Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
"Monday, October 9, 1933, began as a gray day in Seattle. A gray day in a gray time."
This was the day that Joe Rantz and other wannabee freshmen crew team members gathered to meet the coach and begin the process to hopefully one day be picked for the team at the University of Washington. It's also the height of the Depression. A big reason Joe needs to make the team is that it would open doors on campus to good part-time jobs, otherwise he can't afford to stay enrolled.