An entertaining and fascinating memoir of “gifted storyteller” (People) Ann Hood’s adventurous years as a TWA flight attendant named one of Spring 2022's "Most Anticipated Books" by Apple Books
In 1978, in the tailwind of the Golden Age of air travel, flight attendants were the epitome of glamor and sophistication. Fresh out of college and hungry to experience the world, Ann Hood joined their ranks. She carved chateaubriand in the first-class cabin, found romance on layovers in London and Lisbon, and walked more than a million miles in high heels, smiling as she served thousands of passengers. She flew through the start of deregulation, an oil crisis, massive furloughs, and a labor strike.
As the airline industry changed around her, Hood began to write—even drafting snatches of her first novel from the jump-seat. She reveals how the job empowered her, despite its roots in sexist standards. Packed with funny, moving, and shocking stories of life as a flight attendant, Fly Girl captures the nostalgia and magic of air travel at its height, and the thrill that remains with every takeoff.
Flying into a bookstore near you on May 3rd, 2022!
Available for pre-order at these retailers or wherever you buy books!
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 ."
“Written in a series of deliciously digestible essays, the wistful wonderful "Kitchen Yarns" is a feast for the heart, mind and senses"
"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."
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.”
“ 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.”