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Publication Order of The Treasure Chest Books

Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alexander Hamilton: Little Lion (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pearl Buck: Jewel of the East (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Harry Houdini: Prince of Air (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crazy Horse: Brave Warrior (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen Liliuokalani: Royal Prisoner (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alexander Graham Bell: Master of Sound (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amelia Earhart: Lady Lindy (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance Master (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anastasia Romanov: The Last Grand Duchess (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Waiting to Vanish (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Legged Horse (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Something Blue (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Places to Stay the Night (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Properties of Water (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ruby (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Knitting Circle (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
How I Saved My Father's Life (And Ruined Everything Else) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Red Thread (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Obituary Writer (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Italian Wife (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book That Matters Most (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jude Banks, Superhero (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stolen Child (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Coney Island Dreams (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

An Ornithologist's Guide to Life (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Creating Character Emotions (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Do Not Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles in a Cynical Time (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Comfort: A Journey Through Grief (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Morningstar: Growing Up With Books (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fly Girl: A Memoir (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Over the Hill and Between the Sheets(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dedicated to the People of Darfur(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crush: 26 Real-life Tales of First Love(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blue Christmas(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
What My Mother Gave Me(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goodbye to All That(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Father's Daughter(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Providence Noir(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bitch Is Back(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Ann Hood
Author Ann Hood earned her BA in English from the University of Rhode Island. Afterwards, she worked for TWA, a defunct airline, as a flight attendant. She lived in St. Louis and Boston, and later moved to New York City. She went to graduate school at New York University, studying American Literature.

She started writing “Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine”, her first novel, in 1983 when she was working as a flight attendant and going to graduate school, writing when she could during train rides to JFK airport or in the galleys of the plane as the passengers slept.

While on a furlough from the airline, she worked at the Spring Street Bookstore in Soho and Tony Roma’s while writing the novel. Like a lot of her work, “Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine” draws upon her own life.

The novel began life as a series of short stories about three women that attended college together during the sixties. One year before, her brother, Skip, died in a freak accident and Hood had been struggling how to cope with his loss. At a writer’s conference, she was convinced by a writer named Nicholas Delbanco that what she was writing was really a novel, and from there she started connecting the stories to each other.

The book was published by Bantam Books in 1987 as one of the launch titles for their original paperback series, Bantam New Fiction.

Her career as a flight attendant ended in the year 1986 when TWA went on strike and the flight attendants quickly found they were “replaced”. Since she had more time to spend on her writing, her essays and stories started showing up in Story, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Self, Redbook, New Women, among some others.

In 2002, Grace (Ann’s five year old daughter) died of a virulent form of strep, and for two years after, she found herself unable to write anything or even read. She took solace in learning to knit and be in a knitting group. Gradually, she made her way back to her craft, penning short essays about her grief and Grace.

To make sense of this grief, she started writing “The Knitting Circle” late in 2004, about a woman whose five year old daughter dies from meningitis. The woman joins a knitting group of others that struggled to heal from their loss.

Her bestselling memoir, called “Comfort: A Journey Through Grief” chronicles these struggles after her daughters sudden death. The book was named one of the top ten non-fiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice.

She has two children: Sam and Annabelle, and is married to a writer named Michael Ruhlman.

Ann’s short stories and essays have appeared in many anthologies, journals, and magazines, including Ploughshares, The Paris Review, and Tin House. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times’ Op-Ed page, Home Economics column.

Ann is the recipient of a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Travel Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction.

“The Knitting Circle” is a stand alone novel that was released in the year 2007. Mary Baxter, after the death of her only child, joins the knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island, as a way to fill the lonely days and empty hours. The other women welcome her in, each teaching Mary a brand new knitting technique, and while they do, reveal their own personal tales of love, loss, and hope.

Mary is eventually able to tell them her own tale of grief and doing so helps reclaims her love for her husband, faces some hard truths about her relationship with her mom, and finds the spark of life again.

“The Obituary Writer” is a stand alone novel that was released in the year 2013. The day that John F. Kennedy was inaugurated, Claire, who is a young wife and mom obsessed with Jackie’s glamour, struggles over the choice of staying in a loveless yet secure marriage or to follow the guy she loves and whose baby she might be carrying.

Decades prior, in the year 1919, Vivien Lowe, who is an obituary writer, is attempting to find her lover, who vanishing during the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, she not only helps other people with their grief but also starts understanding the devastation of her own horrible loss as well. The surprising connection between each of these two women are going to change Claire’s life in extraordinary and unexpected ways.

Part love story and part literary mystery, this novel examines expectations of love and marriage, the roles of moms and wives, and the emotions of hope, grief, and regret.

“The Book That Matters Most” is a stand alone novel that was released in the year 2016. An enthralling book about loss, secrets, love, friendship, and the healing power of literature.

Ava’s marriage of twenty-five years has fallen apart, and her two grown kids pursue lives of their own out of the country. Ava joins a book club, not just for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The goal of the group throughout the year is for each of the members to present a novel that matters most to them.

Ava rediscovers a mysterious novel from her childhood, one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of both her mom and sister. Alternating with Ava’s tale is that of Maggie, Ava’s troubled daughter, who descends into a destructive relationship with an older man while living with an older guy.

Ava’s mission to find that book and its mysterious author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers to her and Maggie the opportunity to remake their lives.

The book club discussions throughout the novel are very enlightening and intriguing, and it becomes tough to figure out which book you yourself would choose as the novel that means the most to you to share with a book club.

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One Response to “Ann Hood”

  1. Holly: 2 years ago

    I bought your book, Fly Girl, at ORD airport:) I felt like I was living your life. I really enjoyed it! I look forward to reading more of your books! Thank you!


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