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Morningstar: Growing Up With Books

Morningstar: Growing Up With Books

by Ann Hood


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“[An] enchanting journey through Ann Hood’s early fascination with reading.… Book lovers will find Morningstar irresistible.”—Lynn Sharon Schwartz, author of Ruined by Reading

Growing up in a mill town in Rhode Island, in a household that didn’t foster a love of reading, novelist Ann Hood discovered nonetheless the transformative power of literature. She learned to channel her imagination, ambitions, and curiosity by devouring ever-growing stacks of books. In Morningstar, Hood recollects with warmth and honesty how The Bell Jar, Marjorie Morningstar, The Harrad Experiment, and The Outsiders influenced her teen psyche and introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home: desire, fear, sexuality, and madness. Later, Johnny Got His Gun and Grapes of Wrath dramatically influenced her political thinking while the Vietnam War and Kent State shootings became headline news, and classics such as Dr. Zhivago and Les Misérables stoked her ambitions 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 lives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393355567
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most, The Obituary Writer, and The Knitting Circle, and the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief. Her most recent books are the memoirs Fly Girl A Memoir and Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Growing Up with Books 13

Lesson 1 How to Dream 33

Lesson 2 How to Become a Writer 45

Lesson 3 How to Ask Why 64

Lesson 4 How to Buy Books 80

Lesson 5 How to Write a Book 91

Lesson 6 How to Fall in Love with Language 107

Lesson 7 How to Be Curious 121

Lesson 8 How to Have Sex 139

Lesson 9 How to See the World 157

Lesson 10 How to Run Away 172

Acknowledgments 185

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