Jodi Picoult's House Rules

Next SheKnows Book Club Pick

Everyone loves a Jodi Picoult novel. She's one of America's most popular, contemporary authors - and her 17th novel, "House Rules", will - well, bring down the house. And, we're excited to announce it's the next official pick for the SheKnows Book Club.

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult's 17th novel, House Rules, hit bookstores this month and is the April/May pick for the SheKnows Book Club - our new online book club that's easy and flexible to fit into your busy schedules.

The book club, free and open to new members, is a great place to meet other book lovers, our fantastic official book club bloggers and even authors of our selected books who come by to chat about the book. All you have to do to join is sign up on the SheKnows Book Club message board and start talking books with other book lovers, bloggers and authors.

About House Rules

House Rules is about Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger's Syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject -- in his case, forensic analysis.

He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he's usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him.

Book Club Selection

All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger's -- not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate affect -- can look a heck of a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel -- and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder. House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way – but lousy for those who don't.

What a great book for our SheKnows Book Club discussion! Enter to win one of 10 copies of Jodi Picoult's new book in our House Rules contest. And don't forget to join the SheKnows Book Club to discuss this and other great books.

And check out our current book club pick, Pieces of Happily Ever After by Irene Zutell. The SheKnows Book Club will be discussing the book with our club members, bloggers and author Irene Zutell on Thursday, March 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. EST/3 to 7 pm PST on the SheKnows Book Club message board. Come by any time during those hours to join the discussion!

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Trudy R May 30, 2010 | 3:24 PM

My grandson/son, I adopted him and his sister, has Asperger's. He is every bit Jacob only my child concentrates on history. I recommend this book be read by special education personnel who deal with children in the autistic spectrum and with administrators who don't have a clue about this condition. Jodi brings it to light. My son's condition was so misunderstood by the teachers and administrators at his home school that he was abused emotionally and physically by 2 of his teachers. It was only when I promised a law suit and due process that they had a wake-up call. None of them would listen to my suggestions of how to handle him. They said they knew about his condition because they'd taken an 8 hour workshop on it!! I live it. He is now in a private school, which his home school HAS to pay his tuition and transportation, where the faculty and staff are trained in how to help autistic spectrum children. It is here he has known success and not been abused. I will be recommending HOUSE RULES to the special education association of my county and to the home school he would have attended. Thank you Jodi for bringing this condition to the forefront in such a creative and informative way.

Sophia Lee March 30, 2010 | 7:21 PM

Jodi Picoult never ceases to amaze me with her way of writing. My favorite of her books is "My Sister's Keeper." I'd really appreciate a copy of this book. It sounds amazing!

vicki wurgler March 29, 2010 | 10:58 AM

this sounds like a great read-I do not know anything about Aspergers syndrome

Michelle L. March 25, 2010 | 3:03 PM

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Irene March 25, 2010 | 11:14 AM

Thank you for hosting this giveaway. Please count me in! cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

Sue March 24, 2010 | 9:05 AM

I love Jodi Picoult! Thanks for the giveaway. s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Debbie F March 22, 2010 | 8:15 AM

I would love to win a copy of House Rules! Thanks!

Nancye Davis March 19, 2010 | 8:37 PM

Jodi Picoult is an amazing writer and one of my all-time favorites! I would LOVE to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!! nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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