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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I'm torn when it comes to rating this book because I mostly agreed with the author and that makes me like her because I'm a compulsive narcissist. So I should give her at least a four. However I didn ... Read full review

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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

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explains the ignominious genesis of these adjectival categories
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possession of vast quantities of economic capital while at the
8
Raise Your Hand if You Havent Done
67
Song of Solomon and Tawni ODells Back Roads On
75
The Flattening
109
people who buy the Book Club title are buying something
122
pleasure in consuming the suffering of others coercively feeding
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find it so Again this televisual vapidity and
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in the means to make herself over in said characters
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The End of Oprahs
163
approach any text and that the more voices brought
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
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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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