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Ann Hood

USA flag (b.1956)

Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the bestselling 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.

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Children's Fiction, Romance, Mystery, General Fiction
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Ann Hood recommends
Secret Language (1993)
Monica Wood
"A graceful and insightful look into the lives of two sisters. Secret Language is both heartbreaking and heartwarming."
My Enemy's Cradle (2007)
Sara Young
"MY ENEMY'S CRADLE has everything: It is a page turner full of twists and turns. It is a love story. It is a war story. It reveals a dark piece of history. There is only one caveat to this novel: you will want to read it straight through. So put aside absolutely everything, and begin."
Chosen (2010)
Chandra Hoffman
"This riveting debut novel will keep you on edge until its final glorious pages. Enlightening, terrifying and bighearted."
Wayward Saints (2012)
Suzzy Roche
"What do you get when you combine a town called Swallow, a family named Saint, Sliced Ham a rock band that sings songs like The Back of My Ass and Tom's Dick and Harry, the Blessed Mother, a chocolate tranny, and characters like Garbagio and Flick Zeez? A rollicking, audacious, heartwarming, funny, poignant, unforgettable debut novel by Suzzy Roche!"
Those We Love Most (2012)
Lee Woodruff
"I opened Those We Love Most when my plane took off from Boston, and didn't look up again until I landed in Miami. In between, I cried and smiled and nodded, and turned pages faster and faster. It's one of those novels."
Unmentionables (2013)
Laurie Loewenstein
"Laurie Loewenstein brings the reader into the past, to Chautauqua assemblies, World War I France, and Midwestern small town life...meticulously researched and exquisitely written, Unmentionables is a memorable debut."
The Anger Meridian (2015)
Kaylie Jones
"The Anger Meridian is an impossible-to-put-down book. Kaylie Jones is a master storyteller, and this is her best one yet."
A Drop in the Ocean (2016)
Jenni Ogden
"In A Drop In The Ocean, protagonist Anna Fergusson learns that love is about letting go. Jenni Ogden takes us on a sweeping journey, rich with unique characters and places, moving backward and forward in time, to reach this poignant and heartfelt lesson."
The News from the End of the World (2017)
Emily Jeanne Miller
"The News from the End of the World is my favorite kind of book, bighearted and full of complicated flawed characters stumbling through love and life, making hard choices, making mistakes, and making the reader fall in love with every one of them. I loved this novel!"
The Halo Effect (2017)
Anne D Leclaire
"The Halo Effect will keep you turning pages, and fast. But it is that rarest of page turners, a novel that illuminates our frailties and the depths of grief while also managing to be hopeful and wholly human."
Love and Other Consolation Prizes (2017)
Jamie Ford
"Only Jamie Ford could take a snippet of a true story about a child offered as a raffle prize at the 1909 Seattle World’s Fair and spin it into a dazzling tale of love and family and ultimately hope. Love and Other Consolation Prizes has the big generous heart Ford always brings to his novels and fans will rejoice in it."
The Magnificent Esme Wells (2018)
Adrienne Sharp
"Consider it your good luck to join Esme Wells as she comes of age with the glamour, gangsters, and big dreams of Hollywood and Las Vegas of the 30s and 40s. Like its narrator, this novel is magnificent."
The Girl From Blind River (2018)
Gale Massey
"A knockout debut novel...Lyrical and unflinching, The Girl from Blind River grabs you on page one and never lets go."
Recipe for a Perfect Wife (2019)
Karma Brown
"Recipe for a Perfect Wife is that wonderful combination of fun to read, thought provoking, and mystery. Told in the voices of two women living in different decades and sprinkled with recipes and advice on how to be a good wife, it makes the reader consider how the roles of women have changed and how they've stayed the same. Karma Brown made me smile and gasp in equal measure, and to reach for my mom's old recipe box."
The Jane Austen Society (2020)
Natalie Jenner
"I can't remember the last time I was so utterly charmed by a novel as I am with The Jane Austen Society. Natalie Jenner creates a world populated with characters who come together to preserve Jane Austen's home in the village of Chawton after WW II. And in so doing she explores love and grief and hope, all while plunging us headfirst into Austen's words. A celebration of the human spirit and the power of stories, I just love this book!"
Florence Adler Swims Forever (2020)
Rachel Beanland
"I started reading FLORENCE ADLER SWIMS FOREVER and did not stop until its final words. Rachel Beanland so completely transports readers to the summer of 1934 in Atlantic City and a tragedy that changes the lives of one family there that I expected to smell salt air and see ocean waves crashing when I looked up again. What a bighearted novel this is. What a glorious debut."

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