I happen to be lucky enough to live in a part of Illinois where Jodi Picoult always seems to schedule a signing in spring every year! Fabulous! This year’s book tour/signing of course was about her new book “The Storyteller”.
To be honest with you, I had never read a Jodi Picoult book until a few years ago with the release of her novel “Sing You Home”. The main character in that book is a music therapist and as a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) (always educating and advocating for quality music therapy), I wanted to give the book a try. I was very hesitant and put off reading it for a long time as I was scared at how music therapy would be portrayed. It is still a very misunderstood profession and people have many ideas in their head (often incorrect) about what the profession entails. Well I finally jumped into the book and was very pleasantly surprised! Jodi clearly did her research and portrayed being a music therapist in a very accurate, professional way. I now say I will be a fan for life given her realistic portrayal of my profession!!
When I read reviews about Jodi Picoult’s books, there really seems to be either a love or hate relationship with them. It seems that people love them or have real problems with them. I haven’t read quite enough at this point to jump on that bandwagon, however I can say that what I love about them is that they make you think. At times they make you uncomfortable, they challenge your beliefs, they make you ask questions, they play with your emotions, they make you ask “What if?”, they make you hate the author and then love the author, and they deal with difficult issues! At times isn’t that what books and reading should do?
At this year’s event Jodi read a passage of “The Storyteller” for the audience. From the small portion she shared, this is definitely not a book that is for the faint of heart simply because of it’s topic – the Holocaust! Just sitting in the audience listening to this passage, I found myself effected emotionally by the profound themes of the book. I’m excited, yet wary of jumping into this novel because of the emotions that I am sure will arise.
Thank you for coming to the Chicagoland area every year Jodi! See you next year!
Books Are Life,