Jodi Picoult’s Sing You Home is Released

New York Times Bestselling author Jodi Picoult released her latest novel, Sing You Home, on March 1st.  The cool part about the Kindle version of Sing You Home is that it includes a set of folk songs written by Picoult and sung by Ellen Wilber that apply to Zoe, the main character’s life.

True to form, Picoult hits a controversial issue head on, and this time it is gay rights.  She has written about high school shooting, the death penalty, sexual abuse, Asperger’s, and many others.  Zoe, a music therapist who desires a large family, finds love with another woman and tries to have a baby, but ends up in a legal battle over embryos with her ex husband.

It is fitting that she tackle’s the gay rights issue, especially with the recent recognition of legal unions in Hawaii and that it is a hot topic across the country with heavy debates on both sides.

Sing You Home is about identity, love, marriage, and parenthood. It’s about people wanting to do the right thing for the greater good, even as they work to fulfill their own personal desires and dreams. And it’s about what happens when the outside world brutally calls into question the very thing closest to our hearts: family.

Jodi Picoult has an uncanny ability to provide a series of plots and weave them together.  She also writes from different character’s “voices.”  In some of her novels, even the text is different to portray that particular character’s personality.  She is “real’ and really cares about her readers and the subject matters she uses, which is reflected in her writing.

I also wrote another post on Jodi Picoult’s recently published short story, Leaving Home, and about her earlier novels that you should check out if you are interested.

So, with that said, I think I’ll go grab my Kindle and get to reading.

Kindle Singles: Selection of Short Stories for the Kindle

Leaving HomeAmazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) recently announced Kindle Singles, which are short stories written by popular authors such as Jodi PicoultRich Cohen and Jonathan Littell, as well as magazine writers and journalists such as Mark Greif and Sebastian RotellaKindle Singles are set at a good price as well.

Jodi Picoult, one of my favorite authors, wrote Leaving Home, a collection of three short stories that as Amazon puts it: “Leaving Home‘s three emotionally charged stories deal with a gamut of pain, regret, unconditional love, memory, motherhood, and friendship that the author renders almost palpably.”  The first story, “Weights and Measures” describes the trauma of dealing with the loss of a child,  The second is a letter that Picoult wrote to her son when he left for college and the last, “Ritz” is about a mother’s much needed vacation.

Picoult is a master at dealing with controversial issues in some of her most well known novels, My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, Change of Heart and House Rules.  Her next novel, Sing You Home arrives March 1.

octomomMany of the Kindle Singles touch on current issues such as Greif’s Octomom and the Politics of Babies and Rotella’s Pakistan and the Mumbai Attacks: An Untold Story. Richard Cohen got the opportunity to spend some time with John Milius, who wrote the screenplays for the movies, Apocalypse Now, Red Dawn and Dirty Harry. Milius is the basis for the ultra conservative gun welding Walter on The Big Lebrowski.  The Real Lebrowski provides a more realistic glimpse of the infamous movie director’s life and into the world of show business.

Jonathan Littell, the author of Kindly Ones and a war correspondent for Le Monde, provides a harrowing account of the Lord’s Resistance Army campaign in The Congo called The Invisible Enemy.  Thousands of children were captured and made slaves by members of the this horrendous movement.  Littell includes stories from children who managed to escape and from anti-LRA officers.

The selection of Kindle Singles touch on heavy, emotion evoking issues that many of us can relate to at some point or another.  You have a choice of romance, thrillers and first hand accounts of major events, as well as stories from the international stage.  The prices range from 99 cents to $2.99.  So, if you are looking for something short, yet worthy of reading for your Kindle or Kindle DX, these are worth a try.