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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."
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend (2012)
Matthew Dicks
"A novel as creative, brave, and pitch-perfect as its narrator, an imaginary friend named Budo, who reminds us that bravery comes in the most unlikely forms. It has been a long time since I read a book that has captured me so completely, and has wowed me with its unique vision. You've never read a book like this before. As Budo himself might say: Believe me."
These Girls (2012)
Sarah Pekkanen
"At turns bittersweet, laugh-out-loud funny, and painfully real..."
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."
Five Days Left (2014)
Julie Lawson Timmer
"...this impressive debut novel heralds the arrival of an extremely talented writer."
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."
I Know You Know Who I Am (2020)
Peter Kispert
"This debut collection has a wisdom and a tapestry of language far beyond the author’s years. Loosely linked unreliable narrators remind us that we might find religion in the most unlikely places — such as the space between a truth and a lie."
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."
Blood & Honey (2020)
(Serpent & Dove, 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."
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."
Minus Me (2021)
Mameve Medwed
"Medwed's lovely novel of marriage, motherhood, love and loss is so real that at times it feels like non-fiction. It's a timely reminder that in the worst of times, we sometimes rediscover the very best of ourselves."
What Could Be Saved (2021)
Liese O'Halloran Schwarz
"A harrowing tale of the lies of omission and the lies of commission that can break a family apart, What Could Be Saved is a delicious hybrid of mystery, drama, and elegance: rich with detail, lush in language, and capable of keeping you on the edge of your seat."
The Kindest Lie (2021)
Nancy Johnson
"The Kindest Lie is a deep dive into how we define family, what it means to be a mother, what secrets we owe to those we love, and what it means to grow up Black. This beautifully crafted debut will keep you asking these questions and more."
A Million Reasons Why (2021)
Jessica Strawser
"A MILLION REASONS WHY is a fascinating foray into the questions we are most afraid to ask: what constitutes family, what are our obligations to those we love, where does American healthcare fail the most, what secrets are unforgivable? And in case you need another reason to read this book: there are two massive twists you'll never see coming."
Indivisible (2021)
Daniel Aleman
"Indivisible is a deeply moving tribute to those caught between two worlds in the immigration crisis in America - a potent reminder that no human being is illegal, and that hundreds of thousands of children in this situation are forced to grow up too quickly. Although this is fiction, it’s far too real."
People We Meet On Vacation (2021)
Emily Henry
"Emily Henry is my newest automatic-buy author, and People We Meet on Vacation is the perfect getaway: a heartfelt, funny, tender escape that you wish could last forever."
The Woman with the Blue Star (2021)
Pam Jenoff
"Pam Jenoff's meticulously researched account of an unlikely and dangerous friendship during WWII is a timely and compelling account of the lengths we go to for the family we are born with, and the family we make for ourselves. It will leave you gasping at the end."
Eight Perfect Hours (2021)
Lia Louis
"I read Eight Perfect Hours in one sitting, I couldn't bear to put it down."
For the Wolf (2021)
(Wilderwood, book 1)
Hannah Whitten
"I loved it! I was completely swept away by the world-building, the characters, and the delicate gorgeousness of the writing! A brilliant dark fantasy debut."
Seven Days in June (2021)
Tia Williams
"A smart, sexy testament to Black joy ... I absolutely loved it."
Songbirds (2021)
Christy Lefteri
"I’ve never read anything quite like Songbirds—a beautifully crafted novel that sits at the intersection of race and class, that flags the frank truth of the lives of migrant workers for whom a flight to freedom can become the most finely woven trap."
Along Came a Lady (2021)
(All the Duke's Sins, book 1)
Christi Caldwell
"Along Came a Lady is exactly what I needed to read right now. Edwina and Rafe’s love story is ribboned with subtleties about gender roles and class expectations that make this novel both thoughtful and delightful all at once."
Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships (2021)
Sarah Grunder Ruiz
"Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships is a delightful love story about setting and settling goals, about the journeys of the heart, and about how you have to let go of the past in order to move forward. You'll be rooting for Jo from the first page."
The Roughest Draft (2022)
Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley
"This novel is that rare piece of writing that needs no editing, haunts your sleep, and leaves you wishing it was longer when you turn the last page."
The Herd (2022)
Emily Edwards
"It is hard to imagine a more timely novel than The Herd, which explores vaccination and weighs personal freedom against public health. A fascinating exploration of all sides of a particularly knotty, politicized issue."
All My Rage (2022)
Sabaa Tahir
"This is not the Sabaa Tahir you know...but it's the Sabaa Tahir you NEED to know. All My Rage is a gorgeous, star-crossed story about the costs of the American Dream and the way unexpected routes appear when you need them most. I read this in a single day."
Every Summer After (2022)
Carley Fortune
"A sweet story about second chances, and how the future we imagine for ourselves is never quite what it turns out to be."
The Foundling (2022)
Ann Leary
"Ann Leary's THE FOUNDLING is a compelling, shocking record of a too-hidden piece of history - when eugenics was commonly applauded as progressive social science.... A stunning reminder that not much time has passed since everyone claimed to know what was best for a woman - everyone except the woman herself."
Something Wilder (2022)
Christina Lauren
"Something Wilder is exactly what we all need right now . . . a true escape within the pages of a book, filled with adventure, rekindled romance and second chances."
This Time Tomorrow (2022)
Emma Straub
"I just finished This Time Tomorrow and I'm crying at its message and its honestly and its utter beauty. And now I have to go call my mom."
The Dream Runners (2022)
Shveta Thakrar
"Utterly unique, The Dream Runners uses magnificent world-building to explore how much of our own stories we can change."
Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic (2022)
Lauren Ho
"If Jane Austen and Kevin Kwan had a love child, it might well be Lucie Yi Is Not a Romantic. Lauren Ho's most recent novel sits delightfully at the juncture of modern fertility, modern women, and modern romance."
Always Be My Duchess (2022)
(Taming of the Dukes, book 1)
Amalie Howard
"Refreshing, steamy, and stocked with characters you don't normally get to see in the genre--a must-read author."
Corinne (2022)
Rebecca Morrow
"I was riveted by Corinne, a novel that explores the chasm between religion and faith, between divine love and a love that is divine. It's a modern-day Romeo & Juliet, and you'll whip through pages to hope for the impossible."
The American Roommate Experiment (2022)
Elena Armas
"What happens when a romance writer gets trapped by her own tropes? A novel that is fun, fresh, and sexy as hell."
The Make-Up Test (2022)
Jenny L Howe
"Enemies-to-lovers, set in academia, with the pitfalls of imposter syndrome to navigate? Yes, please! A sweet, fresh spin on how the third time's the charm."
Spells for Forgetting (2022)
Adrienne Young
"Lush with secrets, magic, and a past that won't stay where it belongs, this novel is (quite fittingly) spellbinding."
Return to Satterthwaite Court (2023)
(Somerset Stories, book 3)
Mimi Matthews
"Mimi Matthews never disappoints."

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