Book One: Sherwood Anderson’s ‘Winesburg, Ohio’


As the NFL season begins in earnest and the games actually matter — well for some teams, that is — FBC will be reading Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson.

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.'”

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