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Subject: PBS BOOK NUTS: FEBRUARY *SHOOT THE MOON* by BILLIE LETTS-DISCUSSION
Date Posted: 2/8/2009 3:21 PM ET
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Hi All!

I hope you enjoyed or are enjoying February's book Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts.

We'll be meeting here on Sunday, February 8th at 6pm EST to discuss chapters 1-11

I'll bring refreshments!

Subject: NO SPOILERS after chapter 11 please!
Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:03 PM ET
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It's time!

The reading guides are more geared toward the whole book. Since we have divided the book I guess I'll need to make up a leading question that I hope will lead into a wider discussion.

This is a from the reading guide. This is more about the first chapters than anywhere else in the book.

In her novels Billie Letts beautifully captures the personalities in Oklahoma's small towns. Do you think DeClare, Oklahoma could be "Any Town, USA" or is it uniquely a small town in the state of Oklahoma?

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:03 PM ET
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Hi!  I'll be around for a little while if anyone is interested in discussing...

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:09 PM ET
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I like how she brings out the unique qualities of Oklahoma with the names of the characters and references to the Cherokee Nation, but still, I think anyone from a small town can relate to the dynamics of DeClare.

One thing that I find, having come from a small town, there seem to be more interesting and quirky characters in literary small towns. I have found that reading about small towns rarely disappoints.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:09 PM ET
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I'm here

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:12 PM ET
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I'm here for a bit, and then I'll be back. Supper is almost done.

I stopped myself at the 11th chapter..  And I agree with Thomas. Small towns=Big characters. There are some very intrigueing people in DeClare. ;)

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:12 PM ET
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Who are your favorite characters, so far?

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:13 PM ET
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I agree with you Tommy in that the characters are uniquely Okies. And that small towns are very similar across the US. I grew up in a small town and worked in the local hot spot for 21 years. We definitely had some characters so I disagree about literary characters being more colorful.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:16 PM ET
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I agree with what's been said about small literary towns and big personalities.  I love reading about small towns.  Everyone knows everyone else and everything that goes on.  I stopped reading after chapter 11, but I have to tell you so far, I am not liking O Boy's character at all.  We'll see if that changes as the story progresses.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:17 PM ET
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Maybe I just never met the right ones.

One aspect of the small town that I think she got right is the fact that once one person knows something, the whole town knows. Mark was able to keep his secret until O Boy arrested him. Then the whole town knew his true identity.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:18 PM ET
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Tina--I am thinking we are probably not supposed to like O Boy.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:20 PM ET
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Tommy, I agree, just leaving a little leeway in case something drastic comes forward!  However, I don't think I could ever like him.  I get the distinct impression his wife is afraid of him, and Teeve gave the impression he's a gossip.

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I, too, love reading about small towns. I live in a small town now, and it's nothing like De Clare (maybe that's a good thing? haha I'm not sure yet!) Though, I grew up in a large city and the town I live in now is not very close-knit. The dynamics are just really different.

As far as characters go, I'm not really liking Mark. I'm hoping he grows on me, though.

I've only read to chapter 11, but read the discussion questions in the back of the book so a lot of the plot was pretty much spoiled for me. Oh well... :)



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Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:20 PM ET
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The introduction had me really confused. Trying to keep up with all the characters and who was related to who. I didn't even really pay much attention to it and went back after I'd started reading to pick up on relationships.

I'm not sure I had a favorite character. I got the biggest kick out of the domino players. They reminded me of a group that I used to wait on. They were always there every morning at 5am. They all had their own seats at the counter and God forbid if anyone else took their seat. It wasn't normal for anyone to get there before them but it did happen on rare occasions.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:21 PM ET
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I have to admit, I didn't get as far with my reading today and have not started the book but I'm reading it right now so I'll be back shortly.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:25 PM ET
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I didn't like Mark at first either Janelle.  I think he must have been shell shocked. After almost 30 years he found out he was adopted, then he finds out that his mother was murdered. That his biological father was unknown. That he wasn't a white boy. I'm not sure that I can relate to the way he reacted to any of those situations.

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I'm just now starting to like Mark, since he's going to stay and find out more about what happened.  I have to admit, Ivy gets on my nerves.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:26 PM ET
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Kathi--you are right-- the first part was a little tricky. I liked, though, how she started with the murder/kidnapping and then summarized the events of the years to the present.

The domino players are definitely funny. I have seen people like this. We were on vacation in Astoria, OR this past summer. We went to a local restaurant and you could definitely pick out the people who were there every single day.

O Boy, I think, is an abuser--or have I misinterpreted something.

Have not made my decision about Mark yet, but I really like Teeve and Ivy.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:27 PM ET
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Tina--what is it about Ivy that irks you? The messy car?

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Tommy- I agree with the O Boy being an abuser.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:29 PM ET
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OOps. I guess Ivy and I have that in common.

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Tommy- not the car, especially after finding out why it's such a mess.  I just feel she's too much of a know-it-all.  Just my perspctive, though.  Maybe she'll grow on me.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:30 PM ET
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I read the complete book and had to refresh myself with it because it really didn't stick with me.  I thought Mark was kind of wimpy.  I also didn't have a favorite character, nor one I could relate to. 

We're starting dinner now, so I have to leave. Will bbl.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:32 PM ET
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Whenever Oboy was around I was very uncomfortable.  He's the epitome of an abuser and the power of being a deputy and then sheriff really went to his head. And he was a bigot.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 6:34 PM ET
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This is probably a stupid question, but I'll ask anyway: is O Boy's nickname due to the fact that he's good in bed (orgasm boy)?  Maybe I just have a dirty mind... If it's not sex-related, I can't understand why he didn't want that woman he was having an affair with to let it slip.   If it's just a nickname based on his name (I can see it working both ways), why the imperative to keep it a secret?  It just seemed like a weird little detail...

I know, it's a weird thing to nitpick about. Or perhaps I completely missed something



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