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The Stolen Child

A novel by Ann Hood

For decades, Nick Burns has been haunted by a decision he made as a young soldier in World War I, when a French artist he’d befriended thrust both her paintings and her baby into his hands―and disappeared. In 1974, with only months left to live, Nick enlists Jenny, a college dropout desperate for adventure, to help him unravel the mystery. The journey leads them from Paris galleries and provincial towns to a surprising place: the Museum of Tears, the life’s work of a lonely Italian craftsman. Determined to find the baby and the artist, hopeless romantic Jenny and curmudgeonly Nick must reckon with regret, betrayal, and the lives they’ve left behind.

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New York Times best-selling author Ann Hood pens a poignant story of grief and adolescent despair in this follow-up to Jude Banks, Superhero.

Meet Clementine. She's quippy, sarcastic, and dramatic. And the overwhelming guilt of her sister's death weighs on her so heavily that she no longer feels like living.
As Clementine and her mother attempt to continue their lives after Halley's death, the world around them changes. Clementine's best friend now feels like a stranger. Her new school is full of spoiled, carefree kids. She kisses boys just to feel something. She tries to live in the moment. But ultimately, Clementine feels trapped in a snow globe: the real world is out there, while she's stuck in a world where tears like gallons fall all around her. 
In her signature lyrical prose, Hood crafts an extraordinary story of grief and guilt, asking the important question: How can you find the will to live again in the face of overwhelming despair?


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Praise for Kitchen Yarns

A New York Times Editor's Pick of the Week!

"Hood’s essays are like hot chocolate, cozy and warm. Her collection of meditations on food and life touches the big themes: grief for a brother and a small child gone suddenly, two divorces and the end of a grand affair. Still, Hood describes them with the easy intimacy of a friend, confessing her foibles as she stirs a pot of red sauce. The recipes closing each chapter hint that every heartache can be soothed by the deft application of cheese and carbohydrates. .."

New York Times


“Ann Hood is a gifted storyteller. So good, in fact, that she can even make a person reconsider her lifelong dread of ham-salad finger sandwiches. In this delightful compilation of essays and recipes, Hood waxes eloquent on her parents' cooking, her own culinary education via The Silver Palate Cookbook and exactly what food means to her: family, comfort, and deep connections to loves both lost and found. It's perfect holiday-season fare, but be forewarned: You'll want to keep both kitchen and Kleenex close at  hand ."

People Magazine


“Written in a series of deliciously digestible essays, the wistful wonderful "Kitchen Yarns" is a feast for the heart, mind and senses"

USA Today


"Growing up in “a big, noisy family, in rooms overflowing with people and food”, novelist Hood savoured her Italian grandmother Rose’s polenta with kale, tomato sauce, meatballs and Christmas antipasto. In 27 essays, Hood connects food with memory in delicious ways. She taught herself to cook while working as a TWA flight attendant, and bolstered her repertoire with recipes from the Silver Palate cookbook (Chicken Marbella became her fail-proof dinner-party dish). She describes the soft food (French scrambled eggs) she made for her son, who calls her for recipes as an adult, and the lessons (overnight chicken stock) she learned from her second husband, an award-winning chef. The stand-out: novelist Laurie Colwin’s Tomato Pie, with a flashback to Colwin and Deborah Eisenberg reading at a Greenwich Village bookstore."  



“She had me at Indiana Fried Chicken, but she might have you at her mother's meatballs or her husband's chicken stock. Hood, whose novels you probably already love ("The Knitting Circle", "The Red Thread") is married to food writer extraordinaire Michael Ruhlman ("Ratio," "The Elements of Cooking"). These tales of ingredients, recipes and meals will lift your spirits."

The Washington Post


The Gracie Belle Imprint!

From Publisher's Weekly:


"Brooklyn Independent publisher Akashic Books has recruited bestselling author Ann Hood to head Gracie Belle, a new imprint that will specialize in books on grief, loss and recovery. The imprint, named after Hood's daughter who passed away at a young age, will release one or two books a year."


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Praise For She Loves You (yeah, yeah, yeah)

Picked as a Best Summer Book 2018 by Publisher’s Weekly!


"Filled with love, hope and longing, this is a novel for readers of all ages.  I loved Trudy Mixer and know the world will, too."  

Holly Goldberg Sloan


“Hood, known primarily for her adult novels, offers up a coming-of-age story steeped in nostalgia, humor, and heart. There’s obvious appeal for Beatles fans, but Trudy, irrepressible in her struggle to maintain friendships in a changing world, will win many admirers of her own.”



“Trudy's voice and her relationships with parents and peers ring true to an adolescent slowly making sense of her life and the people in it. Her perseverance, cleverness, and sense of humor will keep readers turning the pages to see if she does meet her favorite Beatle.”

Kirkus Review


“ This charming coming-of-age story acts as a time capsule, offering contemporary readers a glimpse into life in the 1960s while exploring issues young people face in every generation.”

Publisher’s Weekly 

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