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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-09-18 00:40
Book Revew: Salem Falls
Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult

Book: Salem Falls

 

Author: Jodi Picoult

 

Genre: Fiction/Crime/Small Town Life

 

Summary: A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girls' prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation. Now, washing the dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, he slips quietly into his new routine, and Addie finds this unassuming man fitting easily inside her heart. But amid the rustic calm of Salem Falls, a quartet of teenage girls harbors dark secrets - and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation. Now, at the center of a modern-day witch hunt, Jack is forced once again to proclaim his innocence: to a town searching for answers, to a justice system where truth becomes a slippery concept written in shades of gray, and to the woman who has come to love him. -Simon and Schuster, 2001.

 

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review 2017-08-11 01:02
Small Great Things
Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult,Audra McDonald

 

 

Ruth Jefferson has been a neonatal nurse for over 20 years, at a small hospital in New Haven, CT.  She is a great nurse who loves her job.  During a routine newborn check, she is startled when the baby boy's father, Turk Bauer, insists on speaking with Ruth's supervisor, who subsequently informs her she is not to care for or even touch this young patient again.  The Bauers are white supremacists, and Turk has requested that no one who "looks like" Ruth touch the baby.  Ruth is African-American..

 

After having worked a double shift, Ruth is asked to watch over the baby, Davis Bauer, who has just undergone a routine circumcision and needs to be observed.  Because an emergency c-section has pulled all other available personnel away, Ruth is the only left to do so.  When he goes into cardiac distress, she faces the impossible choice of complying orders by doing nothing or defying them to administer to him.

 

When there is a adverse event, Ruth becomes a target and faces serious criminal charges.  The public defender assigned to her case is Kennedy McQuarrie.  The book has as its three first-person, present-tense narrators Ruth, Kennedy, and Turk.  The audiobook has three separate narrators for these roles, which I found really effective.  The book takes on race issues in a way that honors and explores the complexities associated with it, as the characters all recount their perspectives, and they all go through their own complicated journeys.  This is my second Jodi Picoult novel, after Leaving Time, and she's definitely become a favorite author.  She has a way of writing books I want to climb into so I can shut out the outer world until I'm done.

 

I had some uncanny timing with this book.  I'd placed a hold on the downloadable audiobook from my library's site ages ago. Just when I needed to make my "reader's choice" selection for my library's summer-reading program, this book finally became available.  

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review 2017-08-09 03:42
Review: Just One Damned Thing After Another
Just One Damned Thing After Another - Jodi Taylor

Epic title.

 

The premise of this is quite similar to Connie Willis' Oxford Time Travel books, but the plot, characters, tone, basically everything else, is completely different. So rather than make direct comparisons, let's just consider both to be part of the same sub genre of Time Travelling Academics.

 

I admit, I almost didn't make it out of the first few chapters. The prose felt very rough, and the story itself wasn't grabbing me. Too much slow intro on the premise and too much time spent learning the names of characters who wouldn't make it through training. But as soon as we get to time travel, I had a great time.

 

Mostly.

 

I do feel that the second attempted rape was a bit much. Largely because the events leading up to it were just dumb. The first one felt gratuitous, but fit into context. The second was just a shit cherry on top of a melting shit cream sunday of a subplot.

 

I like the protagonist. I like that the author drops things that look like foreshadowing, but are as likely to be recontextualizations as premonitions. I like the sense of humor a lot. And I'm definitely interested in reading more of these. 

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text 2017-08-06 15:49
Adding-book woes
Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult,Audra McDonald

 

 

So I just added this book, because of course my edition didn't exist yet (here or on Goodreads).  And I am so sick of adding editions but too OCD to shelve anything other than my exact edition.  And once again (this happened the last couple times that I added editions), I got a "524" timeout error.  So you wouldn't actually know that the edition has been successfully added, except that the other times I got this, it turned out that despite the error, I'd completed the edition add.  And so too, have I done so just now.  I just wish it were smooth and easy like this:  I enter my ISBN into the search box, and...  The book exists!  And I shelve it.  BOOM!  But no....

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text 2017-07-30 01:02
Rolled 6: space 22: Tomorrowland Station
Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's) - Jodi Taylor

 

Read a book that involves timetravel.

 

I really enjoyed this one.

Hopefully there will be more about Mrs. Partridge and Mrs. De Winter in book 2.

And the Shakespeare manuscript.

 

So many places I would like to visit.

The library at Alexandria would be wonderful.

A SAFE location to observe dinosaurs.

Ancient America, or Ireland.

 

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