Tuesday, February 14, 2017

what I read in january

I am a huge fan of jodi picoult, I've read a lot of her books over the years so I was super excited to find out that she had a new book recently released. then when I learned it was about race, I was nervous. I just didn't know what to expect, not to mention, I finished the book just before martin luther king day and it's just such a relevant topic lately. it also lead me to google quotes by MLK and now I'm even more in awe. one of my favorites is, "in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." I've also been watching the people vs. oj simpson and they talk about bringing up race in the courtroom, which was a topic of this book as well. quite interesting. and now - onward with the book review... linking up with steph and jana, thanks for hosting ladies!



small great things by jodi picoult
ruth is a labor and delivery nurse with more than twenty years’ experience. during her shift, ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. the parents are white supremacists and don’t want ruth, who is african american, to touch their child. the hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while ruth is alone in the nursery. does she obey orders or does she intervene? ruth hesitates before performing cpr and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. kennedy, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. conflicted by kennedy’s counsel, ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. as the trial moves forward, ruth and kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong. {amazon.com}

my take: A
where to start... first, I have always been a fan of picoult. she takes popular and difficult topics, while writing in an approachable and non-intimidating fashion. I'll admit, sometimes pieces feel slightly cheesy but it works. the topic is race is so sensitive, in my opinion. this book and picoult's author's notes at the end of the book add up to a meaningful tackling of the topic. I enjoyed the book, but really felt most moved by her author's notes which explain the research that she did prior to writing the book and her desire to cover such an intense and warranted subject matter. hats off to picoult, in my opinion.

have you read small great things yet? are you a picoult fan? thanks for stopping by, I look forward to seeing what you've read this month!

20 comments:

  1. Such a hard, but important book. I didn't think I was going to be able to finish it but read her author's note and it completely changed my mind.

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    1. I think the author's note almost should have come first, it was so important!

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  2. i really liked this book, and like you, i loved the author's notes at the end. i can only handle like one of her books a year because they are so heavy, but she's a good writer that's for sure.

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    1. I haven't read one of her books in a long time, so reading this one was refreshing since it's been so long!

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  3. SGT is one of her strongest books ever. And I've read all of them. Even the bad ones. This is an important, timely book, moreso than any other she's written. It's a hard read but one that I cannot stop recommending.

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    1. that's awesome that you've read all of them... I actually thought that I had too, but it turns out I haven't. I haven't read my sister's keeper and maybe one more or so.

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  4. I've been sitting on this book since the end of October. I saw her speak about it in Philly with Jana. I just can't start it right now, it feels like it's too relevant. Which is not even a thing, I know.

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    1. I am so jealous of you guys. I would love to see her speak, it must have been fantastic!

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  5. So I have actually never read a Jodi Piccoult book before, but everybody keeps on raving about Small Great Things. I think it would be interesting to read a book about race because like you said, it's such a big topic right now. It's definitely going on my list!

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    1. I honestly can't believe this!!!!! look her up on goodreads and add all of her books, or most of them at least ;)

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  6. I am actually reading Small Great Things right now! Glad to hear you liked it.

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  7. I want to read this book so badly ... and yet, I haven't put it on hold yet. The topic, which so important and unfortunately more relevant than ever today, is also a very personal and touchy one for me. I've heard from countless people that I respect and trust that she handles race very well but I know it's going to be a hard read for me. But I will read it because sometimes hard reads are the most important ones of all.

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    1. so true! I hope you enjoy it when you decide to start. the beginning is a little tough to get through, I wasn't sure if I could read it... but stick it out.

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  8. I haven't read it or any of her books, actually! On the "someday" list!!

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    1. you have to look up her books and read a couple! they are good!

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  9. I really need to read this one. I use to read Jodi all the time, but I haven't in awhile. I have a signed copy of this one to auction (money goes to charity) soon if you want to follow this blog: www.leaveamarkauctions.wordpress.com

    -Lauren

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    1. oh wow! thank you for sharing that link, will definitely do so. what a cool concept!

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