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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult is a book that will make many people uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t meet a very real need. We grow when we are uncomfortable and as much as we don’t like to, we can do the hard things. I’ve always appreciated Jodi’s ability to write stories from multiple points of view and her dedication to research on whatever topic she writes about and this book is no different. I don’t want to give away too much about this book but the heart of it is racism in the workplace (though in life as well). We hear this story from 3 points of view, an African American nurse, her Caucasian lawyer, and a racist. Having all 3 points of view really created a lot of thought provoking questions and conversations for me. I walked away with more understanding then I started the book with, and more knowledge about moving this important topic forward in our world. I’m sure some will have problems with a Caucasian author writing from the point of view of another culture, and maybe she didn’t get everything perfect, I don’t know as I was born into privilege, but maybe, just maybe it doesn’t matter. Maybe what really matters is that we are finally talking about these once taboo issues and helping a group of people feel heard, maybe for the first time in their lives. An important read and one I will remember for years to come.




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