The Oprah Touch

With much fanfare and adoration, Oprah Winfrey prepares to move on.   After 25 years, Oprah is saying good-bye to the family of fans on her daily talk show.  Along with her other contributions, we would like to say thanks for the Oprah Book Club, which highlighted reading to the world.  Oprah made it cool to read, made us want to read, made it IMPORTANT to read. With Oprah’s Book Club sticker emblazoned on covers, Oprah’s selections helped sell an estimated 30 million books,  many becoming instant bestsellers.

Oprah launched Oprah’s Book Club from The Oprah Winfrey Show on September 17, 1996. To date, Oprah has chosen 65 selections for her book club.  In tribute to her and the book club she formed, we are listing all 65 books, and links to all that San Diego County Library owns. 

In honoring Oprah for her 25 years of inspiration, 25 school libraries across the United States have been chosen for remodel of their library collections (sponsored by Target and Heart of America Foundation).  Also, in Oprah’s name 25,000 trees will be planted as TV news anchor Diane Sawyer explained, ” No library is complete without an inspiring place to read, so an Oprah tree will be planted outside each of the libraries.  “The Oprah tree,” Diane says. “Standing and inviting every one of those children to bring their books and their hopes and their fears and to know that you are there to embrace them.”

Thank you Oprah, for believing that books and libraries are an essential part of all of our lives and for spreading that message to the world.

Here are Oprah Book Club books that you can get through SDCL!

2010
A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

2010
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

2009
Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan

2008
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

2007
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier

2006
Night by Elie Wiesel

2005
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
Light in August by William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

2004
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

2003
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
East of Eden by John Steinbeck

2002
Sula by Toni Morrison
Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald

2001
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Cane River by Lalita Tademy
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir
Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

2000
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz
Open House by Elizabeth Berg
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Gap Creek by Robert Morgan

1999
A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay
River, Cross My Heart by Breena Clarke
Tara Road by Maeve Binchy
Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Jewel by Bret Lott

1998
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage
I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman
Paradise by Toni Morrison

1997
The Best Way to Play by Bill Cosby
The Treasure Hunt by Bill Cosby
The Meanest Thing to Say by Bill Cosby
A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris
The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
The Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

1996
The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Thank you Oprah!

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