Book Club

BOOK CLUB

Would you be interested in joining a book club?

Book clubs are a wonderful way to share your insights, opinions, and love of the written word.

The Friends of the Library Book Club invite you to join them the 3rd Wednesday of every other month for an informal review of selected books.  The group chooses an array of popular, literary, and intellectual titles along with notable authors for their discussions.  If you would like to be a part of this group the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov 29th  at 1:00 p.m. in the lower level of the library.

The book for discussion is Small 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.