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Jodi Lynn Picoult () is an American writer. Picoult has published 28 novels, as well as short stories, and has also written several issues of Wonder Woman. Approximately 40 million copies of her books are in print worldwide, translated into 34 languages. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003.Picoult writes popular fiction which can be characterised as family saga. She frequently centers storylines on a moral dilemma or a procedural drama which pits family members against one another. She is often characterised as an author of chick-lit. Over her writing career, Picoult has covered a wide range of controversial or moral issues, including abortion, the Holocaust, assisted suicide, race relations, eugenics, LGBT rights, fertility issues, religion, the death penalty, and school shootings. She has been described as "a paradox, a hugely popular, at times controversial writer, ignored by academia, who questions notions of what constitutes literature simply by doing what she does best." Early life Picoult was born in Nesconset, New York, on Long Island. She has one younger brother. She graduated from Smithtown High School East in June 1983. She has described her family as "non-practicing Jewish". Picoult wrote her first story at age five, titled "The Lobster Which Misunderstood". Picoult's mother and grandmother were both teachers, and she says that their influence on her was very important. Education Picoult studied creative writing at Princeton University with Mary Morris, and graduated in 1987 with an A.B. in English after completing a 320-page-long senior thesis titled "Developments." She published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she began a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English. She earned a master's degree in education from Harvard University. Picoult has two honorary Doctor of Letters degrees: one from Dartmouth College in 2010, the other from the University of New Haven in 2012.In 2016, Picoult was selected to be Princeton's Class Day Speaker before commencement. Career Picoult became the writer of the DC Comics series Wonder Woman (vol. 3), following the departure of Allan Heinberg. Her first issue (number 6) was released on March 28, 2007, and her last was issue number 10, released on June 27, 2007.Nineteen Minutes, Picoult's novel about the aftermath of a school shooting in a small town, published on March 9, 2007, was her first book to debut at number 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. Her book Change of Heart, published on March 4, 2008, was her second novel to debut at number 1 on that list. Handle with Care in 2009 and House Rules in 2010 also reached number 1 on the New York Times best-seller list.Often categorized as a chick-lit author, a somewhat derisive label, Picoult has claimed to accept a lack of critical acclaim in exchange for popularity: "I’m never going to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, not going to win a National Book Award, never even going to be nominated. What you trade for that is sales and readership. And I would rather reach more people. It would be very nice to not be unfairly accused of being a bad writer, but hopefully if you do pick up one of my books, you will be quickly disabused of that notion."In November 2019, Picoult participated in the criticism of Brooke Nelson, a college student who was mentioned in her local newspaper as saying she thought that author Sarah Dessen's YA novels were not suitable for the Common Read program run by Northern State University, Aberdeen, and had instead advocated for the inclusion of Just Mercy, a memoir by civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson. Picoult described Nelson's views as "sinister" and "demeaning to women", and encouraged her followers on Twitter to "fight the patriarchy" in response to Nelson's comments. When the story was reported in Jezebel, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Slate, Picoult posted an apology on Twitter, noting that her remarks had resulted in harassment and bullying of Nelson. Advocacy In 2016, Picoult joined the advisory board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, a "non-profit feminist organization committed to creating transparency around the lack of gender parity in the literary landscape and to amplifying historically-marginalized voices, including people of color; writers with disabilities; and queer, trans and gender nonconforming individuals". Picoult's website says that VIDA: Women in Literary Arts is a research-driven organization.She was a member of the inaugural Writers Council of the National Writing Project in 2013, an organization which recognizes the "universality of writing as a communicative tool and helps teachers enhance student writing". This inaugural group consisted of 30 published authors.She was a spokesperson for Positive Tracks, which helps young people to fundraise through athletics.In 2010, Picoult led the 5th Annual Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hero Half Marathon & Relay 5K Walk around Occom Pond and through the town of Hanover, New Hampshire.She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the New Hampshire Coalition Against the Death Penalty, an organization that successfully sought to end the death penalty in the state of New Hampshire through outreach, education and advocacy.She was the co-founder, with Marjorie Rose, of the Trumbull Hall Troupe in 2004 as a means of providing children with a fun, educational theatre experience. Children from grade 6 through grade 12 audition to be in an original musical written by Picoult and composer Ellen Wilber. The proceeds are donated to local charities. The organization's contributions since its founding have exceeded $120,000.On January 21, 2017, Picoult spoke at the New Hampshire Women's Day of Action and Unity in support of the Women's March on Washington. Book bannings In March 2023, 20 of Picoult's books were removed from Florida's Martin County School District for review of potentially inappropriate content. According to Picoult, the complaint was made by a sole parent who characterized her books as "adult romance", which Picoult has refuted, saying: "What [the books] do have, however, are issues like racism, abortion rights, gun control, gay rights, and other topics that encourage kids to think for themselves." Picoult criticized Moms for Liberty for demanding the removal of her books.During the summer of 2023 an Iowa law banning books with sex acts from school libraries was applied by the Urbandale Community School District to include Nineteen Minutes as part of a list of 374 books being considered for removal. Honors and awards New England Bookseller Award for Fiction (2003) Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association (2005) Book Browse Diamond Award for novel of the year (2005) Lifetime Achievement Award for mainstream fiction from the Romance Writers of America Fearless Fiction Award from Cosmopolitan magazine (2007) W.... Discover the Jodi Picoult popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Jodi Picoult books.

