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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (840 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: Jodi Picoult Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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Leaving Home brings together three previously published short pieces, each dealing with a variation on the theme of leaving home. The first, Weights and Measures, deals with the tragic loss of a child; the second is a non-fiction letter Picoult wrote to her eldest son as he left for college; and Ritz tells the story of a mother who takes the vacation all mothers need sometime.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/18/2014

    " I really liked this! Much more than I've liked the last few books from Jodi. I don't usually do books on tape (well, I guess they're on CDs now...), but this one is only available on CD or Kindle (grr). Anyways, it's three short pieces all dealing with the topic of "leaving". I really liked all three and I liked that they were read by the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 2/11/2014

    " Great book to read when you have some down time, very fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherry | 1/14/2014

    " Looking for an emotional, raw read in under an hour. Picoult has just what you need. I felt every character- as they struggled to find meaning in what defines "home" and how that definition is created around others in our lives. Her first short captures, what I would assume is, those complex feelings parents have as their child leaves for college. Her second explores the natural wax and wane of relationships as unexpected and unwanted happenings in life force us to assess what we really need in the moment. And lastly, her third reminds us to lose regrets, bath our loved ones with gratitude, and play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/3/2014

    " The problem I guess is not the book really because I am not the world's biggest fan of short story collections, however I gave this a go as I really like the author's work. One of the things I like about her books is the confrontation and consideration of difficult and interesting subjects. For one thing I appreciate the chance to ponder these things as she throws them into my path and she certainly did with this one. The middle story is not for anyone that has lost a child and was the sadest and hardest to read but worth it I think. It provides the main meat of the collection with the other two being somewhat lighter wieght. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allison Cassidy | 12/28/2013

    " The $2.99 I got refunded, yay; however, there went 45 minutes of my life I can never get back. The first short story was garbage. The letter to her son offered some redemption, though I have no idea how it fit into her theme. I couldn't bring myself to read the third. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Berkman | 12/27/2013

    " If you're a Jodi Picoult fan, you'll like these three short stories on the title theme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 12/27/2013

    " I enjoy Jodi's writing and enjoyed this collection of her three short stories. As a mom, I know I have the "kids leaving home" scenario in my future...I'm just glad I have a few years before I have to actually experience it. As far as losing a child to death..I can't even imagine!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/23/2013

    " As for short stories go and as for Jodi Picoult goes, this was okay. I can't get into short stories as much because I feel like they are often rushed. I need it built up in a non dragging way. This didn't do it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie Schweiger | 12/15/2013

    " I have read EVERYTHING by Jodi Picoult and these short pieces are a wonderful snippet to her style of writing. If you know someone who has a Kindle and wants to read a little of Picoult's writing, this is a great intro. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Mann | 11/5/2013

    " Touching book -- with many wishes and thoughts turned into words. Much enjoyed the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 10/30/2013

    " A bit disappointing - two very short stories and a letter, not much sign of the Jodi we love... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 10/26/2013

    " My first Jodi Picoult! It was very good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristian Marrero | 10/21/2013

    " Amazing short emotional stories. You'll enjoy all three of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 9/21/2013

    " touching stories by Jodi Picoult - although a quick read, it tugged at the heart strings and pulled the feelings out. I love everything by Jodi! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti | 9/17/2013

    " I love Jodi Picoult. These short stories are moving and worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 6/14/2013

    " Bought this as a Kindle Short, don't believe it was worth the $2.99 I paid for it. But the letter that she wrote to her son as he was leaving for college is outstanding. It says things we all wish we could say to our children, but don't know how. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patty | 3/23/2013

    " The open letter to her son was beautiful. The short stories were not nearly as good as her other books, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/10/2012

    " Enjoyed the short stories.....cried, laughed and memories of yesterday's came flooding back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 10/2/2012

    " The letter she wrote to her oldest son going away to college made me cry! Since my oldest son will be going to college in Sept.....it hit a little too close to home. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanna | 9/30/2012

    " Just didn't like it. Only 3 stories - I expected more. Couldn't relate to any of the characters. Stick with novels, Jodi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/27/2012

    " I just finished this on my kindle and each short story was gripping I didn't want them to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 6/13/2012

    " I loved this collection of short stories from Mrs. Picoult. The open letter to her son is my absolute favorite, so very true. I believe when I have children I will give them a version of this letter. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 6/13/2012

    " A quick read sure to bring you toyour knees & melt your heart.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 6/7/2012

    " A very quick read but highly concencentrated. These three short stories all kept me blinking away the tears as I read. Emotional, thought-provoking and ultimately satisfying, Jodi Picoult never lets you down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Gurr | 2/14/2012

    " I love her novels, not too crazy for the short stories though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 9/12/2011

    " I'll read anything by Jodi Picoult! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 7/14/2011

    " The letter she wrote to her oldest son going away to college made me cry! Since my oldest son will be going to college in Sept.....it hit a little too close to home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 6/25/2011

    " touching stories by Jodi Picoult - although a quick read, it tugged at the heart strings and pulled the feelings out. I love everything by Jodi! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanna | 5/7/2011

    " Just didn't like it. Only 3 stories - I expected more. Couldn't relate to any of the characters. Stick with novels, Jodi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 4/14/2011

    " Great book to read when you have some down time, very fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 3/29/2011

    " It is short enough to read in one sitting, but yet she really draws you in. It's a testament to what a good writer she is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 3/6/2011

    " I have read EVERYTHING by Jodi Picoult and these short pieces are a wonderful snippet to her style of writing. If you know someone who has a Kindle and wants to read a little of Picoult's writing, this is a great intro. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/4/2011

    " Enjoyed the short stories.....cried, laughed and memories of yesterday's came flooding back. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 3/1/2011

    " Haven't liked the latest of her books so we'll see about this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/24/2011

    " I did enjoy the series of short stories, however it left me wanting to more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/22/2011

    " I loved this collection of short stories from Mrs. Picoult. The open letter to her son is my absolute favorite, so very true. I believe when I have children I will give them a version of this letter. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti | 2/21/2011

    " I love Jodi Picoult. These short stories are moving and worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 1/30/2011

    " Bought this as a Kindle Short, don't believe it was worth the $2.99 I paid for it. But the letter that she wrote to her son as he was leaving for college is outstanding. It says things we all wish we could say to our children, but don't know how. "

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About the Author
Author Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is the world-renowned New York Times bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, and many others. She studied creative writing at Princeton University and received her masters from Harvard. Picoult has won numerous awards for her work, most notably an Alex Award and a lifetime achievement award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with her family.