|Publish Date:||Mar 2011|
|Number of Pages:||466|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.55|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||9.3 x 6.4 x 1.6|
Jodi Picoult was born in Nesconset, New York on May 19, 1966. She received a degree in creative writing from Princeton University in 1987 and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she landed a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. Her first book, Songs of the Humpback Whale, was published in 1992. Her other works include Picture Perfect, Mercy, The Pact, Salem Falls, The Tenth Circle, Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart, Handle with Care, House Rules, Sing You Home, and Lone Wolf.
My Sister's Keeper was made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz. She received the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003. She also wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her title Between the Lines made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.
For several years, Zoe Baxter and husband Max have been trying to conceive a child through IVF (in-vitro fertilization). When finally it looks like their dream is about to come true, tragedy strikes again, and Zoe loses the baby. Zoe, devastated but undaunted, wants to try again. Max can't handle it and files for divorce. Zoe's friendship with colleague Vanessa grows into a loving relationship, which leads to their same-sex marriage.
Zoe yet longs for a child and realizes that she and Max still have frozen embryos at the fertility clinic. Perhaps she and Vanessa can have her biological child. What ensues is a roller-coaster ride among the religious right, the GLBT contingent, and the hearts and minds of the families involved. The narration by Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Michele O. Medlin, and Mia Barron makes this a captivating story. Recommended for all public libraries.
- Valerie Piechocki, Prince George's Cty. Memorial Lib., Largo, MD
(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
After years of infertility, it looks as if Zoe and Max Baxter are finally going to have the baby they've longed for. But when their hopes are dashed by a miscarriage and their marriage collapses, Max escapes, first into alcoholism then into religion, while Zoe concentrates on her career as a music therapist. While working with a troubled teen at a local high school, Zoe begins a friendship with Vanessa, the school guidance counselor, which unexpectedly blossoms into love. Zoe again begins thinking of starting a family, specifically with the three embryos she and Max have in cold storage at the fertility clinic.
Verdict: Never one to shy away from controversial issues, this time Picoult (House Rules) tackles gay rights, reproductive science, and the Christian right. She forces us to consider both sides of these hot topics with her trademark impeccable research, family dynamics, and courtroom drama. Sure to be a hit with her myriad fans and keep the book clubs buzzing; includes a CD of original songs by Picoult and musician Ellen Wilber, which correspond to the chapters in the book.
-Jeanne Bogino, New Lebanon Lib., NY
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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