Morningstar: Growing Up with Books by Ann Hood

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Morningstar: Growing Up with Books Read Online Free - A memoir about the magic and inspiration of books from a 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.

Growing 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.

Title : Morningstar: Growing Up with Books
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ISBN : 039325481X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 192 pages


Hannah rated it ★★★☆☆

July 22, 2017

Ann Hood grew up in a household where books were neither owned nor read. Nonetheless, a shelf of books in her elementary school classroom became a refuge for her imagination. In this brief memoir, Hood shares her enduring love of reading and reveals which books transformed her life. How can I des...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

June 16, 2017

Another book about books, the second I have read in a short space of time. Nothing too different, an authors experience with her love of books and the books that changed her life, seeming to fall into her hands at just the right time. What resonated with me though was that her reading experiences...

Diane rated it ★★★★☆

August 11, 2017

This is an absolutely delightful memoir about the author's favorite and most influential books from her childhood. Ann Hood was a precocious and curious child who loved to escape into the world of books. Here she shares her stories about reading, lessons she's learned, and how books helped her be...

Darlene rated it ★★★★★

February 05, 2018

"How can I describe what reading gave to me? An escape from my lonely school days, where girls seemed to speak in a language I didn't understand. A glimpse into the possibilities of words and stories. A curiosity about the world and about people-- the young Amelia Earhart seeing her first airpl...

Diane rated it ★★★☆☆

September 18, 2017

Ten books that helped the author grow up and understand the world outside her small town of Warwick, Rhode Island. I generally love books about books so not sure why I didn't like this more.

Toni rated it ★★★★☆

March 24, 2017

4.5 blissful reading stars! This book reminds me of my childhood, just four years earlier. Almost everything Ann remembers reading, doing as an adolescent in the awkward years of tweenager-hood, I can recall as well. My parents weren't Italian immigrants, but one generation removed, so not far fro...

Nancy rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2017

When Ann Hood's memoir Morningstar: Growing Up With Books arrived in the mail, I opened it up to glance at it. I read the Introduction, in which Hood talks about her family and hometown and discovery of books, in particular, Louis May Alcott's Little Women. I made myself a cup of hot tea and sett...

Robin rated it ★★★★★

December 21, 2017

Fantastic memoir and I devoured it in a day. I now have a need to re-read THE HARRAD EXPERIMENT. More thoughts to come.

Yelda rated it ★★★★★

September 03, 2017

"This is why we all read, isn't it? To know the world and ourselves better. To find our place in that world. Even if you did have access to readers and guidance on what to read, even if you grew up in a family that loved to read and owned shelves of books, still, still, one day a book falls into...

Lesa rated it ★★★★☆

April 05, 2017

Author Ann Hood is only a few months older than me. As a lifelong reader, her memoir, Morningstar: Growing Up with Books, made me nostalgic for my adolescence. No, not for the adolescence itself. For the discovery and freshness and awakening brought about by books. Only a few of the books we read...

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