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Nonfiction: Autobiography, Memoir
Unabridged   3.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/01/2017


Growing Up With Books

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681687308
Digital Download ISBN:9781681687315


Morningstar is a memoir about the magic and inspiration of books from a beloved and bestselling author.

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Product Description

In her admired works of fiction, including the recent The Book that Matters Most, Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature. Now, with warmth and honesty, Hood reveals the personal story behind these works of fiction.

Growing up in a mill town in Rhode Island, in a household that didn't foster the love of literature, Hood nonetheless learned to channel her imagination and curiosity by devouring The Bell Jar, Marjorie Morningstar, The Harrad Experiment, and other works. These titles introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home: desire, fear, sexuality, and madness. Later, Johnny Got His Gun and The Grapes of Wrath influenced her political thinking as the Vietnam War became news; Dr. Zhivago and Les Miserables stoked her ambition to travel the world. With characteristic insight and charm, Hood showcases the ways in which books gave her life and can transform—even save—our own.


"Narrator Donna Postel gives the listener the feeling of lounging in a comfortable room while talking about books with a fellow bibliophile." —AudioFile

“Not many people could point with such specificity to books that have imparted valuable life lessons, and Hood shares beloved works with an affecting and inspiring reverence.” —Booklist

"Charming. . . [an] homage to the power of books." —Kirkus

"Poignant, touching, and enlightening. . . Hood provides a new rich glimpse into an Italian American childhood. A treat for bibliophiles and readers of all genres.” —Library Journal

Author Bio

Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the bestselling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and other awards.