Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found : In her first book for adults, the artist Sophie Blackall creates a deeply felt, poignant book about love - a book that captures the mystery, the yearning, at times the cosmic humor behind the "what if?" of a missed connection. Like a message in a bottle, a "missed connection" classified (usually posted on a website) is an attempt however far-fetched, by one stranger to reach another on the strength of a remembered glance, smile, or blue hat. The anonymous messages are hopeful and hopeless, funny and sad. Ms. Blackall, award-winning illustrator of Ruby's Wish and Big Red Lollipop, has turned some of the most evocative (or hilarious) of them into exquisite paintings.