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    • Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food

    • Notes on Life, Love, and Food
    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this warm collection of personal essays and recipes, best-selling author Ann Hood nourishes both our bodies and our souls. From her Italian-American childhood through raising and feeding a growing family and cooking with her new husband, food writer Michael Ruhlman, Ann Hood has long appreciated the power of a good meal. Hood details recipes and more in Kitchen Yarns, along with tales of loss and starting from scratch, family love, and feasts with friends, and how the perfect meal is one that tastes like home.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Book That Matters Most

    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 395
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 357
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      4 out of 5 stars 357

    Ava's 25-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group's goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood - one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A MUST read

    • By Kate King on 01-25-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Knitting Pearls

    • Writers Writing About Knitting
    • By: Ann Hood - editor
    • Narrated by: William Dufris, Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4 out of 5 stars 16

    The rhythm, ritual, and pleasure of knitting are celebrated in this new collection for lovers of both knitting and literature. In Knitting Pearls, two dozen writers write about the transformative and healing powers of knitting. Lily King remembers the year her family lived in Italy, and a knitted hat that helped her daughter adjust to her new home. Laura Lippman explores how converting to Judaism changed not only Christmas but also her mother's gift of a knitted stocking.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Oh dear.

    • By kgohl on 06-13-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Obituary Writer

    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 805
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      4 out of 5 stars 718
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      4 out of 5 stars 715

    A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras.... On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover, who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Parallel stories of love and loss

    • By Kathi on 03-06-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Knitting Yarns

    • Writers on Knitting
    • By: Ann Hood (editor
    • Narrated by: Ann Hood, Sam Adrain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 152
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      4 out of 5 stars 139
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      4 out of 5 stars 141

    In Knitting Yarns, twenty-seven writers tell stories about how knitting healed, challenged, or helped them to grow. Poignant, funny, and moving, Knitting Yarns is sure to delight knitting enthusiasts and lovers of literature alike.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love it!!!!

    • By Indigo on 01-30-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Knitting Circle

    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 320
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
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      4 out of 5 stars 187

    After the sudden loss of Stella, her only child, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island. Seeking a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days, she little realizes that the circle will change her life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Almost Relentlessly Dreary

    • By J. C. Georgia on 06-06-08

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Morningstar

    • Growing Up with Books
    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Donna Postel
    • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Finding Oneself

    • By BookishMarginalia on 04-21-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • An Italian Wife

    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 27
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      3 out of 5 stars 21

    Bound by tradition, she gives birth to seven children; the last, conceived in a passionate affair, Josephine must give up for adoption. Josephine spends the rest of her life searching for this child, keeping her secret even as her other children, whose stories unfold in surprising ways, go off to war, get married, and make their own mistakes: Her son suffers in World War I. Her daughter struggles to assimilate in the new world of the 1950s American suburbs.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • What a HUGE disappointment!

    • By Simone on 04-18-15

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Places to Stay the Night

    • A Novel
    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Eva Kantor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Libby Harper, unsatisfied with her suburban life, abandons Massachusetts, her two teenage children, and Tom, her husband of eighteen years. Depressed and feeling trapped, she is determined to realize her fantasies of Hollywood fame before it is too late. Dana has been expecting her mother to walk out for years. Her older brother, Troy, who is always in trouble, has been struggling to get his mother’s attention for most of his life. But it is Tom, their father, who is hit the hardest. Once, he and Libby were the most beautiful couple in town.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Do Not Go Gentle

    • My Search for Miracles in a Cynical Time
    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Ann Hood
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The day my father was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, I decided to go and find him a miracle. Do Not Go Gentle is a transporting memoir about Ann Hood’s quest to find a cure, if not an outright miracle, that would cure her father’s cancer. Her “spiritual Odyssey, with a secret history all its own” would take her from Rhode Island to El Santuario de Chimayo, New Mexico, in search of dirt reputed to contain astonishing healing powers.

    • My Search for Miracles in a Cynical Time
    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Ann Hood
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Release date: 04-23-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah)

    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Holly Linneman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 3

    The year is 1966. The Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom, and 12-year-old Rhode Island native Trudy Mixer is not thrilled with life. Her best friend, Michelle, has decided to become a cheerleader, everyone at school is now calling her Gertrude (her hated real name), and the gem of her middle school career, the Beatles fan club, has dwindled down to only three other members - the least popular kids at school. Determined to regain her social status, Trudy looks toward the biggest thing happening worldwide: the Beatles.

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Red Thread

    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 36
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      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 21

    In China there is a belief that people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. After losing her infant daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens The Red Thread, an adoption agency that specializes in placing baby girls from China with American families. Maya finds some comfort in her work, until a group of six couples share their personal stories of desire for a child.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Good idea for a story, but...

    • By Mary on 09-18-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Ruby

    • A Novel
    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    After a college student speeding in a blue Honda Civic kills her husband of less than a year, Olivia is completely lost. One hot summer day, she walks into the beachfront Rhode Island cottage she and David bought the previous August—the place where they had planned to someday start a family—and finds a stranger sitting at her kitchen table. Pregnant fifteen-year-old Ruby is looking for a safe haven for herself and her baby-to-be. Olivia takes her in, desperate to assuage her grief through human connection, even with a troubled teenager.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • So So

    • By amy cherry on 10-31-15
    • A Novel
    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 03-28-14
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 8 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Providence Noir

    • By: Ann Hood - editor
    • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan, Greta Jung, Tim Pabon, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    "Providence was founded in 1636 by a rogue named Roger Williams. Williams escaped here when Massachusetts was ready to deport him back to England. In the almost 400 years since, we've become infamous for all sorts of crimes and misdemeanors, including serving as home base for the Patriarca crime family for decades. My very own Uncle Eddie - I can hear Mama Rose screaming at me: 'He wasn't a blood relative! He was related through marriage!' - was gunned down in the Silver Lake section of town in 1964."

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Something Blue

    • A Novel
    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Katherine shows up at Lucy’s Manhattan doorstep having run away from the marriage altar. Lucy isn’t thrilled to see her former sorority sister—her own life as a children’s book illustrator is complicated enough, especially as she may be falling out of love with her boyfriend. Along with Lucy’s oddball best friend, Julia, the women tackle the complicated challenge of being young, lost, and in search of life in New York City.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Waiting to Vanish

    • A Novel
    • By: Ann Hood
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Alexander Porter is on the phone with his six-year-old son when he is struck by lightning and killed. It is a freak accident, without meaning or justice. Alex’s sudden death disintegrates his family. His mother takes off for a new life in California. His father descends into kleptomania. His ex-wife begins selling makeup door to door. His sister mourns by taking Sam, Alex’s son, on a journey into the family’s past, putting her own life on hold. Young Sam, who heard his own father die, has gone silent.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Put It Back

    • By: Ann Howie Hood
    • Narrated by: Whitney Edwards
    • Length: 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    James had the messiest room in the world. He always had toys, clothes, and other things all over the floor.

    When he needed something special, he could never find it.

    James Jordan always gets in trouble for losing things. When he learns that being a firefighter means always being able to find your belongings, he’ll have to stop once and for all. Will he be able to break his bad habit? Find out as James learns to Put It Back.

    Regular price: $6.99