“The World Of The Book” by Jody Hill is out now in paperback and Kindle.
Hill, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Moby Dick” and “The Last of the Mohicans,” is writing her first book in five years.
She told The Huffington Post that she has had an “insatiable curiosity” to tell her story from her first year as a college student in New York City, but it took a year to write it.
“I wanted to be able to share it with people in a way that they didn’t have to read it,” she said.
“To be able share it like a true story.
To tell it like I wrote it.”
Hill said that she was inspired to write her memoir when she saw an ad for an award for best book for children.
“It was the first time I thought about what it means to write about my life, about my family, about the way I was raised,” she explained.
“And I felt that I wanted to tell it that way.
I didn’t think it was possible.
I really thought that it was something that could be done, and it was so hard.”
Hill was a part of the inaugural book club at Yale University.
She was also a part-time student at New York University when she began working as a housekeeping clerk.
She later went on to be a graduate assistant at NYU and became the first female editor of the Yale English Review.
“The book club was the most fun I’ve had as a student,” Hill said.
The book club, which she created, was a collaboration between her parents, two sisters and her grandmother, who was also the book club chair.
Hill said the book clubs were meant to be fun.
“In some ways, I feel that the bookclubs were meant for fun.
We were all doing it for the kids.
We weren’t trying to do it for ourselves,” she told HuffPost.
“When we first started, I think it just felt like a little thing, a thing that I could do.”
Hill, a native of New York, graduated from New York’s City College in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in English.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and three sons.
“You’re always feeling out there on the margins of the world, always trying to figure out how to do something new, what to say, what not to say,” Hill told HuffPost when asked about the book’s inspiration.
“But I think I’m always trying not to be that kid, the one who doesn’t know where he’s going, that person who doesn’s just trying to be on top of everything, but trying to find out where they are.”
Hill’s family moved to New York when Hill was young, and she says she was “not able to figure it out.”
Her parents decided to move to New Jersey because the family had “the most amazing, amazing family, but also it was just the right place to be.”
Hill also said she was surprised that she found a book club.
“That was really interesting because I had never been to a book group,” she recalled.
“No one had ever done it before.
I was a total newbie.”
Hill went on, “I didn’t know who was in the group, I didn of had to read the book, but I was excited that I was going to meet someone who I knew, and that it would be something that I would be able, that I’d be able have an opportunity to tell my story.”
Hill is now working on a memoir, “My Name Is,” about her family’s life.
She also hopes to do a book of poetry.
“My name is a very beautiful poem, and I’m not sure I’ve written it,” Hill explained.
“[The book] is a collection of the poems that I wrote that I’m about to publish, and so I’m just hoping to do an anthology of poems that are related to my story that is about my love for poetry and about my upbringing.
I’ve been able to have a really good time doing it.
I hope people will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed it.”
For more of Hill’s story, check out the full interview below.