Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult
A woman and her husband admitted to a hospital to have a baby requests that their nurse be reassigned -- they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into a courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear.
I hope this book has changed my life, made me more aware, more sensitive and more understanding of people who are different from me. There are parts of the book that are hard to hear or read -- like the words, thoughts and actions of a white supremacist, but also the words, thoughts and actions of people who don't believe that they treat people of color any differently than anyone else. I highly recommend this book. Read it with an open heart, open mind and a box of tissues!
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