Small Great Things

Small Great ThingsSmall Great Things by Jodi Picoult ($28.99, Ballantine Books)

"When Ruth Jefferson, an African American labor and delivery nurse, enters the hospital room of Turk and Brittany Bauer to begin the routine care of their newborn baby, Ruth notices a change in the demeanor of the parents.  Minutes after leaving their room, Ruth is “reassigned to another patient.”   The following day the baby goes into cardiac distress and Ruth is the only nurse on the floor. When Marie, the head nurse returns, she finds Ruth standing in the nursery and Davis Bauer not breathing. So begins the story of internalized prejudice that percolates just beneath the surface of daily lives.

The hospital distances itself from Ruth and the order she was given from her supervisor that prohibited her from administering to baby Bauer.  With the death of their infant son Turk and Brittany file a civil lawsuit against Ruth believing she did administer to their son, causing his death. The state of Connecticut charges Ruth with negligent homicide. Enter Kennedy McQuarrie, a white attorney who takes on Ruth’s case and is oftentimes, for the reader, a source of comic relief in an intense telling of a story that explores racism and “white class privilege”.

As the story unfolds, Picoult takes us back to the childhoods of Ruth, Turk, and Brittany, and the events that shaped their adult lives. From the apartment of wealthy New Yorkers, where Ruth’s mother is the maid, to a small town in Vermont where Turk and Brittany are nurtured in the ways of white supremacy, Picoult gives the reader an opportunity to explore the most reprehensible beliefs that shape our lives and has at its root unresolved and powerful emotions. While portions of this book meander and are sometimes even predictable and melodramatic, Small Great Things is an engaging and powerful story.

This book and its author may be criticized from both sides of the racial divide, for her portrayal of African-Americans as well as white-class privilege. Small Great Things is a powerful and timely read that affords the reader the opportunity to examine the racial prejudices that fester just below the surface of our own lives. It is a story that examines the small, great things that separate us and prevent us from connecting as “human to human, friend to friend.

Reviewed by Inklings employee, Irene 

Recommended Reads for Book Clubs

Looking for your next book club read? Try this list, by Indie Bound, Compliled by indie bookstores all over the northwest, there are SO many to choose from. Below the current Summer 2016 list, are the previous year's lists. Be sure to browse them all!

Reading Guide from Indie Bound

Two Lovely Children's Books

Poets Dog"The Poet's Dog is the new book by Patricia MacLachlan. She wrote the children's award winning book, Sarah, Plain and Tall.  This new, small, and really beautiful chapter book is about 2 children lost in a snow storm, and the big dog that finds them.  Teddy, an Irish wolfhound, brings them to his late owner's cabin to wait out the storm. They comfort and take care of each other as they await rescue. This is a perfect gem of a book filled with poetry, happiness and some sadness, that will touch the reader. Children and adults will all be warmed by The Poet's Dog."

Reviewed by Inklings employee, Sue D.

 

"Sharon Creech (author of Walk Two Moons, and Ruby Holler, and Love That Dog among other titles) has a new book that is just out.  It is called Moo, and I love it!  Moo is a book about a family that moves from the big city to a small beach town in Maine. Reena and her brother MooLuke have been volunteered by their parents to help an old woman in the community. Mrs. Falala lives on an old farm and has several pets, including an ornery Belted Galloway. Belted Galloways are a specific breed of cow that is black in the front and rear ends, & white in the middle. This specific cow's name is Zora. Zora seemed mean at first, but as the children get to know her & work with her she gets nicer  This is a book about learning about animals and people. It's about being helpful and being adventurous. Children will enjoy this book as they bond with the children, Mrs. Falala and her animals."

Reviewed by Inklings employee, Sue D.

Moo by Sharon Creech

"Sharon Creech (author of Walk Two Moons, and Ruby Holler, and Love That Dog among other titles) has a new book that is just out. It is called Moo, and I love it! Moo is a book about a family that moves from the big city to a small beach town in Maine. Reena and her brother Luke have been volunteered by their parents to help an old woman in the community. Mrs. Falala lives on an old farm and has several pets, including an ornery Belted Galloway. Belted Galloways are a specific breed of cow that is black in the front and rear ends, and white in the middle. This specific cow's name is Zora. Zora seems mean at first, but as the children get to know her and work with her she gets nicer. This is a book about learning about animals and people. It's about being helpful and being adventurous.Children will enjoy this book as they bond with the children, Mrs. Falala, and her animals."

