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Billie Letts was born Billie Dean Gipson in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 30, 1938. She received a bachelor's degree in English and education from Southeast Missouri State University and a master's in behavioral studies from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She taught English in grade school before moving to the college level. Her last position was at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Her first novel, Where the Heart Is, was published in 1995. It received the 1996 Oklahoma Books Award, the Walker Percy Award, and was an Oprah Book Club selection. It was adapted into a movie starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd in 2000. Her other works included Shoot the Moon and The Honk and Holler Opening Soon. She died from pneumonia on August 2, 2014 at the age of 76. (Bowker Author Biography)
The bestselling author of Where the Heart Is returns with a heartrending tale of two children in search of a place to call home. With her mother long dead and her father long gone to find his fortune in Vegas, fifteen-year-old Lutie lives with her twelve-year-old brother, Fate, and Floy Satterfield, her father's 300-pound ex-girlfriend. While shopping in their local Wal-Mart, Floy keels over. Faced with the choice of becoming wards of the state of hightailing it out of town in Floy's old Pontiac, the kids head off in search of a father who has no know address, no phone number and, clearly, no interest in the kids he left behind. (booksense)… (més)
BILLIE LETTS, bestselling author of Shoot the Moon and Where the Heart Is (an Oprah pick), signs her newest novel, Made in the U.S.A., the alternately heartbreaking and life-affirming story of two gutsy children who must discover how cruel, unfair and frightening the world is before they come to a place they can finally call home. (bookjones)… (més)
Billie Letts, whose bestselling novel Where the Heart Is was selected as an Oprah Book Club pick, will be at the store on Monday, June 30th at 7:00 P.M. to read from and autograph her new book, Made in the U.S.A.
Set in North Dakota and following the road to Las Vegas, the novel tells the tale of 15-year-old Lutie and her 12-year-old brother, Fate, two children in search of a place to call home.
We’ll have plenty of copies of her books on hand, but if you’re unable to attend the event but want to reserve an autographed book for pick-up later, just give us a call. Please be sure to tell us how you’d like the inscription to read. (wilpotts)… (més)