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What Have You Read From Oprah's Book Club?

Buzz In: What Oprah Book Club Picks Have You Read?

Have Oprah and Jonathan Franzen decided to forgive and forget? The two butted heads in 2001 when she chose The Corrections for her beloved book club. Franzen made a few biting remarks, calling her selections "schmaltzy," so she didn't invite him on her program (though she still promoted his novel). Now, nine years later, Franzen has another hit with Freedom, and Oprah is jumping on board the bandwagon by picking Freedom as her September read.

I was already interested in Freedom because of the buzz around it (even though many of you have said that Oprah's approval actually deters you from her books). You have to admit though that she's usually spot-on with her picks; she even had the foresight to call out The Reader back in 1999, long before it was made into an acclaimed film. Out of curiosity, I looked at her full list of book club selections, and I've actually read several. Among my favorites: Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, Gabriel García Márquez's Love in the Time of Cholera, and Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible (I still vividly remember its cover, complete with the Oprah emblem). What have you read from Oprah's book club?

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Miss-Shapes Miss-Shapes 6 years
Not that many to be honest. Some like The Poisonwood Bible, The Corrections, Anna Karenina and most of the classics like One Hundred Years of Solitude I read before they became Oprah selections. Did not enjoy Edgar Sawtelle at all. Very strange book. But I'm excited that she's selected Jonathan Franzen again. Looking forward to it!
candy2007 candy2007 6 years
I've only read A Million Little Pieces.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
I've read many of her book club picks, most recently Edgar Sawtelle (from 2008), I was in Law School then and didn't have the time to read it. Really liked it. She does not deter me, I make a decision based on my personal taste, but usually do look into it at some point after she endorses.--some aren't for me(i.e. Middlesex). Some I was already interested in, some were already favorites (i.e. Night) I recommend getting on her website/email list and checking out her book picks and her editors book picks. I recently added a ton to my list from that, many are current books or titles I may not have otherwise heard of. They are not on her official book club, but on her website, and I like the ones on there better usually.
cherryvanilla13 cherryvanilla13 6 years
Sula, The Bluest Eye & Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison and Where the Heart Is.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 6 years
I just finished reading Freedom yesterday. It doesn't seem like an Oprah type book to me.
dannysf dannysf 6 years
Middlesex - amazing. And White Oleander - pretty good. Bought both Drowning Ruth and A Million Little Pieces, but didn't get through either. Reading Freedom now.
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 6 years
The Rapture of Canaan Midwives Where the Heart Is White Oleander The Poisonwood Bible Drowning Ruth Anna Karenina A Million Little Pieces Night
The Bluest Eye is an awesome read!
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