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  • Something Wilder synopsis, comments

    Something Wilder

    Christina Lauren

    The “reigning romance queens” (PopSugar) and New York Times bestselling authors of The Soulmate Equation and The Unhoneymooners present a charming and laughoutloud funny novel fill...

  • What Was Mine synopsis, comments

    What Was Mine

    Helen Klein Ross

    “A suspenseful, moving look at twisted maternal love and the limits of forgiveness.” People“Not only a terrific, spellbinding read but a fascinating meditation on the choices we ma...

  • Salem Falls synopsis, comments

    Salem Falls

    Jodi Picoult

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes a compelling and “multilayered tale of smalltown intrigue” (Glamour) about a prep schoolteacher accused of rape by a gr...

  • Nineteen Minutes synopsis, comments

    Nineteen Minutes

    Jodi Picoult

    Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper and Small Great Things pens her most riveting book yet, with a startling and poignant story about the devastating aftermath o...

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    The Storyteller

    Jodi Picoult

    An astonishing novel about redemption and forgiveness from the “amazingly talented writer” (HuffPost) and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult.Some stories live foreve...

  • Third Degree synopsis, comments

    Third Degree

    Greg Iles

    From New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes his latest tour de force thriller an unforgettable plunge into a world of sex, violence, marital betrayal, medical malpracti...

  • Accidents of Marriage synopsis, comments

    Accidents of Marriage

    Randy Susan Meyers

    “A complex and captivating tale” (The Boston Globe) which takes an engrossing look at the darker side of a marriageand at how an ordinary family responds to an extraordinary crisis...

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    Alice Hoffman

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soulsearching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the p...

  • Vanishing Acts synopsis, comments

    Vanishing Acts

    Jodi Picoult

    The #1 New York Times bestselling author of modern classics such as My Sister’s Keeper and Small Great Things weaves a “richly textured and engaging” (The Boston Globe) tale that e...

  • Harvesting the Heart synopsis, comments

    Harvesting the Heart

    Jodi Picoult

    From the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Small Great Things and Mad Honey, a novel exploring the story of a young woman overcome by the demands of having a family....

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    Jodi Picoult

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes a “sensitive exploration of the balance of love” (Publishers Weekly).Two cousins are driven to extr...

  • Handle with Care synopsis, comments

    Handle with Care

    Jodi Picoult

    When Willow is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, her parents are devastatedshe will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain. In this provocative st...

  • Every Note Played synopsis, comments

    Every Note Played

    Lisa Genova

    “Unsparing in her depiction of the disease’s harrowing effects, neuroscientist Genova also celebrates humanity.” People “Sometimes it’s easier to tell truth in fiction…And she tell...

  • A Spark of Light synopsis, comments

    A Spark of Light

    Jodi Picoult

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  The author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a he...

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    Wish You Were Here

    Jodi Picoult

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the author of Small Great Things and The Book of Two Ways comes “a powerfully evocative story of resilience and the triumph of the human spi...

  • Lone Wolf synopsis, comments

    Lone Wolf

    Jodi Picoult

    A life hanging in the balance…a family torn apartNew York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells an unforgettable story about family secrets, love, and letting go. On an icy w...

  • True Evil synopsis, comments

    True Evil

    Greg Iles

    A Southern doctor is pulled into a terrifying ring of murderous secrets in this powerhouse thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of the Penn Cage series.Dr. Chris She...

  • Sing You Home synopsis, comments

    Sing You Home

    Jodi Picoult

    From the awardwinning, #1 New York Times bestselling author whom USA TODAY calls a “master of the pageturner,” comes the spectacular story of a woman’s complex quest to form a fami...

