Jodi Picoult Reading

The other day, I met up with my aunt and uncle in Framingham, MA to see Jodi Picoult for a reading and book signing.

We all purchased her new book, which came out that day (Feb 26), without really knowing what it would be about, but Jodi did what we figured she would, and gave us an overview of the book and also read a chapter.

The Storyteller (which I haven’t read yet but plan on doing soon) is about a woman, Sage, who is asked by a well-respected member of society if she will euthanize him.  He also tells her a deep, dark secret of his former life as a Nazi, so he believes he deserves to die.  Sage’s grandmother was in a concentration camp.

Jodi’s reading was beautiful, poignant, and very well-researched.

After, she spoke to the audience about a few Holocaust survivors she had met.  One was about a woman who was freed from a concentration camp by Americans.  An American held
the door for her, and she said, don’t you know I’m Jewish?  He said he was, too, and that was the beginning of their relationship, which later turned into marriage.

IMG_0812Jodi also discussed the reasons why she wrote the novel, and talked about a man who is currently “hunting” Nazis, tracking them down and with the help of the government, forcing them out of the U.S.

Then she took audience questions, talked some more, and finally autographed the novels.  I got my picture taken with her, gave her one of my cards, and she even said she liked the name of my blog!

Jodi Picoult seemed real, genuine, and someone I’d want to be friends with.  In addition to being a fabulous author who tackles the tough issues of course!  I can’t wait to read The Storyteller.

What do you think about the storyline to the book?

Thanks for reading,

Rebecca

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43 thoughts on “Jodi Picoult Reading

  1. Wow! Sounds like such a fantastic time 🙂 I’ve read some Picoult books and have always enjoyed them, except for one or two. This one sounds really good, that I’m definitely going to be kindling it and reading it soon. I love that you gave her one of your cards – how cool! And she is totally right – the name of your blog is great 🙂 Can’t wait to find out what you think of the book!

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  2. I’m glad you knew her and you had a really great time! I know the author but I still haven’t read any of her books. This week I got “House rules” (in Spanish) and this will be the first book I’m going to read by her, and perhaps the next will be The storyteller in English!
    About the plot, sounds really really interesting, so I’m sure you will enjoy the reading!
    And how nice she told you that!!

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    • House Rules was good, I enjoyed it. But if you want what I believe to be her BEST work so far, check out My Sister’s Keeper. Even if you saw the movie (delete it from your mind, please!), the book was outstanding and had lots of twists and turns. I cried at the end of it like someone I knew had passed away. It’s a must read and I bet they have it in Spanish, too.

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      • OK; after a long search in wikipedia I’ve discovered My sister’s keeper is available in Spanish, indeed, but it has another title (The most difficult decision), and the film has another (Anne’s decision). This is insane. But I haven’t watched the film!! good!
        So, OK, I’ll read my book first, of course, and then I will come back here to see the book I have to read next 😉

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        • Sounds good! The movie is well worth it, and that’s a good title, too, for it. But yeah, movie. . . skip!!!!! Jodi Picoult even mentioned that at the reading, how it was out of her hands and she tried to get them to change it to the book ending, but the production company didn’t listen.

          Isi, if there is one book that I MUST read (in English) what would that be?

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          • Are you asking for recommendations?? 🙂
            well, one of my favourites ever is The princess bride, but I think that perhaps you have already read it. The other I always think of when somebody ask me is The frozen heart (Almudena Grandes). It is an amazing story that makes you be so involved that you can’t believe that the characters are not real.

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  4. Haven’t you read The princess bride? It is the kind of book that makes you feel extremely happy. You read it with a smile permanently on your face and life is wonderful during and after reading it 😉
    I’m looking forward to re-read it, perhaps in English this time!

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  5. Oh my. Another interesting book by Jodi. I cried a river afetr reading My Sister’s Keeper. The premise of the book is good and since I like historical fiction, the guy being a former Nazi is also interesting

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  6. I am really looking forward to reading this book. Issues concerning terminal illness, death and dying are the primary part of my work as a Hospice Social Worker. Even though euthanasia is illegal in PA as it is in almost every state, there are still a handful of patients who will ask about it and even request it. Of course we would never honor such a request, we feel deep empathy and aching hearts for them and their families, and do the best we can to help them through their journey. The main character of her book having been a Nazi adds an interesting twist that I am very curious about. My youngest sister, I know will be all over this book as she will read anything having anything to do with WWII and the Nazi Regime. Thanks so much for this post, and I’m so glad for you having the opportunity to meet Jodi Picoult. I have to figure out how to go about finding authors doing signings and or presentations in my area. Any words of advice on that? ~ Ilene

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    • I googled it! If you have a big bookstore (even a B&N, they hosted the Jodi Picoult one), they might have events. I also checked the library (no luck for my local one) and some of the major bookstore events in my area. Your newspaper or the big newspaper nearby might have book events listed.

      I googled things like book events in city, author signing in city, author reading in city (although “city” was my city)! Good luck!

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  7. I’ll be looking forward to reading your thoughts when you read it. It sounds really interesting with lots of possibilities to investigate heavy emotions. I’ve read two of her books, My Sister’s Keeper and Nineteen Minutes, and particularly enjoyed the first one.

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