One Book One Community

What if everyone in Kitsap read the same book?

What conversations could we spark?

Each year, Kitsap Regional Library selects one book and invites Kitsap to read it and connect through a shared reading experience.

We are excited to announce our 2014 One Book, One Community title:
"The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown.

"The Boys in the Boat" is an inspiring story of a most remarkable band of brothers who upstaged Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympics. It is a tale of nine working class boys from our area who stormed the rowing world, transforming the sport and galvanizing the attention of millions of Americans. It reminds us all of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together.

This year’s title was selected for its strong themes of teamwork, hope, and resiliency. Sometimes reality presents us with a story so perfect that it would be considered unbelievable as fiction. This is such a story. History, sports, human interest, suspense, design, oppression and inspiration - it is ‘Chariots of Fire’ with oars. See KRL’s discussion guide for “The Boys in the Boat.

If you've already read "The Boys in the Boat," you can comment on it here.

The conversation begins October 1.

Our facilitated discussions about ‘The Boys in the Boat,’ begin in October.  Author Daniel James Brown will be visiting Kitsap County for two discussions on Oct. 16 and 17. Here's a full schedule of One Book events

Get the book:

Ebook | Print & CD | Downloadable Audiobook



About the book ...

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.

Learn more ...

See the book trailer




About the author ...

Daniel James Brown grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Diablo Valley College, the University of California at Berkeley, and UCLA. Now a Seattle resident, he writes narrative nonfiction books full time. His primary interest is in bringing compelling historical events to life as vividly and accurately as he can. Learn more…



Join the conversation ...

KRL has organized several facilitated book discussion groups as well as two events with "The Boys in the Boat" author Daniel James Brown on Oct. 16 and 17.  You can see the schedule of events here.




Past One Book TitlesView all in a list

By: Lee, Harper.
By: Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
By: Egan, Timothy.
By: Skloot, Rebecca, 1972-
By: Zadoorian, Michael.