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Jodi Picoult

USA flag (b.1966)

Jodi Picoult received a degree in creative writing from Princeton and a Master's degree in education from Harvard. Jodi lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

Jodi Picoult's novels centre on family, relationships, and the balance of love. Riveting plots bring to light questions and issues that remain with a reader long after the last page is turned.

Genres: Literary Fiction, General Fiction, Young Adult Romance, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction
Between the Lines (with Samantha van Leer)
   1. Between the Lines (2012)
   2. Off the Page (2015)
Series contributed to
The Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year Best Book nominee (2005) : My Sister's Keeper
Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award Best Novel nominee (2006) : My Sister's Keeper

Jodi Picoult recommends
Willing Spirits (1998)
Phyllis Schieber
"Beautifully written, full of wit and wisdom and heart."
Housewrights (2002)
Art Corriveau
"The most wrenching New England love triangle I've read since Ethan Frome... Exquisite."
The River Road (2002)
Karen Osborn
"With grace and poetry, Osborn explores how the biggest emotions are sometimes found in the smallest seconds - and how a single moment might be the switchback that changes our lives."
Summer by the Sea (2004)
Susan Wiggs
"Susan Wiggs paints the details of human relationships with the finesse of a master."
The Rock Orchard (2005)
Paula Wall
"The most unlikely things grow in The Rock Orchard - prosperity, love, faith and friendship... and some deep Southern characters whose turns of phrase and approach to life will have you laughing out loud."
The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2005)
Kim Edwards
"Kim Edwards has created a tale of regret and redemption, of honest emotion, of characters haunted by their past. This is simply a beautiful book."
The Slow Moon (2006)
Elizabeth Cox
"I found myself pausing over the beauty of this book, and wishing I'd been the one to think of it."
Still Life with Husband (2007)
Lauren Fox
"Any woman who's ever found herself looking at her life and wondering how on earth she wound up there will relate to the characters in this funny, honest novel."
The Rest of Her Life (2007)
Laura Moriarty
"Resonates like an emotional tuning fork."
The Third Angel (2008)
Alice Hoffman
"Alice Hoffman is my favorite writer."
Skeletons at the Feast (2008)
Chris Bohjalian
"Rich in character and gorgeous writing."
After You (2009)
Julie Buxbaum
"After You highlights - beautifully and compellingly - the truth that sometimes we have to lose the people closest to us to find ourselves."
The Good Daughters (2010)
Joyce Maynard
"Joyce Maynard is in top-notch form..."
Solomon's Oak (2010)
Jo-Ann Mapson
"Her books will move you from out-loud laughter to bittersweet tears."
Left Neglected (2011)
Lisa Genova
"Remember how you couldn't put down Still Alice? Well, clear your schedule - because you're going to feel the same way."
Pictures of You (2011)
Caroline Leavitt
"Magically written, heartbreakingly honest... Caroline Leavitt is one of those fabulous, incisive writers you read and then ask yourself, Where has she been all my life?"
Attachments (2011)
Rainbow Rowell
The Violets of March (2011)
Sarah Jio
"Mix a love story, history, and a mystery and what takes root? The Violets of March, a novel that reminds us how the past comes back to haunt us, and packs great surprises along the way."
Kindred Spirits (2011)
Sarah Strohmeyer
"Kindred Spirits is just what you need to toast to the power of female friendship... Book clubs, rejoice."
These Girls (2012)
Sarah Pekkanen
"At turns bittersweet, laugh-out-loud funny, and painfully real..."
Five Days Left (2012)
Julie Lawson Timmer
"...this impressive debut novel heralds the arrival of an extremely talented writer."
The Star Attraction (2013)
Alison Sweeney
"Alison Sweeney's novel is an entertaining, backstage glimpse at those who organize the lives of the Hollywood elite. It's great fun for any reader who secretly sneaks peeks at People magazine in the checkout line at the grocery store, and wonders, What if . . . ?"
Lies You Wanted to Hear (2013)
James Whitfield Thomson
"Hard to believe Thomson is a first time auter, given the achievement of this novel. Compulsively readable and stunningly written."
The Fever (2014)
Megan Abbott
"If the phenomena that led to the Salem Witch trials were to revisit the world today, it might very well look like the scenario in Megan Abbott's engrossing, disturbing, panic attack of a novel, The Fever. In a time when suicide and pregnancy pacts can go viral, this story of mass hysteria in a high school is not only completely plausible - it's impossible to put down."
The Same Sky (2015)
Amanda Eyre Ward
"The timeliest book you will ever read this year...This one's going to haunt me for a long time, and it's going to define the brilliant Amanda Eyre Ward."
Where They Found Her (2015)
Kimberly McCreight
"A roller coaster of a novel...How lucky for us readers-McCreight has once again proven herself to be an insightful writer capable of taking us on a hell of a ride."
Everything, Everything (2015)
Nicola Yoon
