The 12 Days of Books: Book 5

small great things.

small great things. 

small great things. 

Once you read Jodi Picoult’s latest book, small great things, it will echo throughout your brain, imprint on your heart, and be part of you, forever.

The official book blurb is thus: Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital 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 McQuarrie, 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.

It’s a heart wrenching story that asks us to look inward and outward at the biases that swirl, surround, and affect our daily lives.

Happy Reading!

Live, Love, Learn,

Megan & The Write Teacher(s) 

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The 12 Days of Books: Book 5