For our first My Purse Strings Virtual Book Club selection, we will be reading Jodi Picoult’s SMALL GREAT THINGS.
The book is 481 pages.
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Why I Selected SMALL GREAT THINGS
I chose this book to launch our book club for a few reasons. Jodi Picoult’s books are easy reads with believable, developed characters and storylines. Yet, her books cover real-life dilemmas, ethical and controversial situations. In other words, these books make you think and stay with you long after you’ve finished reading. And, you’ll want to talk about it with someone.
This book made its debut at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list and has over 7,000 glowing reviews on Amazon.
Julia Roberts and Viola Davis will star in the upcoming film. I would love to compare the book to the movie with you all when it comes out!
What is SMALL GREAT THINGS About?
I don’t like to know too much about movies or books before I read them, just enough to give me an idea of whether I will enjoy it or not. After all, I only have so much free time and I don’t wish to waste it.
This book deals with racism, and everything that comes along with it: “privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion.” In fact, the title comes from a Martin Luther King Jr. quote: “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” It begins with the birth of a boy, whose parents, white supremacists, refuse to allow a skilled African American nurse to touch their child. The child later goes into cardiac arrest with the nurse in the room. It is what happens or does not happen that is the scope of this novel.
My Purse Strings SMALL GREAT THINGS Virtual Book Club Date & Time
(NOTE: If you missed the meeting, don’t worry. You can still join in the conversation. Scroll down at the end of this post for a transcript of our chat and join in on the conversation).
Date: Thursday, February 15
Time: 8:30 pm (EST)
Place: MyPurseStrings Facebook page
In the future, most My Purse Strings Virtual Book Club meetings will take place on Wednesday evenings. But since Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day, I moved it for all you lovebirds.
Please RSVP on my Facebook page if you are attending, unable to attend, or may attend. Facebook will export the event to your calendar. I’ll send reminders of course.
How Does My Purse Strings Virtual Book Club Work?
For detailed information, please read all the Rules here.
But in a nutshell, you:
- Like my Facebook page–That’s where the discussions will happen live.
- Subscribe to the blog–That’s where I post our discussion, linking to the Facebook chat. This way, if you can’t make it to the Book Club meeting, you can always see what you missed out on and even contribute to the conversation later on whenever it’s convenient for you. To make it even easier, you can subscribe to the blog directly on my Facebook page by clicking on Sign Up.
- Join the Facebook group, a community of book lovers, where we chat about books in general and about the current book selection in between meetings.
Share this with your friends and family. I’m excited to finally participate in a book club with friends all over the country and even overseas.
Once announced, all My Purse Strings Virtual Book Club books will become available on my Amazon shop.
SMALL GREAT THINGS BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION
If you couldn’t make it to the Virtual Book Club meeting, I’ve provided a transcript below. Click on the blue Facebook icon in the corner to check out our discussion. Please add your own thoughts to keep the discussion going.
Check out our 2nd book selection!
Until then, you’ll find me in the Facebook group, where we chat about everything books.