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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

By Daniel James Brown

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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
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The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary “The Boys of ‘36”

For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.

Birds of Seattle and Puget Sound

By Chris Fisher

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Birds of Seattle and Puget Sound
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An easy-to-use and beautifully illustrated guide to help you identify and understand the feathered strangers nibbling at your backyard feeder or singing from a nearby tree. Full-color illustrations and clear, enjoyable descriptions on 125 common and interesting species around the Seattle area. The book includes quick ID tips, songs and calls, notes on habitat and habitat icons, nests and food, similar species listings, a King County birds checklist, bird feeding hints and tips on how to find the best birding spots in the Puget Sound region. A notable feature is an abundance chart for each bird, showing the abundance of the species at different times of the year. Includes indexes of common and scientific names, glossary, and bibliography.

Washington Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival (Disasters Series)

By Rob McNair-Huff

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Washington Disasters: True Stories of Tragedy and Survival (Disasters Series)
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True accounts of major disasters in Washington history are retold in this engagingly written collection. From The Seattle fire of 1889, the 1910 train avalanche on Stevens Pass, and the 1915 Ravensdale Coal Mine explosion, the 1955 airliner crash in residential Riverton, to the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption, Washington has been home to some of the nation's most dramatic moments. Each story reveals not only the circumstances surrounding the disaster and the magnitude of the devastation but also the courage and ingenuity displayed by those who survived and the heroism of those who helped others, often risking their own lives in rescue efforts.

What's Great about Washington? (Our Great States)

By Mary Meinking

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What s Great about Washington? (Our Great States)
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Find out the top ten sites to see or things to do in the Evergreen State! We'll explore Washington's scenic coasts, lush parks, iconic landmarks, and rich history. The Washington by Map feature shows where you'll find all the places covered in the book. A special section provides quick state facts such as the state motto, capital, population, animals, foods, and more. Take a fun-filled tour of all there is to discover in Washington.


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