2014 One READ Winner: About “The Boys in the Boat” and Daniel Brown

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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” is an uplifting and fast-paced Cinderella story.

This nonfiction work describes the journey of nine working class young men from the University of Washington as they row their way out of obscurity and into the gold-medal race at the 1936 Olympic Games in Hitler’s Berlin. The story of poor, twice-orphaned Joe Rantz anchors this cinematic tale of passion and perseverance set against the struggles of the Great Depression and a looming Second World War. Drawing on interviews, journals and period photographs, Brown tells the fascinating story of these unlikely American heroes.

The book’s publisher calls “The Boys in the Boat” an “irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times.”

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Thank You for Your Nominations!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the 2014 One Read book! Nominations are now closed, but we will continue highlighting some of the suggested titles here at oneread.dbrl.org throughout the month of December. In January, our reading panel will meet to discuss all of the nominations and begin the process of narrowing down the list of finalists for a public vote in April.

Read about the nominated books we’ve highlighted so far.

About Téa Obreht and The Tiger’s Wife

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The Tiger’s Wife” is a work of contemporary fiction rich with both history and legend, reality and myth. Natalia is a young physician in the former Yugoslavia, on her way to an orphanage to provide vaccinations to the children there, when she learns that her grandfather has died far from home. She becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for “the deathless man,” a vagabond who claimed to be immortal. As she looks for answers, she uncovers an extraordinary World War II era story of a deaf-mute woman in her grandfather’s boyhood village who befriended a tiger escaped from a zoo. Read More

Thank You for Celebrating Ten Years of One Read

Sonny Lacks visits the One Read "Art of Science" exhibit Thank you to everyone who read or listened to Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and joined us for one of this year’s outstanding One Read events. The closing program, a visit with David “Sonny” Lacks, proved inspiring for many in our community, and Mr. Lacks was a charming guest. He graciously accepted thanks from several people who waited in line to share with him their personal stories and to express gratitude for his mother’s contributions to science.

At that evening’s event, we announced your favorite One Read selection from the past 10 years. “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen narrowly beat Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” winning the top spot by just one vote.

As we plan for 2012, we’d like to know what book you think would make a great choice for the community’s next One Read. Starting November 1, you can nominate a book online, at any of our library facilities or on the bookmobile.

What an amazing 10th anniversary edition of One Read! Thanks again for your support and participation.