The Free Press, Mankato, MN


December 29, 2013

Winter reads for the deep freeze

Authors, professors provide book recommendations for the deep freeze ahead


It is at once a dark story and also full of such gorgeous language that the reader is "submerged" as each of the two characters are in their own ways. Ledgard is Scottish and has lived in Africa for many years.

■ “Knitting Yarns: Writers and Knitting,” by Ann Hood — Ann Hood's 5-year-old daughter died suddenly in 2002 of an infection. Hood found knitting to be one of the few things that enabled her to cope with her grief.

Already a writer, she subsequently produced two books which further allowed her to work through her grief: “The Knitting Circle,” a novel, and “Comfort,” a memoir of her heart-breaking loss. Now she has published this wonderful anthology with funny, poignant and engrossing essays by many famous writers who also knit, including Elizabeth Berg, Sue Grafton, Barbara Kingsolver, Andre Dubus III, Ann Patchett and Jane Smiley.

The book also offers five original knitting patterns. A perfect gift for the knitter in your life!

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