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Overview (3)

Born in USA
Birth NameJodi Lynn Picoult
Height 5' 6¼" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jodi Picoult was born on May 19, 1966 in the USA as Jodi Lynn Picoult. She is a writer, known for My Sister's Keeper (2009), Wish You Were Here and Sing You Home. She has been married to Timothy Warren van Leer since November 18, 1989. They have three children.

Family (1)

Spouse Timothy Warren van Leer (18 November 1989 - present)  (3 children)

Trivia (8)

Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 138, pages 362-364. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
Children: Kyle, Jacob and Sammy.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Volume 170, pages 320-323. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2008.
Graduated from Princeton University in 1987. Earned her master's degree in education from Harvard University.
Worked as a textbook editor, technical writer, and taught eighth grade English.
Her first novel to debut at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List was 'Nineteen Minutes'.
Met her husband at Princeton University.
Lives in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Personal Quotes (5)

My husband is this amazing guy who is very strong and outdoorsy. And he has always said,' I don't want to be alive if I can't move. Just pull the plug'. My take on this is, if I can type with my tongue, I'm good. As long as I have an outlet for my imagination, I like the idea of sticking around.
If a woman writes about family and about the connections between people and what it means to be alive in this day and time, it's called women's fiction. And if a man does it, it's nominated for a National Book Award. What - you can't have a heart and penis? That doesn't make sense.
on her book 'The Color War'] I wanted to focus on that dichotomy between the good-hearted white person who is trying to offer charity and yet maybe is pushing on someone who does not want it or need it. Maybe charity is not just about what you can give, but what you can learn from a certain person.
There's this image of America as the land of the free and the home of the brave, and there are so many wonderful things about it that we take for granted. But on the other hand it is a country with a large, deep schism running through the middle of it, an ideological schism, and it's often a fault line that's caused by religion. Whether it's abortion or gun control or gay rights or the death penalty, where you fall on those issues tends to align with what your personal beliefs are in terms of religion. For a country that was founded on the separation of church and state, that sometimes is incredibly depressing.
If a woman had written One Day [by David Nicholls], it would have been airport fiction. Look at The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. If I had written that, it would have had a pink, fluffy cover on it. If Jenny Eugenides had written it, it would have had a pink fluffy cover on it. What is it about? It's about a woman choosing between two men. What is The Corrections about, by Jonathan Franzen? It's about a family, right? And I'm attacking gun control and teen suicide and end-of-life care and the Holocaust, and I'm writing women's fiction?

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