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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Recent Read

Have you read a Jodi Picoult book yet? If not, you're totally missing out... promise. I've only got about 50 pages left of this one, and it hasn't disappointed!

Change of Heart
by Jodi Picoult

From Publishers Weekly
Picoult bangs out another ripped-from-the-zeitgeist winner,
this time examining a condemned inmate's desire to be an organ donor. Freelance carpenter Shay Bourne was sentenced to death for killing a little girl, Elizabeth Nealon, and her cop stepfather. Eleven years after the murders, Elizabeth's sister, Claire, needs a heart transplant, and Shay volunteers, which complicates the state's execution plans. Meanwhile, death row has been the scene of some odd events since Shay's arrival—an AIDS victim goes into remission, an inmate's pet bird dies and is brought back to life, wine flows from the water faucets. The author brings other compelling elements to an already complex plot line: the priest who serves as Shay's spiritual adviser was on the jury that sentenced him; Shay's ACLU representative, Maggie Bloom, balances her professional moxie with her negative self-image and difficult relationship with her mother. Picoult moves the story along with lively debates about prisoner rights and religion, while plumbing the depths of mother-daughter relationships and examining the literal and metaphorical meanings of having heart. The point-of-view switches are abrupt, but this is a small flaw in an impressive book. 1,000,000-million copy first printing.(Mar.)

Don't miss Saturday's premiere of another Jodi Picoult novel, The Tenth Circle, on Lifetime at 9pm Eastern/Pacific. With Ron Eldard and Kelly Preston starring, it looks really good!

Next up on the nightstand?
Per Emily's suggestion: These is My Words by Nancy Turner

I love the library!


Christy said...

Looks like a good one... 2 weeks till my class is done and I can read books I enjoy.

My sister got a Patrick Dempsey movie from netflix last week and we were about 1/2 way through it before we figured out it was a made for TV movie... it was the editing that allowed for commercial breaks that gave it away.

Adam & Kristen Birkmeyer said...

I LOVE Jodi Picoult's books. I'll have to pick up the one you are currently reading...I haven't seen that one yet. Thanks for the heads up on the Lifetime movie! I'm going to set my TIVO now.

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