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Subject: How to Get Lost
Date Posted: 4/12/2008 1:15 PM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
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This book was a easy read. The characters were fun and the story line was interesting. It really is a sad story but told with a humerous undertone.

How to Be Lost
Author: Amanda Eyre Ward

Book Description:
Joseph and Isabelle Winters seem to have it all: a grand home in Holt, New York, a trio of radiant daughters, and a sense that they are safe in their affluent corner of America. But when five-year-old Ellie disappears, the fault lines within the family are exposed: Joseph, once a successful businessman, succumbs to his demons; Isabelle retreats into memories of her debutante days in Savannah; and Ellie�s bereft sisters grow apart�Madeline reluctantly stays home, while Caroline runs away.

Fifteen years later, Caroline, now a New Orleans cocktail waitress, sees a photograph of a woman in a magazine. Convinced that it is Ellie all grown up, Caroline embarks on a search for her missing sister. Armed with copies of the photo, an amateur detective guide, and a cooler of Dixie beer, Caroline travels through the New Mexico desert, the mountains of Colorado, and the smoky underworld of Montana, determined to salvage her broken family.

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 6:36 PM ET
Member Since: 5/21/2007
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I enjoyed this book, but thought Ward's 'Sleep Toward Heaven' much more impressive - a bit more raw and much more revealing. She's on my list of authors to watch, though.

Date Posted: 4/13/2008 1:16 AM ET
Member Since: 7/29/2006
Posts: 1,366
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A very compelling story.  I couldn't put it down!

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 4/13/2008 8:06 PM ET
Member Since: 9/5/2005
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I have it on Mt. TBR - thanks for the rec!

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 5:26 AM ET
Member Since: 4/11/2006
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I assume you're talking about 'How to Be Lost' (I get lost a lot! LOL)?  If so, liked it but didn't love it.  I'll have to try 'Sleep Toward Heaven'.

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 9:00 PM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2007
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I liked this book a lot.  I read it in one setting.  The story had good story twists, but I'm a bit surprised now that I didn't see them coming.

I would definitely read a sequel if it came out.

Date Posted: 4/21/2008 4:30 PM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
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I really enjoyed Sleep Toward Heaven.  Her other books are lost in TBR-land.

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 3:29 PM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
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Thanks for all the feedback! And, yes, I do "get" lost a lot! LOL! I will have to check out 'Sleep Toward Heaven'

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 10:17 PM ET
Member Since: 2/23/2006
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I read it a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.  Sleep Toward Heaven has been on my WL forever.  (Ok, maybe not FOREVER, but it seems like it!)