Small Great Things

by Jodi Picoult | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 034554496X Global Overview for this book
Registered by Matty of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on 9/21/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by Matty from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday, September 21, 2020
I received this book from a friend. Although I have enjoyed reading some of Picoult’s previous novels, I was a little skeptical about this one at first. I really wasn’t sure about how a white woman was going to write about anti-black racism in the US without it veering into cultural appropriation or other cringy territory.

The book itself is well written but is emotionally a tough read. I loved how the author was able to use the tropes (white supremicist and model minority) to make the point that racism isn’t a dichotomy but a spectrum.

I read this right after reading White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and it was definitely an interesting combination that helped me to think about the topic in a fictional (but realistic) context.

Journal Entry 2 by Matty at Millennium Library in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday, September 21, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (9/21/2020 UTC) at Millennium Library in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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I’ll take this book to our meet up at the Millennium Library Park to see if anyone there wants to take it on some new adventures.

Journal Entry 3 by wingPooker3wing at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Wednesday, September 23, 2020
I picked this up from Matty at our meet-up, despite the same feelings of skepticism. White woman of privilege writing about Black experience. Hmm. So like Matty I began Googling for the reaction of the Black writing community. Roxanne Gay wasn't too too harsh with her for trying, so I'll see how it goes. Mind you I am the target audience. Thanks Matty.

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