It seems like the wackier Harris proposes life to be for Sookie, the more Sookie steps right up, like a proper southern lady her Gran would be proud of, and deals with it. Some mysteries are explained in this book - the source of Sookie's telepathy, and the reason for the powerful attraction vamps feel for her. Sookie's life, like every person in Louisiana, has been changed by Hurricane Katrina, and Harris does a great job of including that event without making the story all about that tragedy.
For Sookie, in fact, Katrina is the lesser trauma compared with the immediate impact of the post-Rhodes vampire reshuffling of power. While unwillingly connected to Eric, Sookie is a true proponent of the "better the devil you know" world view. When new vamps come to town, they bring large changes, and they also bring the answer to Sookie's questions about Quinn - where he's been, why he hasn't called, what is happening with him. It seems a new world order is descending on Louisiana, and Sookie is in the midst of it again! I can't wait to start book 9!