Circle Way

A Daughter's Memoir, a Writer's Journey Home

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Pub Date 15 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 06 Jan 2022

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Description

In this visually rich, multigenerational lyric essay, Mary Ann Hogan reflects on a life of letters and her relationship to her late father, Bill Hogan, well-known literary editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, whom John Steinbeck once dubbed “an old and valued friend.”

Circle Way is a bittersweet memoir of a father, daughter, and a prominent California family. Written in an evocative, expressionistic style, this work of creative nonfiction flutters somewhere between journalism and poetry.

At the heart of the story, journalist Mary Ann Hogan grapples with identity, family, and the creative calling. Sifting through her father's notebooks after his death, Mary Ann discovers a man whose unrealized dreams echo her own. Eager to learn more about her family even as she wrestles with terminal illness, Mary Ann explores the fascinating cast of characters who were her forebearers. We meet the author’s great grandfather, an Oakland lumber baron who lost his fortune in the crash of ’29, and a great uncle who was sent to San Quentin for two deaths some say he may not have caused.

Richly illustrated with Bill Hogan’s original sketches and watercolors, this poignant and absorbing tale is an immersive feast for anyone interested in literature, history, and the often-mysterious facets of family.

In this visually rich, multigenerational lyric essay, Mary Ann Hogan reflects on a life of letters and her relationship to her late father, Bill Hogan, well-known literary editor at the San Francisco...


A Note From the Publisher

Book illustrator: Bill Hogan

Book illustrator: Bill Hogan


Advance Praise

“History, poetry, art, and family come together in Mary Ann Hogan’s loving exploration of her journalist father’s life. Her quest to understand this gifted and complicated man is a delight to read, leaving us with a rich portrait of not one, but two consequential lives.”
—Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor, PBS NewsHour

“One can’t help comparing Mary Ann Hogan to Joan Didion. The prose is subtle; the insights, piercing. Circle Way … speaks eloquently to what goes unsaid in any family.”
—Susan Stern, director, Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez

“A love letter not only to the author’s literary father, but also to the vanished lives and sensibilities of an earlier California … it’s a bittersweet pleasure to share her journey.”
—Sarah Pollock, writer and editor

Circle Way is a gorgeous and refreshing exploration of writing and family. Hogan’s masterfully woven memoir offers new ways to consider the stories of our lives—what appear to be gaps in knowledge are ultimately paths to understanding.”
—Kate Schmitt, author of Singing Bones

“History, poetry, art, and family come together in Mary Ann Hogan’s loving exploration of her journalist father’s life. Her quest to understand this gifted and complicated man is a delight to read...


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