How to Read a Book

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Mariner Books
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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Monica Wood is a novelist, memoirist, and playwright; a recipient of the Maine Humanities Council Carlson Prize for contributions to the public humanities; and a recipient of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance Distinguished Achievement Award for contributions to the literary arts. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband, Dan Abbott, and their cat, Susie.


"I laughed and wept my way straight through How to Read a Book. What a beautiful, big-hearted treasure of a novel!"
-- Lily King, New York Times bestselling author of Euphoria and Writers

"What a master of plot and character Monica Wood is. I love the various worlds How to Read a Book took me to: a prison, a bookshop, and a laboratory, all in Portland, Maine. And I love how hopefully Wood writes about grief and second chances on behalf of her three protagonists. Surely everyone who reads this novel will want to offer Ollie, a voluble African grey parrot, a home." -- Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author of The Boy in the Field and The Flight of Gemma Hardy

"A young female ex-con, a widower who was collateral damage, and a woman who runs the prison bookclub--three indelible voices (and let's not forget one extraordinary parrot's), remind us that life is full of mysteries, and sometimes the ones we believe are unsolvable as the ones that might save us. About second chances (our lives need not be apologies), the weight of forgiveness, our bond with our books, and the stubborn way love can make us see a world shining with mercy, Wood's new novel is both incandescent and unforgettable." -- Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of With or Without You and Pictures of You

"Gorgeously told...A finely wrought story, with deeply memorable characters." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Told with compassion and empathy, Wood's tender novel explores the ways people can surprise themselves and others. A deeply humane and touching novel; highly recommended for book clubs and fans of Shelby Van Pelt's Remarkably Bright Creatures." -- Booklist