Monday, December 10, 2007

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

I read this book quite a few years ago. In fact, it was my first Oprah book introduced to me by a friend. I had never read a book that Oprah had recommended and was worried that it would not be for me. Boy was I wrong!!! Many Oprah picks later, here I am -- much more well read and thankful for her many amazing recommendations!

Anyways, about this book -- after reading the description, I thought that it was going to be a cheesy book. Afterall, it is about a young girl who ends up living in Walmart and giving birth within the store. Seriously, Walmart?!? Well, that is only a portion of this story. There is so much more to it than that -- about a community coming together, about complete strangers willing to accept and take in an outsider, about what is truly important in life -- family (not necessarily family of blood-relation, however!). Though I thought it was going to be a silly waste of my time to read this book, it ended up being one of the sweetest books I have ever read. If anyone is looking for a quick read that will warm your heart, this is definitely the one.


  1. I loved this book when a read it a few years ago. There is a movie too, but I really enjoyed the book!

  2. I never read the book, but I rented the movie to watch while I was in bed after having my wisdom teeth out. I was in kind of bad shape and felt miserable when I watched it and to this day I still get a little panicky when I think of that movie. Maybe I should try the book and get the bad taste out of my mouth - no pun intended.

  3. I really liked this book a lot. Thanks Tiff for letting me borrow it. It was a great book that was a quick, easy but very enjoyable read!

  4. I don't think I knew this was a book! I thought the movie was sweet, but I'm going to have to pick up the book too!

  5. Hi Tif,

    I loved this book, too. If you'd like another Southern fiction book to add to your "To Read" list, I recommend Vera Jane Cook's "Dancing Backward in Paradise." It's set in the 60's in the South and NY and has great characters who I still wonder about today, months after finishing the book. I consider it a story you don't want to miss.


  6. Hey, thanks for the recommendation! I will have to check that one out!


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