It’s time for a new Author in our Challenge and this month it’s: Jodi Picoult!
A popular and prolific writer, Picoult will be on many favorite author lists. Picoult is a good storyteller, easily drawing the reader into her books which usually tackle difficult ethical dilemmas that throw ordinary families into extraordinary situations. A prolific author, some of her most popular titles include My Sister’s Keeper (organ donation), Nineteen Minutes (a school shooting), Small Great Things (racism), A Spark of Light (hostage situation) and Vanishing Acts (parental kidnapping). In each, Picoult is able to present a balanced view, trying to understand various points-of-view which lift them beyond good vs evil. They provide a great insight into some of the most troubling issues of our time.
There is no shortage of great books that tackle difficult topics. If you’ve already read everything by Picoult and/or would like to try a similar author, check out one of these titles. There will also be displays at all three buildings with these titles and more to consider.
This is How It Always Is by Frankel (transgender child)
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center (aging parents)
Dear Edward by Ann Napoliano (lone plane crash survivor)
Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen (domestic abuse)
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (widowhood)
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian (medical trial)
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (polygamy)
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner (addiction recovery)
Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand (fatal car crash)
While these may seem to all be very depressing, in fact all of them offer hope and are a great way to understand a situation you may never encounter, but has affected others deeply.
I am planning on reading Nineteen Minutes about a school shooting, an event that has become far too common in the last few years. It was a hard decision though, as many of Picoult’s books are intriguing.
What about you, what will you be reading this month?