Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is New Hampshire-based novelist.

Selected Works:

Songs of the Humpback Whale, The Pact, Plain Truth, Salem Falls, My Sister's Keeper, House Rules, Sing You Home, Lone Wolf


2003 New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, 2007 Cosmopolitan magazine’s Fearless Fiction Award

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Which one or two American books or plays would you yourself recommend to the foreign leaders?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Beloved by Toni Morrison

Who in your childhood—for example, parent or teacher—encouraged you to read books, and which one or two books do you remember most fondly?

My mother was the one who encouraged me to read.  She was ALWAYS reading, and one of the first memories I have is learning how to sign my name so I could go get my own library card. I remember her giving me the All-of-a-Kind Family series of books, Little House on the Prairie, and later, Gone with the Wind.

Which books by writers of the other G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom) have been most important to you as a writer?

I am a big fan of Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel, Kazuo Ishiguro, and of the unparalleled imagination of J.K. Rowling. And of course, I was greatly influenced by the British and Irish classics: Shakespeare, Byron, Keats, Shelley, Yeats, Austen.

What is the Power of the Word Exhibit?

Power of the Word: Leaders, Readers and Writers is the first online exhibition of The American Writers Museum. As world leaders gather in the U.S. this spring, The American Writers Museum Foundation is inviting American writers and readers to explore the power of the word and join in a discussion of how American books can help readers in other parts of the world better understand our culture.

Leaders Gallery

An exploration into what some of the world’s most powerful leaders like to read, and how reading has influenced them.

Writers Gallery

American writers comment on their early experiences with reading and name the books they think world leaders should read in order to better understand American culture.

Readers Gallery

An interactive, open forum where readers are invited to join the discussion by answering the question: Which American works of literature do you think leaders from other nations should read in order to gain a better understanding of America?

We would like to thank our exhibit sponsors for their generous support:


What is The American Writers Museum?

The mission of The American Writers Museum Foundation is to establish the first national museum in the United States dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture and our daily lives. Learn more at