In January of 2019, we will be launching an Olio Book Club! It will be organized online by Bianca Winter (the mind behind our beautiful living library) and it will take place online with a monthly in-person meetup. We'd love if you could take a minute to read her three nominations for the January book and vote on which book we should choose to kick off in January.
A FORTUNATE MAN by John Berger
John Berger was a man who tapped into social currents with inimical curiosity – and much of what preoccupied him is still at issue now. *A Fortunate Man* is a collaborative document about a country doctor in England and it speaks directly of privilege and of the distance necessary for Sassall to discharge his duties (a link to Carson’s triangular view of Eros?) as well as range across the documentary form. Read for a taste of Berger’s unique attention, and a prose style laced with questions and a poetic sensibility.
HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi
Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel might be considered a masterclass in the art of interruption; Margaret Atwood says that story emerges when patterns are interrupted. *Homegoing* has an epic scope that bobs along - or flares up, depending on the element that resonates most with you – amidst a series of vignettes that allow glimpses of turning point after turning point, potting a history of the slave trade, of Ghana, and its compound effects. Read to exercise the imagination, and for the exquisite pleasure of not being ready to turn the page on characters you’ve barely met.
SO MUCH FOR THAT WINTER by Dorthe Nors
Dorthe Nors is from Denmark and has the accolade of being the first Danish writer to be published in the New Yorker (2013). *So Much For That Winter* combines two novellas: Minna Needs Rehearsal Space and Days. Nors sweeps her hand across loneliness, distance, love and the often fraught endeavour of trying to connecting with other human beings. Read to explore the moment when repetition becomes mesmeric, for a short form that calls out to Maggie Nelson.