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