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Best-sell­ing novelist Ann

Hood shares her life­long fas­ci­na­tion with read­ing in her new mem­oir, Morn­ingstar (W.W. Nor­ton & Com­pany, $23). Here are three true-to-life tomes she’s read­ing (and reread­ing) right now.

1. Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li (Ran­dom House), $27 “Li raises im­por­tant ques­tions in this shim­mer­ing mem­oir of a life lived with books. Why write? Why live?”

2. Townie: A Mem­oir by An­dre Dubus lll (W.W. Nor­ton & Com­pany), $16 “Af­ter their par­ents di­vorced in the 1970s, Dubus and his three si­b­lings grew up with their over­worked mother in a series of de­pressed Mas­sachusetts mill towns, sur­rounded by drugs and vi­o­lence. Yet this mem­oir is ul­ti­mately ten­der and lov­ing.”

3. The Chronol­ogy of Wa­ter by Lidia Yuk­nav­itch (Hawthorne Books), $18 “Bru­tal, sear­ing, gritty, gor­geous and un­for­get­table . . . Yuk­nav­itch takes us on her jour­ney of ad­dic­tion and self-de­struc­tion to, fi­nally, love and moth­er­hood. This mem­oir left a great big mark on my heart.”

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