"This extraordinary first novel about love so strong it might kill us is too good to feel like a debut. Tender, creative, beautifully written, and with a great twist, Everything, Everything is one of the best books I've read this year."
The Forgetting Time (2016)
Sharon Guskin
"An explosive debut."
Arrowood (2016)
Laura McHugh
"This robust, old-fashioned gothic mystery has everything you’re looking for: a creepy old house, a tenant with a secret history, and even a few ghosts. Laura McHugh’s novel sits at the intersection of memory and history, astutely asking whether we carry the past or it carries us."
Long Black Veil (2017)
Jennifer Finney Boylan
"In the tradition of Donna Tartt, Jennifer Finney Boylan has crafted a thriller that's intellectual, existential, and compulsively readable."
Gypsy Moth Summer (2017)
Julia Fierro
"The Gypsy Moth Summer plunges the reader into a hazy, hot daydream of hidden truth, scandal, and racial prejudice. With bold strokes, Julia Fierro creates a vivid world where privilege and class are merely a veneer to distract from the cracks beneath the surface."
Little Fires Everywhere (2017)
Celeste Ng
"I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting."
The Promise Between Us (2018)
Barbara Claypole White
"An eye-opening and realistic exploration of mental illness-a topic that greatly deserves to be front and center."
Gateway to the Moon (2018)
Mary Morris
"I have been spoiled by Mary Morris’s writing--her rich storytelling woven with poetry--for years, but this latest novel brings me to a whole new level of awe. Gateway to the Moon is a story about exploration--between the past and the present, between faith and truth, between the heavens and the earth. If you haven’t read Mary Morris yet, start here. Now. Immediately."
Love and Ruin (2018)
Paula McLain
"Paula McLain cements herself as the writer of historical fiction."
Dear Evan Hansen (2018)
Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
"Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel is a terrific reinvention of an already brilliant piece of art."
The Reckoning (2018)
John Grisham
"John Grisham is the master of legal fiction, and his latest starts with a literal bang - and then travels backward through the horrors of war to explore what makes a hero, what makes a villain, and how thin the line between the two might be."
Things You Save in a Fire (2019)
Katherine Center
"Oh, how I love Katherine Center's writing...and her newest novel is a gem...a story that reminds us that the word emergency has, at its heart, a new beginning. Just read it, and thank me later."
The Wallflower Wager (2019)
(Girl Meets Duke, book 3)
Tessa Dare
"Love her writing."
Frankly in Love (2019)
David Yoon
"I loved, loved, LOVED this book, which miraculously manages to be a love story, a treatise on racism, a peek into adolescence, and a welcome to Korean-American culture, all at once. Frankly, Frank Li is a character you need to meet."
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird (2019)
Josie Silver
"I read The Two Lives of Lydia Bird in a single sitting—crying, laughing, and rooting for the heroine, who reminds us that the people we love,and the people we lose,change us, and that who we are at the beginning of our story is never who we are at the end of it. What a beautiful, emotional gift Josie Silver has given us."
Dear Edward (2020)
Ann Napolitano
"A reading experience that leaves you profoundly altered for the better . . . Don’t miss this one."
A Good Neighbourhood (2020)
Therese Anne Fowler
"Therese Anne Fowler has concocted a feast of a read: compelling, heartbreaking, and inevitable. I finished A Good Neighborhood in a single sitting. Yes, it's that good."
Only Mostly Devastated (2020)
Sophie Gonzales
"Only Mostly Devastated is the kind of book I wish existed when my kids were younger - a charming, funny, laugh-out-loud teen romance that reminds all readers love comes in a multitude of flavors, and they are ALL sweet."
The Virgin and the Rogue (2020)
(Rogue Files, book 6)
Sophie Jordan
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that the young lady everyone assumes is mousy has uncharted depths... particularly when there's a scientific sister, an aphrodisiac, and the stepbrother of a duke around. Creative, unique, and racy --this story is not unlike the very elixir around which it is based."
Ghosts of Harvard (2020)
Francesca Serritella
"Every time I thought I knew where Ghosts of Harvard was heading, I turned out to be wrong. Part mystery, part ghost story, part psychological thriller, this novel is all entertainment."
The Second Mother (2020)
Jenny Milchman
"The Second Mother is a gothic unraveling of a novel, as moody and atmospheric as the isolated island on which it's set."
Blood & Honey (2020)
(Serpent & Dove Duology, book 2)
Shelby Mahurin
"A breathless, breathtaking continuation of the magical world Mahurin has created pits the strength of love against the need to protect those one loves…at any cost. Would you lose your soul to save someone else’s? Blood & Honey doesn’t just address this question; it slams the reader into the story - and that existential question - in a brilliant, unending roller-coaster ride."

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