THOUGHTS ON JODI PICOULT'S SMALL GREAT THINGS

I bought Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things at the recommendation of a friend. I enjoy reading but for some reason don’t often gravitate toward novels. So I had heard of Picoult but wasn’t at all familiar with her or her work. The book came in the mail, I russelled through the first few pages to familiarize myself with it. I read the literary praise from a host of notable publications. And then I flipped it over to find a picture of the author and a synopsis of the book. Oh….Jodi Picoult is a white women, I thought. She is a white woman, who wrote a book about race, predominantly through the eyes of the book’s protagonist, Ruth, a black women.

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Brittany Barnes
READ THIS NOW: WHITE RAGE BY CAROL ANDERSON

“There is a book called White Rage, by Carol Anderson, about a history that most Americans don’t know: the history of oppression that African-Americans have faced from the Civil War to the present day. If every American read it, maybe we could really begin to have a real conversation about race in America as opposed to the nationwide internet comment section we currently have.”

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Brittany Barnes