Books by Ann Hood

Ann Hood is the author of seven novels and a short-story collection, An Ornithologist's Guide to Life. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.


MORNINGSTAR by Ann Hood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A charming but hardly surprising homage to the power of books."
A novelist chronicles her life through the books that shaped her. Read full book review >
THE BOOK THAT MATTERS MOST by Ann Hood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Whether or not they think of themselves as bookish, readers of all stripes will enjoy cycling through these characters' lives and discovering their shared, mysterious past."
A mother and a daughter seek balance in their broken lives while books provide them with comfort, clarity, and clues to a mystery. Read full book review >
KNITTING PEARLS by Ann Hood
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"A sad and sweet look at knitting that will appeal to crafters and writers alike."
Writers share their thoughts on knitting in this meditative essay collection edited by Hood (An Italian Wife, 2014, etc.), a follow-up to the editor's previous Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting (2013).Read full book review >
AN ITALIAN WIFE by Ann Hood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A soulful and multilayered book from this accomplished author."
A century in the life of an extended Italian-American family. Read full book review >
THE OBITUARY WRITER by Ann Hood
Released: March 4, 2013

"Hood's fluent storytelling and empathy will ensure popularity, but her heroines' destinies are devoid of surprises."
Connections between an unhappy wife in the Kennedy era and an independent obituarist in early-20th-century California are artfully if predictably spliced in the latest from Hood (The Red Thread, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
ANGEL OF THE BATTLEFIELD by Ann Hood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"This homage to the Bobbs-Merrill Childhood of Famous Americans series of highly fictionalized biographies falls flat. (map, historical note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Time travel loses its way in a maze of clichés, product placements and a slow-moving plot. Read full book review >
THE RED THREAD by Ann Hood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2010

"The raw and riveting Chinese stories siphon narrative juice from the more conventional American angst that dominates the novel. Still, the tale ends with a pleasing sense that the red thread is more than a myth, especially in Maya's case."
A group of Americans plan to adopt daughters from China through an agency founded by a bereaved mother, in Hood's moving novel (The Knitting Circle, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
COMFORT by Ann Hood
NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2008

"A loving tribute by turns harrowing and beautiful."
Novelist Hood's brief, heartbreaking memoir chronicles the death of her five-year-old daughter and its soul-searing aftermath. Read full book review >
HOW I SAVED MY FATHER’S LIFE (AND RUINED EVERYTHING ELSE) by Ann Hood
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2008

"Despite her striving for sainthood, the cruel thoughts and actions that Madeline points at her mother dominate, painting her as mean-spirited, until she begins to slowly suspect that she's blaming the wrong person. (Fiction. YA)"
Twelve-year-old Madeline Vandermeer of Rhode Island just knows that she is destined to become Saint Madeline of Providence—after all, she has already performed two miracles, one of which she believes saved her father from an avalanche. Read full book review >
THE KNITTING CIRCLE by Ann Hood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2007

"Readers can only knit their brows in consternation, and hope for a better book next time."
The popular Rhode Island author's eighth novel (Ruby, 1998, etc.) is another domestic melodrama about loss, grief, therapeutic bonding and communal healing. Read full book review >
AN ORNITHOLOGIST’S GUIDE TO LIFE by Ann Hood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2004

"A strong, fine collection overall, if not consistently stellar. (Many of these pieces first appeared in The Paris Review, Glimmer Train, etc.)"
Debut collection of 11 humorous, heartfelt stories by novelist Hood (Ruby, 1998, etc.), with characters who find small, determined ways to shock the bourgeoisie in and around Providence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"At once pointless and moving, Hood's narrative is too sketchy and diffuse to come into any sort of clear focus—which becomes an annoyance in the end, despite many fine vignettes."
Tearjerker novelist Hood (Ruby, 1998, etc.) sits down to flip through her family album in this sentimental account of her father's battle with cancer. Read full book review >
RUBY by Ann Hood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1998

"Not the most profound exploration of grief and loss, but once past the cutesy set-up, veteran Hood (Places to Stay the Night, 1993, etc.) provides a solid tale and several genuinely affecting moments."
A widow and a teenager form a friendship that helps both move ahead with their lives. Read full book review >
PLACES TO STAY THE NIGHT by Ann Hood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"Derivative characters, bland dialogue, and a predictable plot- -all subtract from this potentially affecting story."
One 36-year-old Massachusetts mother abandons her family for a career in show business, while another brings her daughter home to die—in a terribly earnest yet finally unsatisfying fifth novel by the author of Something Blue (1991), etc. Years ago, at their tiny Holly, Massachusetts, high school, Tom Harper was the handsome football star, Libby Holliday the slender blond princess, and Renata Handy the hulking, overweight laughingstock of the senior class. Read full book review >
SOMETHING BLUE by Ann Hood
Released: Jan. 15, 1990

Hood's finely tuned prose raises her fourth novel (Three-Legged Horse, 1989, etc.) a notch above clichÇ as she recounts the lives and loves of a trio of youngish, single women in N.Y.C. Lucy, an international tour guide and would-be illustrator, is in love with Jasper, a bartender and would-be dancer. Read full book review >