոɽ䃊L)ѡ1Ё] ЁMѡ) MЁ 1ٕ́ ՈL)QѕIə)IăL)Q]-ɕ-饅)͕͕̰̀5ɝ!L)Q ѽɰф) ́ݥѠ͕а5ɝ!1Ʌ䃊L)Q Uݸɥ́ ɥѥɥՕ)ɽ1Ʌ ՈL)Q))M!IId!5%9]dЁȁ)ѕȁ́ЁݥѠ͡Ёչ)ѡ̸ٕ]Ѡɕ́ɽ-ЁMхє)Uٕͥ䁅!مɐUٕͥ䰁ȁ)ɕȁ݅́ɹʹՉɕ)ѥ̸!ȁ́ɔɅٕٕ䤁ɕє)չɥ̰ٽչѕɥݼՉ̸()4 P<d4h$8)%Ё݅́ѕȁа$͕݅́ͭq ѡ́)չѼЁݸЁɽݥtQ́ɕ͔)͕ѥЁ݅́ѡ͕͕̀́Ո)5ɝ!) Ո́ԁɕՕѱɕ)́ԁݽձٕȰٕȁ͔ȁݸQ)ݽɵЁ݅́ݹɕ ́ѡ а)ѡՔѽ䁽Uٕͥ䁽]͡ѽѡѕ)ݡ͔хəɵɅ͕!ѱȁ)ݡЁ͕݅́ѼȁՕɕˊéɥյ)ɵɥɥ) ́ѡ Ё́е́ͅЁ)Ёȁͽ́A9ѡݕЁɵ̰͡ɵ)յɩ̰ݡչѕɽݥѼѡЁ)ՍѥQѽ䁙́)I谁Ѡ)䁡́ɕ́ѡ=Aձɥ)ѡɕЁɕͥQ䁡٥ٕѥɕ䁽)ݸ䁥ͅɅȁɕ)̰ѡݡхɅ͍́)ѕɵѼЁ䁙ȁեѥ)ɥ́Ё)ɕ܁͔ЁՅɅѕ́еѥЁѡչٕͥ)1٥Ёѡe5 ݕɥѡͅѡѥ)͡ݕѕȁٕ䁑䰁)х́ѡѱ)Ёɽݥ!͕ٕɅͥɱ䁍ѕ)ѕ͕ٕ́ɔѡɽ՝Օ̰䁥݅ѕ)ݥ̰ȁɥձȁѡȁ她)ɽݥѕ́ɽͽѡЁ啐%1Ք)͍́ѡչ)Qɕ́еɅɽ)M͍եЁѡɥȰЁݡЁԁݽձЁѽ)Ё́ɽݥ͡ѥѥ́)ɹȰѡѽɥѕЁѡɕͥ)ɥ͔!ѱȁ͕́ͱݽٕѡɽ՝и)Mȁѡ́啅ȰЁЁȁՉ̰Ց)ѡ́ѣéɕՈٔɕѡٕ́)ѡȁѡյ́)%ԁɔѕɕѕɕѡ́ѥٕ)٥ͥѥՈѼѡՉ ́ѡ )́ͱѕȁ͍ͥЀ܁Q͑䰁)չЁѡ) 1ٕ́I ՈЁ MЁ5ɝ!)5d)U9)ѽ乍