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Where the Heart is (Oprah's Book Club)

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ISBN13: 9780446672214
ISBN10: 0446672211
Condition: Standard
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Novalee Nation has always been unlucky with sevens. She's 17, seven months pregnant, 37 pounds overweight – and now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, holding just $7.77 in change. An hour ago, she was on her way from Tennessee to a new life in Bakersfield, California. Suddenly, with all those sevens staring her in the face, she is forced to accept the scary truth: her no-good boyfriend Willy Jack Pickens has left her with empty pockets and empty dreams. But Novalee is about to discover treasures hidden in Sequoyah – a group of disparate and deeply caring people, among them blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband, who hands out advice and photocopied books of the Bible... Moses Whitecotton, the wise, soft-spoken, elderly black photographer eager to teach Novalee all he knows... and Forney Hull, the eccentric town librarian who hides his secrets – and his feelings – behind his world of books.

Review:

"What I love about this book is the message that home and family are not always what you are born into, but in the people and the places where you find love." Oprah Winfrey

Review:

For 17-year-old Novalee Nation, seven months pregnant, the phrase "home is where your history begins" has a special meaning. Leaving behind a trail of foster homes in Tennessee trailer parks to live in a real house with her boyfriend, Willy Jack Pickens, Novalee instead finds herself abandoned in front of a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Okla. With nowhere to turn, she cleverly conceals herself within the store, keeping careful accounts until giving birth to the "Wal-Mart baby" turns her into a local celebrity. Happily, the community reaches out to Novalee and baby Americus. Sequoyah's one-woman welcoming committee, Sister Husband, takes them in; cultured librarian Forney Hull takes a shine to them; photographer Moses Whitecotton encourages Novalee's raw talent for photography by teaching her all he knows; Lexie Coop, who has a huge appetite for food, diet fads and the wrong men, befriends her; and legendary Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton gives her a job. Meanwhile, Willy Jack, an aspiring musician, gets a shot at the big time before hitting bottom and realizing what he's left behind. Letts's wacky characters are depicted with humor and hope, as well as an earnestness that rises above the story's uneven conceits, resulting in a heartfelt and gratifying read. Film rights sold to 20th Century Fox. (July)

Synopsis:

Talk about unlucky sevens. An hour ago, seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend. Now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with just $7.77 in change. But Novalee is about to discover hidden treasures in this small Southwest town--a group of down-to-earth, deeply caring people willing to help a homeless, jobless girl living secretly in a Wal-Mart. From Bible-thumping blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband to eccentric librarian Forney Hull who loves Novalee more than she loves herself, they are about to take her--and you, too--on a moving, funny, and unforgettable journey to . . . Where the Heart Is.

Synopsis:

Abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma, Novalee Nation, 17 years old and seven months pregnant, soon discovers the treasures hiding in this small Southwest town. "A heartfelt, gratifying read".--"Publishers Weekly".

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abookworm1966, April 3, 2012 (view all comments by abookworm1966)
Light hearted thoughful book about the people we love and the people who love us, often the least expected. Great read...
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Little Nan, September 24, 2011 (view all comments by Little Nan)
I absolutely loved reading this book. The characters are common every-day people you would meet on the street. Novalee is a young unworldly woman who embarks on a journey with her boyfriend across the country. She is barefoot and pregnant when abandoned in the parking lot at Walmart in Eastern Oklahoma. The story only gets better as she learns how to cope on her own, meeting many interesting people who help her along the way. The author, Billie Letts claims that the characters in her book are taken from true-to-life people she has known all her life. It is a heartwarming story and you will love to read about these people who care enough to help a young woman all alone living at Walmart.
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Tator, April 23, 2011 (view all comments by Tator)
This is a very charming, homey book. Novalee Nation is 17 and pregnant when her boyfriend leaves her in a Wal-Mart with 7 dollars and 77 cents. Novalee finds a way to make Wal-Mart home, and meets some lovable characters along the way. This book will have you smiling till the very end!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446672214
Author:
Letts, Billie
Publisher:
Warner Books (NY)
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Oklahoma
Subject:
Pregnant schoolgirls
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Teenage pregnancy
Subject:
Oklahoma Fiction.
Subject:
Pregnant teenagers -- Oklahoma -- Fiction.
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In - General
Subject:
Media Tie-In - General
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Film and Television-Novelization
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Unwed mothers; Homeless; Small town life; Friendship
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oprah's Book Club (Paperback)
Series Volume:
00-033
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 1 in 0.71 lb

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Product details 384 pages Warner Books - English 9780446672214 Reviews:
"Review" by , "What I love about this book is the message that home and family are not always what you are born into, but in the people and the places where you find love."
"Review" by , For 17-year-old Novalee Nation, seven months pregnant, the phrase "home is where your history begins" has a special meaning. Leaving behind a trail of foster homes in Tennessee trailer parks to live in a real house with her boyfriend, Willy Jack Pickens, Novalee instead finds herself abandoned in front of a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Okla. With nowhere to turn, she cleverly conceals herself within the store, keeping careful accounts until giving birth to the "Wal-Mart baby" turns her into a local celebrity. Happily, the community reaches out to Novalee and baby Americus. Sequoyah's one-woman welcoming committee, Sister Husband, takes them in; cultured librarian Forney Hull takes a shine to them; photographer Moses Whitecotton encourages Novalee's raw talent for photography by teaching her all he knows; Lexie Coop, who has a huge appetite for food, diet fads and the wrong men, befriends her; and legendary Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton gives her a job. Meanwhile, Willy Jack, an aspiring musician, gets a shot at the big time before hitting bottom and realizing what he's left behind. Letts's wacky characters are depicted with humor and hope, as well as an earnestness that rises above the story's uneven conceits, resulting in a heartfelt and gratifying read. Film rights sold to 20th Century Fox. (July)
"Synopsis" by , Talk about unlucky sevens. An hour ago, seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend. Now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with just $7.77 in change. But Novalee is about to discover hidden treasures in this small Southwest town--a group of down-to-earth, deeply caring people willing to help a homeless, jobless girl living secretly in a Wal-Mart. From Bible-thumping blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband to eccentric librarian Forney Hull who loves Novalee more than she loves herself, they are about to take her--and you, too--on a moving, funny, and unforgettable journey to . . . Where the Heart Is.
"Synopsis" by , Abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma, Novalee Nation, 17 years old and seven months pregnant, soon discovers the treasures hiding in this small Southwest town. "A heartfelt, gratifying read".--"Publishers Weekly".
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