Ann Hood is an American novelist and short story writer; she has also written nonfiction. The author of fourteen novels, three memoirs, a short story collection, a ten book series for middle readers and one young adult novel. Her essays and short stories have appeared in many journals, magazines, and anthologies, including The Paris Review, Ploughshares,, and Tin House. Hood is a regular contributor to The New York Times' Op-Ed page, Home Economics column. Her most recent work is "The Book That Matters Most" published with W.W. Norton and Company in early 2016.