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


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

  • ISBN-13: 9780791462577
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Cecilia Konchar Farr is Professor of English and Women’s Studies and Chair of the English Department at the College of St. Catherine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Elizabeth Long


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

Song of Solomon

3. Readers Talking

Group Reading
The Talking Life

Black and Blue
Open House

Oprah's American Story
The Elegant Balance

The Bluest Eye

4. Talking Readers

The Corrections
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



Works Cited


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