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Ann Hood and I lived in similar worlds growing up, if not geographically, then economically and culturally. What is most relevant, though, is the similarity of our reading lives as children and teens: we received little guidance in what we "should" read, and yet it seems that the right books appeared at the right time, deeply influencing the people we are now. If you were a "bookworm" (and I mean that is the best way) as a child, and pick up this book, I suspect that you'll feel a similar connection, and likely find Hood's recounting of her early years through the important books in her life as charming as I did.
Morningstar by Ann Hood ($22.95*, W.W. Norton & Company), recommended by Malaprop's, Asheville, NC.