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Perfect to Each Other: On ‘How to Be Happy’ and My First Season of FBC

By Dan Bjork How to Be Happy (proper) is preceded by an author’s note that instantly endeared me to the book: “This is not actually a book about how to be happy, however, and if you’re struggling, the following have been helpful for me.” After which, Eleanor Davis lists three books that can be a […]

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The Final Confession of Ryan Joe

By Ryan Joe 1. I have a confession. I have been watching NFL football since the playoffs. That, as well as other writing projects, have kept me from updating with any degree of regularity. If you weren’t watching, the playoffs were immensely entertaining, filled with on-field heroism (Larry Fitzgerald, Aaron Rodgers), villainy (Vontaze Burfect, Adam […]

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The Season Is Over: Rob’s Final Post: Part I

By Rob Casper So the season is over for our collective teams. I was walking home last week when I spotted the Cardinals-Packers playoff game on in our local bar. Standing outside in the cold, I followed the waning seconds of regulation but decided to give up right before the last play — I said […]

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Book 16: Alejandro Zambra’s ‘The Private Lives of Trees’

This week, Football Book Club is reading The Private Lives of Trees by Alejandro Zambra. And we’re posting about The Dirty Dust by Máirtín Ó Cadhain — and  How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis and River House by Sally Keith and who knows what else because it’s the playoffs, most of our teams are done for the […]

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Fever Dreams: On Eleanor Davis’s ‘How to Be Happy’

By Adam Boretz Because of a high fever, ear infection, and generally delicate constitution — my doctor once told me I have the stored protein levels of “a frail elderly woman” — I ended up reading Eleanor Davis’s How to Be Happy twice. The first time, I burned through about two-thirds of the book, took […]

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Book 15: Mairtin O Cadhain’s ‘The Dirty Dust’

This week, Football Book Club is reading The Dirty Dust by Máirtín Ó Cadhain — and getting caught up after the holidays with posts about everything from How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis to River House by Sally Keith. The Dirty Dust — all the characters of which are dead in their graves — has finally been translated into […]

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Book 14: Eleanor Davis’s ‘How to Be Happy’

This week, Football Book Club is reading How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis and posting about River House by Sally Keith — and maybe Richard McGuire’s Here and Ray Russell’s The Case Against Satan. How to be Happy is Davis’s first collection of graphic/literary short stories, was named one of NPR’s and Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of 2014, […]

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