Need a lift? Some heat relief? A good read? Get your mind in the boat: Read The Boys in the Boat

It’s Friday and everyone is itching to chill out so I’ll get right to the heart of this post: Treat yourself and read The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. This is a true story of HEART–true character, “boys” who were men whom current athletes can not match on any level. Yes, I have seen the 2016 Olympics and found them sorely wanting. In a time when ego and individual effort is all the rage it’s impossible to even imagine that a group of nine “boys” could swing like none other. I knew nothing about rowing until I read this book. I knew more than I wanted about the Nazis. I knew about the Depression and the Dust Bowl. I knew about Jesse Owens. But I knew nothing about this incredible rowing crew. Swing is now more than a style of Jazz and dancing for me. It’s not often that I re-read a book but I’ve read the race scenes several times because they’re so damn exciting. Nothing I’ve seen –ever– in the Olympics can compare.

For the romantics there’s even a love story. Actually there’s a lot of love in this story.

The Boys in the Boat

Much thanks and appreciation to PBS’s American Experience episode The Boys of ’36 which turned me onto Brown’s book.

The Boys of ’36 Chapter 1

Watch, read and be uplifted.

M-I-B = Mind In Boat  ~~ rowing mantra

 

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8 Comments

  1. slpmartin said,

    August 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I saw a special about those young men…really uplifting!

    • August 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Hello! I think you’d really enjoy the book which offers so much more than the documentary. Nice to see you. 🙂

  2. roos said,

    August 26, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    there is a lot of love in boats

  3. August 26, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    That video sells it, doesn’t it? The rowing would be like a meditation, I would think.

    • August 31, 2016 at 3:01 am

      Yes. From reading the book I learned about “swing” when everything is in sync perfectly with all rowers moving as one. I guess it would be what some call “being in the zone.”
      The book is at it’s best when trying to convey this unity. I think this is the result of Brown paying close attention to his sources.
      Hi.

  4. August 31, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Hi! 🙂 Right now I am halfway through a book which, while I really like it, isn’t what I want – or need – to read right now. So … roaming my bookshelves again …

    • September 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      I know that drill well. 🙂 Please update when you find the Right Read.


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