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Small great things : a novel by Jodi Picoult
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Small great things : a novel (edition 2016)

by Jodi Picoult

Series: Ruth Jefferson (1)

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A woman and her husband admitted to a hospital to have a baby requests that their nurse be reassigned -- they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into a courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear.… (more)
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Title:Small great things : a novel
Authors:Jodi Picoult
Info:New York : Ballantine Books, [2016]
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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

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bookclub book selected by Jenny Wood for February 27, 2018 giving it a four star rating
Food for thought book about racism etc. Not a huge fan of Jodi Picoult ( )
  PatLibrary123 | Aug 9, 2022 |
Why did it take me so long to read this book?

Jodi Picoult has done it again in my eyes. Emotional roller coaster throughout on racism, truth, prejudice among other things.

I was on a roller coaster of emotions on almost 400 pages of this book and the ending was just too much for me to handle and I cried again which was 6 years later. ( )
  sweetbabyjane58 | Jul 2, 2022 |
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. ( )
  marshamcg | Apr 3, 2022 |
I wasn't sure I'd like this book, but found that it was quite good. Some of it was rather simplistic; I'm not sure it would happen that way in real life, but it made for a good read. ( )
  Wren73 | Mar 4, 2022 |
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Jodi Picoultprimary authorall editionscalculated
Campbell, CassandraNarratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fliakos, AriNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraisová, AlexandraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McDonald, AudraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Epigraph
Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. -- BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced. -- JAMES BALDWIN
The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind. -- MARIA CRISTINA MENA
She wanted to get at the hate of them all, to pry at it and work at it until she found a little chink, and then pull out a pebble or a stone or a brick and then a part of the wall, and, once started, the whole edifice might roar down and be done away with. -- Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man
People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. -- Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
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For Kevin Ferreira, whose ideas and actions make the world a better place, and who taught me that we are all works in progress. Welcome to the family.
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The miracle happened on West Seventy-Fourth Street, in the home where Mama worked.
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"True confession? The reason we don't talk about race is because we do not speak a common language."
I hear the flow of the fountain behind me, and I think about water, how it might rise above its station as mist, flirt at being a cloud, and return as rain.  Would you call that falling? Or coming home?
Equality is treating everyone the same. But equity is taking differences into account, so everyone has a chance to succeed.
One day, you realize there is less of your life left than what you've already lived.
........there is nothing more selfish than trying to change someone's mind because they don't think like you. Just because something is different does not mean it should not be respected.
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A woman and her husband admitted to a hospital to have a baby requests that their nurse be reassigned -- they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into a courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear.

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