Out Today; ‘Handle with Care’

Jodi Picoult’s 16th novel, Handle with Care, comes out today. The current issue of People (2/9 — not available online, but we track People‘s reviews in our Weekly Magazines listing) gives it four of four stars (Picoult is “a master of the domestic landscape”), it gets an equally strong review in the Washington Post today, and the author is interviewed in USA Today.

Her life in New Hampshire is not at all like her novels which deal with what USA Today calls “domestic angst and agony.” In fact, “Her family is so warm and connected, they come across as a high-tech version of The Waltons snuggling around the granite countertop with their laptops.”

So why does she write about families in crisis?

“Maybe I write these kinds of novels to create an imaginary safety net for my own family,” Picoult says. “If I write about these issues, I won’t have to live them.”

She is bothered that she is considered a commercial writer and therefore ineligible for literary awards;

“Because something is commercial fiction does not mean it isn’t worthy or well-written,” she says. “I write fiction of morality and ethics.

USA Today answers a burning question — the proper pronunciation of her name. It’s PEA-koe.

She begins an extensive book tour today. For listings, check her web site, under “Appearances.”

Total copies ordered by four large library systems:

Hardcover — 1,452 copies with 3,494 reserves

Large Type — 114 copies with 222 reserves (two systems did not order  it in LT)

Audio — 162 copies with 234 reserves (one system did not order the audio)

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Handle with Care

Jodi Picoult

  • Hardcover: $27.96; 496 pages
  • Publisher: Atria (March 3, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0743296419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743296410
  • Large Print: $34.95; Center Point Large Print;  (April 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1602854394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602854390
  • Audio CD: $44.99; 14 CD’s
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, March, 09
  • ISBN-10: 1436198402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1436198400

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