Ann Hood shares Morningstar: Growing up with Books

Thursday, September 14th, 2017, 7 p.m.

Morningstar cover artGibson's Bookstore is pleased to host Ann Hood, with Morningstar: Growing Up with Books, a memoir about the magic and inspiration of books from the beloved and best-selling author.

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.

author Ann HoodGrowing 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.

About the Author: Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the best-selling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 7:00pm
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45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
Morningstar: Growing Up with Books Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780393254815
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 1st, 2017

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 beloved novels.


The Book That Matters Most Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393241655
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 9th, 2016

Ava's twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group's goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them.


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$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351231
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 3rd, 2015

An Italian Wife is the extraordinary story of Josephine Rimaldi--her joys, sorrows, and passions, spanning more than seven decades. The novel begins in turn-of-the-century Italy, when fourteen-year-old Josephine, sheltered and naive, is forced into an arranged marriage to a man she doesn't know or love who is about to depart for America, where she later joins him.


Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393349870
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 2nd, 2014

"The impressive collection of writers here have contributed essays that celebrate knitting and knitters. They share their knitting triumphs and disasters as well as their life triumphs and disasters. . . . These essays will break your heart. They will have you laughing out loud."--Ann Hood, from the introduction

Why does knitting occupy a place in the hearts of so many writers?


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$14.95
ISBN: 9780393330441
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 17th, 2008

After the sudden loss of her only child, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island, as a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days. The women welcome her, each teaching Mary a new knitting technique and, as they do, revealing their own personal stories of loss, love, and hope.


Comfort: A Journey Through Grief Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780393336597
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 2009

A moving and remarkable memoir about the sudden death of a daughter, surviving grief, and learning to love again.


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ISBN: 9780393339765
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 2nd, 2011

In China there is a belief that people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. Who is at the end of your red thread? After losing her infant daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens The Red Thread, an adoption agency that specializes in placing baby girls from China with American families.


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