Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature in a warm, personal way in her new book, â€œMorningstar: Growing Up With Books.â€ She will be at Byrdâ€™s Books in Bethel, on Sunday, Oct. 29, to talk about it.
Hood, who also explored this subject via a different path, in â€œThe Book That Matters Most,â€ grew up in a Rhode Island mill town, in a home where the love of literature was not fostered. But that didnâ€™t stop her from devouring stacks of books â€” books that fed her imagination and curiosity.
In â€œMorningstar,â€ Hood shares how such books as â€œThe Harrad Experimentâ€ and â€œThe Outsidersâ€ influenced her, while introducing her to topics that could not be discussed at home, according to a release. Later, â€œThe Grapes of Wrathâ€ dramatically influenced her political thinking, while such classics as â€œDr. Zhivagoâ€ stoked her desire to travel the world.
With insight and charm, Hood showcases the ways in which books gave her life and can transform â€” even save â€” our own lives, the release said.
â€œMorningstarâ€ was called a â€œlove letter to the very act of reading and the power of books to light the way,â€ in a review by Dani Shapiro, author of â€œDevotion and Slow Motion.â€ Shapiro said, â€œI can think of no better guide than Ann Hood, whose generosity of spirit, courage, humor, gumption, and grace are a powerful reminder that language and story have the capacity to heal, to instruct, and to change our lives. What a mighty little book, so full of heart.â€
Hood, who resides in Providence, R.I., is also the author of such best-selling novels as â€œThe Knitting Circleâ€ and â€œSomewhere Off the Coast of Maine.â€ Admission to her talk is free, but registration is requested. â€œMorningstar: Growing Up With Books,â€ (W. W. Norton & Company), is $22.95 plus tax and may be pre-ordered from Byrdâ€™s Books.
Byrdâ€™s Books, 126 Greenwood Ave., Bethel. Sunday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m. 203-730-2973.