Reading with Oprah: The Book Club that Changed America

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University of Arkansas Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Social Science - 234 pages
Exploring the myths and presuppositions surrounding the Oprah Book Club, this text reveals its complex and far-reaching cultural influence, confronting head-on how the club became a crucible for the heated clash between 'high' and 'low' literary taste.
 

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Rooney (writing, Emerson Coll.) approaches the cultural significance Oprah's Book Club by first examining the popular arguments for and against this literary phenomenon. Rooney does not take the ... Read full review

Contents

Jonathan Franzen Versus Oprah
33
Raise Your Hand if You Havent Done
67
4
92
The End of Oprahs
163
Oprahs
185
Bibliography
213
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Kathleen Rooney photo by Jeff Wood Kathleen Rooney is a writing instructor at Emerson College. Winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize in 2004 and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry magazine, she is editor of Redivider and has published a number of poems, articles, and reviews in the Nation, the Harvard Review, the Boston Review, Puerto Del Sol, and Cimarron Review. This book grew out of an article she wrote for the Nation about her visit to the show where Winfrey announced the end of the book club.

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