Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads / Edition 1

Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads / Edition 1

by Cecilia Konchar Farr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791462587

ISBN-13: 9780791462584

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: State University of New York Press

An analysis of how Oprah's Book Club has changed America's reading habits.

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

Overview

An analysis of how Oprah's Book Club has changed America's reading habits.

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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791462584
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Elizabeth Long

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Oprah's Reading Revolution

1. Reading Oprah

The Book Club Begins
To Enlighten and Entertain
The Oprah Effect
The Oprah Writers
Oprah's Choices
What Women Want

2. Oprah Reading

The Talking Book
The Way West
The Middlebrow Novel
The Middlebrow Book Club
Reading Lessons

Deep End of the Ocean
Song of Solomon

Talk Reading

Paradise
Song of Solomon

3. Readers Talking

Group Reading
The Talking Life
Oprahfication

Black and Blue
Open House

Oprah's American Story
The Elegant Balance

The Bluest Eye

4. Talking Readers

The Corrections
McLiterature
Claiming Cultural Capital
Learning to Read
The List
Reading for Class
Shifting Standards
Anticipatory Marketing

Conclusion: The Triumph of Cultural Democracy

Cultural Democracy

White Oleander

Appendices

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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