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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ateammommy, October 5, 2008 (view all comments by ateammommy)
This is my all time favorite book! I read it the first time ten years ago when it was part of Oprah's book club. I fell in love with it instantly. It is a wonderful story that I have read many times. I liked the movie when it came out but its in no way comparable to how good the book is.
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Where the Heart is (Oprah's Book Club)
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by Oprah Winfrey,
"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."
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)
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.
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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