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Where the Heart is (Oprahs Book Club) [Paperback]

Billie Letts
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NOVALEE NATION, seventeen, seven months pregnant, thirty-seven pounds overweight-and superstitious about sevens-shifted uncomfortably in the seat of the old Ply-mouth and ran her hands down the curve of her belly. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars My heart was with this book! May 26 2004
In Billie Letts' novel "Where the Heart Is," she creates a loving and heartwarming story about a young woman trying to establish herself as a positive role model for her daughter and keep up with the fast paced changes life throws in her direction. The novel follows Novalee Nation, a young woman of 17 who gives birth to a baby girl in the most unlikely place: a Wal-Mart store. Knowing no one in the small town of Sequoyah, Oklahoma where she was abandoned by her boyfriend, she is forced to find friends and support from a whole host of characters. There's Sister Thelma Husband, who opens her home to Novalee and helps raise her daughter Americus. Forney, the librarian, who teaches Novalee some of the most important lessons about love and friendship. Lexie, the nurse who befriended Novalee in the hospital after Americus was born, who taught her important lessons about family, and that life can change in a single moment and not to take anything for granted. All of the characters are so well developed and they add something unique to the story that makes it such a great read.
Billie Letts does an excellent job of placing the reader in Sequoyah, mostly because she has lived there before and knows the ways to make a reader feel as though they are experiencing the dry heat of Oklahoma and the tornado that whips through the town, leaving a huge impact on the life of Novalee. It was a very easy read, not a lot of overwhelming detail. Just enough to evoke an image in your mind of the characters and the setting, and to get a solid understanding of the feelings and emotions of the characters.
I really loved the bond between Novalee and Americus, and how the emphasis on family was so important.
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By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio Cassette
This is my first book by this author. I picked this book because I had seen a few clips of the movie that was made from it and because it was listed on the Oprah's Book Club. So, I was curious about the story and I expected a great book since it was endorsed by Oprah. Well...I've got mixed feelings about it. It starts very well and the premise of the story is very intriguing. It's about a young homeless pregnant 17-year old girl (Novalee) who finds herself in trouble and decide to hide in a Wal-Mart until she figures out what to do. She ends up delivering her baby in the Wal-Mart and, thanks to the help of wonderful strangers, makes a new life for herself in a small town in Oklahoma. So, as I said, it starts well and it hooks you but, to my sadness, it kind of fizzles after a while. As the years go by, the author seems to run out of imagination and sticks to mentionning, without much development, events that happen to Novalee and those she loves. While the ending seems nice, the author kind of leaves us hanging as to how Novalee's life turns out. So, a good start but a superficial treatment makes for an unsatisfying novel. I give it 3 out 5 stars (good, but barely).
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By scarlet
I normally start fictional books and just stop...Book of Negros, The Kite Runner, Water for Elephants. This book was different. I honestly loved every single minute and was so upset when it was finished. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book June 12 2006
This is a wonderful novel that will make you feel good after reading it. The characters are very likable and the overall tone is tender and warm. Although a bit predictable, Where the Heart Is will not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!!!! June 23 2004
I absolutely LOVED this book! I can't even tell you how many times I have read this book!
The characters are awesome and reading about them makes me want to meet them. They are all so fun-loving and they seem like really great people!
After reading the book, I bought the movie and the movie doesn't do justice to how incredibly great this book was!
Everyone should read this book, it teaches you about life and how you shouldn't take things for granted! Again, AWESOME book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Nov. 14 2009
Very easy read. It is a one day type of book. Very inspiring story, full of good humor and reality. The characters seem real, and gives you hope that the world is not all that bad. Its a very entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read June 8 2010
By Ltype
If you are looking for something entertaining, this is it. The book takes you on a journey with characters you want to meet. Novalee starts off being a follower and ends up being a doer. Inspiring, you won't want to put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Aug. 2 2008
By J. Macgillivray TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I read this quite some time ago, a few years before it became an Oprah book. I found it charming and sweet then, and have enjoyed re-reading it several times over the years. It reminds you that there are still good people out there.
I enjoyed the movie with Natalie Portman as well.
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