Reviewed by Inklings employee, Sue D.

Poetry Reading with Ann Tweedy and Risa Denenberg

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 7:00pm

Please join us for a night of poetry featuring Ann Tweedy and Risa Denenberg

 

Like These Books? Here's 60+ Things You Might Also Like

We found this TERRIFIC book/movie/tv show pairing from NPR, the perfect cure for that horrible feeling you get when you finish a wonderful book, and wish there was more.

Welcome to the second installment of Read, Watch, Binge! NPR's summer recommendation series. As you may recall from last month's lit, we were tired of algorithms that only matched books to books or movies to movies. So this month, we've enlisted the help of real live humans to pair books with movies, musicals, TV, comics, podcasts and more. (And to catch up on last month's movie list, click here.)

 

Like The Neapolitan Novels? You might also like ...

The Neapolitan Novels

The Best Of Youth (movie) because it's an addictive and epic Italian miniseries about two brothers that spans generations, weaving the personal and the political together. Sometimes you want to read about Italian cheekbones, sometimes you want to watch 'em. — Barrie Hardymon, Weekend Edition editor

Gomorrah (movie) because the best part of reading Elena Ferrante was learning about the influence the Mafia still holds in Southern Italy, and Gomorrah makes that gritty picture even more clear. — Rose Friedman, arts editor


Like The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up? You might also like ...

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up

Grey Gardens (documentary) because if you had a hard time Marie Kondo-ing your stuff, then maybe Big Edie and Little Edie, who lived in a mansion inhabited by fleas and raccoons and filled with garbage, will make you feel better about merely owning three blenders. (Or ... it might just stress you out.) — Samantha Balaban, producer

How Clean Is Your House? (TV series) because both give you the satisfaction of watching inspired gurus clean up cluttered homes, transforming lives in the process. — Katie Daugert, librarian

Unf*** Your Habitat (Tumblr) because if you feel somewhat daunted by the entire Kondo project, UFYH offers accessible little tidying victories. — Petra Mayer, books editor


Like Between The World And Me? You might also like ...

Between The World And Me

O.J.: Made In America (TV miniseries), particularly the first hour, which examines the LAPD's long history of brutal treatment of Los Angeles' black community. — Glen Weldon, Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist

Black-ish (TV series) because they're both indispensable in the age of Black Lives Matter. This comedic cousin of Between the World and Me looks at the world Ta-Nehisi Coates describes with pain and brutal honesty, and finds the humor and essential sweetness in it. Plus, you can — and should — watch it with your kids. — Barrie Hardymon, Weekend Edition editor

Read the rest of the article here. Do it, really. It's super great.

 

Article by Nicole Cohen, Rose Friedman, Petra Mayer, and Beth Novey.

Elizabeth Roderick, author of The Other Place

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 2:00pm

inklings bookshop is pleased to present

Elizabeth Roderick, author of The Other Place

So many good things!

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildAre you ready?? Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes out this Sunday, July 31st! We'll have plenty of copies available, but if you're worried about getting one, reserve yours today by calling the store at (509)965-5830 or emailing orders@inklingsbookshop.com!

 

If you've been looking for Waldo all July, tomorrow is the big day! Come at 11am to celebrate, join in the party and maybe even get a prize!Waldo

 

You may have spent all month looking for Waldo, but now is the time to start looking for your red bag! This is your official reminder! Tomorrow (July 30th) is a 5th Saturday! See you there, Friends of Inklings! (For those not in the know, if you're a member of our rewards program and have made at least six purchases, you are eligible for a red tote bag that gets you 20% off everything you can squeeze inside it* on any 5th Saturday of the month. If you don't already have a Friends of Inklings membership just ask us to sign you up the next time you're in store and you'll be on your way to getting this discount at our next 5th Saturday event in October!) *Anything whose proceeds go to a non-profit or charitable cause, like Cowiche Canyon Jewelry, will not be discounted.

Birds, and books

The Laws Guide to Drawing BirdsI was so happy to receive The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, by John Muir Laws (Audubon/Heyday, $24.95) from my boss, Susan. I can't wait to try it out, I just LOVE birds.

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