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Subject: Any Billie Letts' fans?
Date Posted: 6/6/2008 1:56 AM ET
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I finished my third Billie Letts' book this week.  She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  I really liked Where the Heart Is.  then I read Shoot the Moon which was excellent.  And, now I've finished Honk and Holler Opening Soon which was also excellent.

I like how she puts together a group of eccentric characters and then builds a story around them.  It all seems to work so well.

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 2:15 PM ET
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My book club read Where the Heart Is last year and everyone enjoyed it (that doesn't happen very often with this group!). I usually like books with a little more depth but this was a good book. My mom has loaned her copy out to many friends and they have all enjoyed it as well.

My book club chose the Honk and Holler Opening Soon for this year. If we find an author we like we keep reading them. Another favorite for us is Sandra Dallas.

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 9:40 PM ET
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I've read The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas and really enjoyed it.

What I like about Letts is her characters are different.  They aren't one dimensional and she tries to put different people together and then see how it affects the plot. 

She's got another book coming out soon and I've already got it wish listed.

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 8:02 AM ET
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I also enjoy books by Billie Letts.  She really does have rich, fully developed characters.  I am also eagerly awaiting her next book!  :)  I find that her characters stick around with me long after I read the book.  And I also am left wanting more because I have grown attached to them.  I really like all her books but I would say that Shoot the Moon is my favorite . . . so far.

I will have to check out The Persian Pickle Club.

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 11:35 AM ET
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I just posted one of her books that I got from my mother! The Honk and Holler??  I didn't know much about her... funny to see this post!

 

Wondering if I should read it fast before it is snagged!



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Date Posted: 6/10/2008 11:49 AM ET
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Ive read Where the Heart Is and really enjoyed it.  I read it for my MOMS Club book club.  I have her others on Mt. TBR.

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 9:12 PM ET
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Carrie, I like that her characters aren't one dimensional.  I also like that she puts scrappy group of them together in places you wouldn't expect.  A Vietnamese immigrant in the middle of Oklahoma?  Somehow it all makes perfect sense to the story.

She is also quite witty.  She puts little touches of humor in her stories that balance out the drama.

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 12:58 PM ET
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I've only read Shoot the Moon (it's on my shelf if anyone is interested).  I was kind of undecided about it.  I mean, it kept my interest but I guess I wouldn't say it was a favorite.  I never read "Where the Heart Is".  I only saw the movie (before I knew it was a book first) and loved the movie.  Unfortunately, I have this thing where if I see the movie first, I can't read the book (but if I read the book, then I have to see the movie).  I have heard that the book was really good.

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 4:13 PM ET
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I finished "SHOOT THE MOON"  this afternoon and enjoyed it. I have read all her other books except for the "HONK AND HOLLER"  That is still  on my TBR list.  I thought that the book "WHERE THE HEART IS" was a better book than a movie although I did enjoy  the movie  too.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 10:07 AM ET
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Count me in as recommending WTHI and Honk and Holler.  Like Melody said, such quirky characters!  Shoot the Moon is on my monstrous TBR pile, so I'll move it closer to the top.

If ya'll like her books, I highly recommend, Getting Mother's Body by Suzanne Lori-Parks.  Warning; the first chapter is sexually graphic if you're offended by that type of writing.  But it's quick and helps you understand the character better. 

The story revolves around a young girl living with her grandparents in Texas during the late '50s or 'early '60s. They are African-American and location and setting are reminiscent of racism. Each chapter is told from one of the character's perspectives.  The plot didn't remind me of Billie Letts books, but the absolute quirky characters did. It also has a very good ending.

Sorry if I hijacked the thread.  But I always recommend GMB if someone likes Billie Letts writing.

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 3:55 PM ET
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I read Where The Heart Is back in the mid-90's and loved it. Thought the movie was pretty good and I don't watch many movies.

 

Read Honk & Holler a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it too. I need to get Shoot The Moon to read

 

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 11:05 PM ET
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Jan thanks for the recommendation.  It's rare for me to find an author who I like multiple books of.  I'll be interested to see this new one you mention.

Letts just has a way with characters.  They are quirky, funny, flawed, and very real--at least to me.  You could run into these people any time or day.  She doesn't put alot of extra polish on them or make any of them perfect.  I like that.

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 7:03 PM ET
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I just finished The Honk and Holler Opening Soon - I really enjoyed it! Excellent character development and a heartwarming story. I know my book club will be choosing Shoot the Moon when we pick the next six months of books :-)

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 3:29 PM ET
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where reading it for new book club for february on here . shoot  the moon . i went out of house because i was home all day due to snow so i walk down to coffee shop and sat there and had coffee and read 100 page and love it . i like she concreate on character but doesnt have fifty million .

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 7:56 PM ET
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I laid around all day on Saturday and half the day Sunday and read Shoot the Moon and I think she's going to be one of my new favorites. I really enjoyed it.

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 2:44 PM ET
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I read Where the Heart is years ago and loved it.  I've read Honk & Hollar a couple times.  I just got Shoot the Moon and will read that next.  She's definitely becoming a favorite author of mine.

Her characters are so diverse and interesting, but still believable.  And the stories are heart-warming without being sappy.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 9:58 AM ET
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I've read both "The Honk and Holler Opening Soon"  and "Where The Heart Is"  and enjoyed them both, with WTHI being my favorite.  I haven't read "Shoot The Moon" yet.  As soon as I get some credits, I'll have to look into getting it.

Date Posted: 5/22/2009 9:22 AM ET
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I read Made in the USA by Billie Letts in March.  In my notes I wrote one word, "painful" but I do enjoy her writing style.

Date Posted: 5/23/2009 9:54 PM ET
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I've read Shoot the Moon, Where the Heart is and Honk and Holler.  I've enjoyed all 3 but I think Honk and Holler is by far her best.  Her characters are really people you want to know and are very rich.  Plus I love her down to earthness, I don't know quite how else to describe her.

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 4:17 PM ET
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I'll let you know soon if I am a Billy Letts fan.  Shoot the Moon is on it's way.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 12:30 PM ET
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I hated Shoot the Moon, but The Honk and Holler was amazing. Her new one, Made in the USA, was pretty good. I will read anything she writes though.
Date Posted: 6/8/2009 8:24 AM ET
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Since my last post on this thread, I have read Shoot the Moon and Made in the USA.  Neither one lived up to the level of her first two books for me.  Shoot the Moon was just okay - it seemed like all the things I like about Letts were there on the surface but I just didn't feel the heart and connection.  Made in the USA was grim and the lead girl character was so selfish and I just never really liked it.  I liked the lead boy character but that was overshadowed by everything else.  I was disappointed because I thought I would love these books since I loved the first two so much but I really didn't.