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11 books of Billie Letts

Caney Paxton wanted his cafe to have the biggest and brightest sign in Eastern Oklahoma-­the "opening soon" part was supposed to be just a removable, painted notice. But a fateful misunderstanding gave Vietnam vet Caney the flashiest joke in the entire state. Twelve years later, the once-­busy highway is dead and the sign is as worn as Caney, who hasn't ventured outside the diner since it opened. Then one blustery December day, a thirtyish Crow woman blows in with a three-­legged dog in her arms and a long-­buried secret on her mind. Hiring on as a carhop, Vena Takes Horse is soon shaking up business, the locals, and Caney's heart...­as she teaches them all about generosity of spirit, love, and the possibility of promise-­just like the sign says.

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The bestselling author of WHERE THE HEART IS returns with a heartrending tale of two children in search of a place to call home. Lutie McFee's history has taught her to avoid attachments...­to people, to places, and to almost everything. With her mother long dead and her father long gone to find his fortune in Las Vegas, 15-­year-­old Lutie lives in the god-­forsaken town of Spearfish, South Dakota with her twelve-­year-­old brother, Fate, and Floy Satterfield, the 300-­pound ex-­girlfriend of her father. While Lutie shoplifts for kicks, Fate spends most of his time reading, watching weird TV shows and worrying about global warming and the endangerment of pandas. As if their life is not dismal enough, one day, while shopping in their local Wal-­Mart, Floy keels over and the two motherless kids are suddenly faced with the choice of becoming wards of the state or hightailing it out of town in Floy's old Pontiac. Choosing the latter, they head off to Las Vegas in search of a father who has . . .

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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.

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- Billie Letts' first novel, "Where the Heart Is (Warner, 1996), was a #1 "New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah Winfrey's Book Club, and was made into a motion picture starring Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman. It has sold more than 3.­2 million hardcover and mass market copies combined.- "The Honk and Holler Opening Soon (Warner, 1998) has more than 397,­000 hardcover and paperback copies in print. Trade paperback sales remain strong, with an 85% sell-­through.- Billie Letts won the Walker Percy Award at the 1994 New Orleans Writers' Conference and the Oklahoma Book Award for "Where the Heart Is. It was also named one of the best books of the year by the American Library Association. Until recently, she worked as a professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

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Lutie McFee’s history has taught her to avoid attachments . . . to people, to places, and to almost everything. With her mother long dead and her father long gone to find his fortune in Las Vegas, 15-­year-­old Lutie lives in the god-­forsaken town of Spearfish, South Dakota with her twelve-­year-­old brother, Fate, and Floy Satterfield, the 300-­pound ex-­girlfriend of her father. While Lutie shoplifts for kicks, Fate spends most of his time reading, watching weird TV shows and worrying about global warming and the endangerment of pandas. As if their life is not dismal enough, one day, while shopping in their local Wal-­Mart, Floy keels over and the two motherless kids are suddenly faced with the choice of becoming wards of the state or hightailing it out of town in Floy’s old Pontiac. Choosing the latter, they head off to Las Vegas in search of a father who has no known address, no phone number and, clearly, no interest in the kids he left behind.
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