What's on Ann Hood's nightstand?

Nightstand

In her new memoir, Comfort, Ann Hood reflects on the grieving process of a mother who has lost her child. In 2002, the author's 5-year-old daughter died suddenly from a virulent form of strep throat. Hood, 51, is known to many readers for her 2007 novel The Knitting Circle.

What is on your nightstand?

Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and the Journey of a Generation, by Sheila Weller. I still have a fascination with the '60s. Anytime a book comes out on that era, I'm the first to get it. I'm also reading The Street of a Thousand Blossoms, by Gail Tsukiyama. I love the way she creates other worlds. Reading fiction should transport the reader to another place.

What fiction first transported you?

I was in second grade, and it was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I couldn't put the book down even in class. One day, the teacher asked me if I was sneaking a book. I burst into tears and said, "Beth just died." I was so upset that I was allowed to finish the chapter in the back of the class.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer, can be reached at pcastillo@sptimescom

What's on Ann Hood's nightstand? 05/10/08 [Last modified: Saturday, May 10, 2008 4:30am]

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