2017-2018 Schedule: The Fallacy of Youth
Here at FBC we’re mixing things up in 2017. This is the year of the Long Read.

covercovercoverGone are the days of books corresponding with the weekly NFL schedule. This year, we’re reading just three books—three very, very long books—and we’re reading them when we want, in whatever order we want, and at whatever pace we want. Call it Laissez-Faire Football Book Club.

So, without further ado—okay, with just minimal ado to point out that (1) Jay Cutler is out! That guy with the crazy giraffe neck and/or an untested rookie are in; (2) Adam is still not watching football; (3) Ryan might be secretly watching football, but who can say for sure—here is your 2017-2018 Schedule:

  • In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust: That’s right, we’re reading Proust. All of it? Some of it? Who knows. All we can say for sure is we’re starting with the Lydia Davis translation of Swann’s Way.
  • An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser: According to the blurb on Amazon—and who doesn’t trust our pals at Amazon—”few novels have undertaken to track so relentlessly the process by which an ordinary young man becomes capable of committing a ruthless murder.”
  • Compulsion by Meyer Levin: This is a fictionalized account of the Leopold-Loeb murder case that the Saturday Review called “a graphic and absorbing reconstruction of an infamous crime.”

2016-2017 Schedule
covercovercoverAnother year brings another season of not watching for NFL football — and a new set of books. This year, Football Book Club is very excited that Tom Brady will miss four games due to Deflategate. And we’re almost as excited to be reading some great titles by the likes of Roxane Gay, Don DeLillo, Elena Ferrante, and Masamune Shirow.

Week 1 The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Weeks 2-3 Zero K by Don DeLillo
Weeks 4-5 An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Weeks 6-7 The Regional Office Is Under Attack! By Manuel Gonzales
Weeks 8-9 My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Weeks 10 The Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow
Weeks 11-12  Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
Weeks 14-15 A Gambler’s Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem
Weeks 16-17 Kornwolf by Tristan Egolf
Post-Season/Super Bowl TBD

2015-2016 Schedule

covercovercoverAs professional football enters its 113th season in the United States, the Patriots look to defend their title, and Roger Goodell rolls around naked in a kiddie pool full of moist, unmarked bills, Football Book Club will be breaking up with the NFL and reading the following titles — everything from fiction and nonfiction to poetry and graphic novels. Among some of this season’s highlights are Steven Millhauser’s Edwin Mullhouse, Carmen Giménez Smith’s Milk and Filth, and Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru’s League of Denial.

Pre-Season Against Football by Steve Almond
Week 1 Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
Week 2 Brain Fever by Kimiko Hahn
Week 3 Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
Week 4 Edwin Mullhouse by Steven Millhauser
Week 5 Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Week 6 The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
Week 7 Speak by Louisa Hall
Week 8 BYE
Week 9 The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
Week 10 Milk and Filth by Carmen Giménez Smith
Week 11 The Case Against Satan by Ray Russell
Week 12 Here by Richard McGuire
Week 13 River House by Sally Keith
Week 14 How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
Week 15 The Dirty Dust by Máirtín Ó Cadhain
Week 16 The Private Lives of Trees by Alejandro Zambra
Week 17 End Zone by Don DeLillo
Post-Season/Super Bowl League of Denial by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru
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