Monday Book Discussion Group

On Monday, April 24, the Monday Book Discussion Groups will talk about "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult.

An afternoon book discussion will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the auditorium. An evening discussion about the same book will be held in the Second Floor Meeting Room at 6:00 p.m. Copies of book discussion titles can be placed on hold at the Reference Desk. No registration required.

For more information, contact the library at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

 

hspace=2Small Great Things 
by Jodi Picoult

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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.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion and doesn t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.