“[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 transformeven saveour own lives.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||4.60(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Ann Hood is the author of eight previous books, including the best-selling memoir Comfort: A Journey Through
Grief and best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most and The Knitting Circle. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A charming look at the transformative power of reading. This is an evergreen book I will read again and again. It reminded me of so many of my own personal milestones and paradigm shifts that occurred between the pages of books. In addition, I'm looking forward to reading many of the books she read, as I've never heard of many. So a bonus is growing your TBR. Thoroughly enjoyable, simply engaging and very soul-fulfilling. Those that love books will recognize a kindred spirit in Ms. Hood. An instant classic!