Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads

Cecilia Konchar Farr


Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads

Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads

  • Title: Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads
  • Author: Cecilia Konchar Farr
  • ISBN: 9780791462584
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback

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Oprah s Book Club sparked a revolution among readers by bringing serious contemporary novels to the attention of a wider audience The Oprah s Book Club seal on a book led to instant fame and bestseller status for authors but, how did Oprah change the way America reads and values books Reading Oprah suggests that Oprah initiated an all important mantra trust readers NoOprah s Book Club sparked a revolution among readers by bringing serious contemporary novels to the attention of a wider audience The Oprah s Book Club seal on a book led to instant fame and bestseller status for authors but, how did Oprah change the way America reads and values books Reading Oprah suggests that Oprah initiated an all important mantra trust readers Not only did the public start reading accessible novels, but they also would snatch up formidable titles and read them with a growing confidence and skill Then, they would talk about them, giving them a life beyond the reader and text.


Recent Comments "Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads"

This is an interesting little book. Even though it's written by a full professor (at St. Catherine's College in St. Paul, Minnesota), it seems almost like a dissertation. A really good dissertation, but a dissertation. I think the short length is part of the reason, but part of it is also Farr's willingness to take up a topic that, as she admits, more "serious" scholars have avoided.And, she thinks (and so do I), avoided to their detriment. Oprah's Book Club has been an amazing force, and one wo [...]

Farr, an English college professor, provides insights into the debate between literary and popular value and questions the old school that insists anything not on "the list" or written within the last 100 years isn't true literature. She defends Oprah as a teacher who challenges her viewers and shows them the joys of reading, not only classic, but novels one can relate to, appreciate, and learn from. Book clubs have grown in huge numbers. I just joined one myself and can appreciate the social en [...]

An interesting study of Oprah's Book Club, book clubs in general, and the study of novels. Also an interesting reflection on the Oprah Book Club backlash (i.e. books lose credibility with some literature elites after Oprah has included them in her book club).

See my blog post on it: itinerantlibrarian

Great read.

Oprah is the Queen of bookclubs, and I want to understand how she does it!


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