An Ornithologist's Guide to Life: Stories was written by award-winning author Ann Hood. Hood is the bestselling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, An Italian Wife, Comfort, and several other works. In this extraordinary book, Hood uncovers the riveting stories of several people trying to escape the troubles of their lives, while learning some important life lessons on disappointment, courage, romance, and more.
For example, Hood's writing features a woman coping with her failed marriage using food, a young alcoholic using travel adventures to stay sober, and a young girl's bird-watching hobby leading her to witness a blossoming relationship involving her mother. Their experiences ultimately teach them to embrace the authenticity of their lives, and make the best of them. The stories are published in The Colorado Review, The Paris Review, Story, Glimmer Train, and more. Hood's creative and thoughtful writing style has won her several awards, including a Best American Spiritual Writing Award and a Best American Travel Writing Award.