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Do not go gentle : my search for miracles in a cynical time
Hood, Ann, 1956-
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First edition.
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New York : Picador USA, 2000.
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263 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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BX4705.H6346 A3 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Ann Hood is firmly rooted in the physical world--practical, realistic, and skeptical about many things in life at the cusp of the second millennium. But despite these traits, she traveled all the way from Rhode Island to El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico with her newborn daughter, believing she could bring home a miracle for her dying father. Ultimately, Ann Hood discovered the courage to accept what had come her way, and an appreciation for the faith in miracles held by millions around the world.

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Ann Hood was born on December 9, 1956, in West Warwick, R.I. She attended the University of Rhode Island and New York University. For several years, she worked as a flight attendant before pursuing her dream of becoming a writer.

Ann Hood had a dream of writing ever since her first "novel" at the age of 11. It was not until 1987, with the publication of Somewhere off the Coast of Maine that she received the recognition she had been longing for. Set in the period from the 1960s to the 1980s, the story deals with the lives of three women of the Vietnam era and their children. Strong on emotion and personal growth, Hood's writing frequently examines the intricacies of various levels of relationships. Other works include Something Blue, which also involves the association between three friends.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This small book tells the story of the search for a miraculous cure, the death of a father and one woman's reconnection with her Catholic roots. Novelist Hood (Ruby; Somewhere off the Coast of Maine) became determined to find a miracle cure when her father was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. The product of generations of Italian-American Catholics, Hood followed her penchant for the mystical, leading her to look for signs, interpret dreams and wish for a magic potion. She traveled to Chimayo, N.Mex., where the Tewa Indians believe that the mud is curative and a chapel commemorates the healing miracles that have allegedly occurred there. Hood was looking for an incantation, for anything that would make the tumor vanish. This poignant memoir of grief is also a love story: "My father," Hood writes, "was the love of my life." She loved the way he whistled, the way he smiled, even the way he carried boxes of doughnuts. Unlike many young adults who give up their youthful adoration of Dear Old Dad, Hood only grew to cherish her father more as a grown-up. As she watched him die, Hood (who had become sophisticated, started attending Unitarian and Episcopal churches and even affected a bit of a New England accent) began to "reclaim [her] heritage" of faith and family. This memoir is every bit as breathtaking as the poem after which it is named. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved