Small Great Things

Small Great Things

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2016
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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?
Publisher: [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape ; New York : Random House Audio, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2016
ISBN: 9780735210172
Characteristics: 13 audio discs (16 hrs.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
audio file,CD audio
Call Number: CD PICOULT, J


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A Douglas County Libraries top checkout in 2018.

Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald portrays Ruth, one of three main characters, in this story of an African-American nurse facing murder charges in the death of a newborn. It's both an engaging and heartbreaking performance as McDonald compels the listener to ponder some tough social quest... Read More »

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Feb 13, 2019

Difficult to read at times, but important. It makes you think about our world today.

ArapahoeChristineS Sep 19, 2018

Powerful and thought provoking. Told from the perspective of 3 culturally diverse people, this unsettling portrait of overt and unconscious racism left me needing time for quiet introspection. This would be the perfect for a book club.

ArapahoeMaryA Sep 01, 2017

In this well-intentioned novel, Picoult explores racism in contemporary America. She weaves an interesting story and, along the way, she nudges her readers toward self-examination.

Dec 16, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook it was one of the audio books I hear in my car, and continued to take into my home and listen to it.
It was interesting and held my attention, that I continued listening to it on my home audio system.
Book is about the real life challenges of discrimination and those who are discriminated against cannot make others understand totally how bad it and how wide spread it is.

The main character goes out of her way to take a chance on perhaps what could have been life destroying risk to expose racism & its attached discrimination to what it is and to how the discriminated react to it.
Shows how racial discrimination is subtle and practiced right across the world in the guise of doing their jobs. Also shows how those discriminated against cope with it in terms of those terrified by it, those fighting against it, both religiously & culturally.
Strongly recommended, besides being good reading or listening it had some deep lessons for all.


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ArapahoeMaryA Sep 01, 2017

It is amazing how you can look in a mirror your whole life and think you are seeing yourself clearly. And then one day, you peel off a filmy gray layer of hypocrisy, and you realize you’ve never truly seen yourself at all... if our legacy is not entitlement, it must be hope. Because if it’s not, then we become the shiftless, the wandering, the conquered. We become what they think we are.


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