Book One: Sherwood Anderson’s ‘Winesburg, Ohio’
Published in 1919, this story story cycle — which launched Anderson’s career and follows the life of protagonist George Willard in the titular small town — is ranked #24 on Modern Library’s list of the 100 Best English-Language Novels of the 20th Century.
Adam nominated this title for Football Book Club because: “At some point I was revising some short stories and my professor said me, ‘Have you read Winesburg, Ohio? You really have to read Winesburg, Ohio.’ Since then, I have forgotten which stories I was revising, which professor suggested the book, and why he or she thought it was so vital I read it. I did, however, purchase a copy of the book. So, it’s probably about time — plus, my wife raves about the story ‘Hands.'”