Ruth Jefferson
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  • 0.5
    Shine: A Short Story | Jodi Picoult

    Shine: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Audra McDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Today is Ruth's first day of third grade at Dalton. The prestigious institution on New York's Upper East Side couldn't be more different from her old school in Harlem. Despite being the smartest girl in her grade, Ruth suspects that her classmates and teachers see only her dark skin. She also notices that Christina, the daughter of her mother's employer, treats Ruth very differently when they're hanging out with the popular girls rather than playing together. Ruth must navigate between two worlds.

    Empathy provoking!

    A lovely story of coping in a environment designed for others. How unfair and cruel children (and adults!) can be to those who are different! The na..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 10 2017 by jeanjie (Jupiter, FL United States)
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    Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult

    Small Great Things

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Noma Dumezweni, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The new audiobook from number one best-selling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility. When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

    Essential for all of us

    A remarkable story.
    I grew in myself through the words of this talented writer.
    Thank you Jodi Picoult, for being brave enough to write this..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 16 2017 by Kelley Miedema ()
    Small Great Things: A Novel | Jodi Picoult

    Small Great Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 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?

    Hard to read for several reasons

    Picoult almost always makes me think. And Small Great Things is no exception. It's "ripped from the headlines" and fairly well done.

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    Reviewed on October 16 2016 by Anne (Ballwin, MO, United States)