  • Still Alice synopsis, comments

    Still Alice

    Lisa Genova

    In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished woman slowly loses her thoughts and memories to Alzheimer’s diseaseonly to discover that each day b...

  • The Soulmate Equation synopsis, comments

    The Soulmate Equation

    Christina Lauren

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“Writing duo and reigning romance queens Christina Lauren are back with The Soulmate Equation, their most ambitious book to date.” PopSugar​“A sexy...

  • Change of Heart synopsis, comments

    Change of Heart

    Jodi Picoult

    The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author and “master of the craft of storytelling” (Associated Press) weaves a spellbinding tale of a mother’s tragic loss and one man’s cha...

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    The Tenth Circle

    Jodi Picoult

    From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult, a powerful novel that explores the unbreakable bond between parent and child, and questions whether you can reinvent yourself i...

  • Small Great Things synopsis, comments

    Small Great Things

    Jodi Picoult

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, ...

  • Left Neglected synopsis, comments

    Left Neglected

    Lisa Genova

    In Lisa Genova’s New York Times bestselling noveland Academy Award–winning filmof resilience in the face of a devastating diagnosis, a vibrant mother in her thirties learns what ma...

  • The World That We Knew synopsis, comments

    The World That We Knew

    Alice Hoffman

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL On the brink of World War II, with the Nazis tightening their grip on Berlin, a mother’s act of courage and love...

  • The Rules of Magic synopsis, comments

    The Rules of Magic

    Alice Hoffman

    An instant New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick from beloved author Alice Hoffmanthe spellbinding prequel to Practical Magic.Find your magic.For the Owens...

  • The Breakaway synopsis, comments

    The Breakaway

    Jennifer Weiner

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes a warmhearted and empowering new novel about love, family, friendship, secrets, and a lifechanging journey.Thirtythr...

  • The Bridge synopsis, comments

    The Bridge

    Karen Kingsbury

    Fromt the New York Times bestselling author of Someone Like You, Karen Kingsbury's heartwarming story about two couples, love lost and found, and the miracle that saved a bookstore...

  • Songs of the Humpback Whale synopsis, comments

    Songs of the Humpback Whale

    Jodi Picoult

    Jodi Picoult’s powerful novel portrays an emotionally charged marriage that changes course in one explosive moment.Sometimes finding your own voice is a matter of listening to the ...

  • Turning Angel synopsis, comments

    Turning Angel

    Greg Iles

    #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mississippi Blood and The Bone Tree keeps the secrets of the South alive in this “powerful…heartfelt…entirely gripping” (The Washington Post...

  • House Rules synopsis, comments

    House Rules

    Jodi Picoult

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and the modern classics My Sister’s Keeper, The Storyteller, and more, comes a “complex, compassionate, and smar...

  • Keeping Faith synopsis, comments

    Keeping Faith

    Jodi Picoult

    “A triumph. This novel’s haunting strength will hold the reader until the very end and make Faith and her story impossible to forget.” Richmond Times Dispatch “Extraordinary.” Orla...

  • The Book of Two Ways synopsis, comments

    The Book of Two Ways

    Jodi Picoult

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a “powerful” (The Washington Post) novel about the choices that alter the c...

  • Perfect Match synopsis, comments

    Perfect Match

    Jodi Picoult

    Picoult brings to life a female prosecutor whose cherished family is shattered when she learns that her fiveyearold son has been sexually abused.What does it mean to be a good moth...

  • Magic Lessons synopsis, comments

    Magic Lessons

    Alice Hoffman

    In this “ bewitching” (The New York Times Book Review) novel that traces a centuriesold curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused ...

  • Picture Perfect synopsis, comments

    Picture Perfect

    Jodi Picoult

    The #1 New York Times bestselling author of My Sister's Keeper examines the fault lines of a troubled marriage in this “unfailingly intelligent…undeniably literary psychologic...

  • Mad Honey synopsis, comments

    Mad Honey

    Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Alternatingly heartpounding and heartbreaking. This collaboration between two bestselling authors seamlessly weaves together Olivia and Lily’s journeys,...

  • Someone Like You synopsis, comments

    Someone Like You

    Karen Kingsbury

    Soon to be a major motion picture starring Sarah Fisher!Science raises questions only hope and faith can answer in this instant New York Times bestselling “tale of forgiveness and ...

  • Twenty Years Later synopsis, comments

    Twenty Years Later

    Charlie Donlea

    “Excellent…Donlea tells a propulsive tale.” – The New York TimesThe New York Times Best Thrillers This Season | E! NewsRecommended Books | Overdrive Biggest Books of the MonthFans ...