How Are Books Added to Oprah's Book Club List?


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Oprah’s Book Club features books that are chosen by Oprah Winfrey. Submissions to the book club from authors are not accepted. Winfrey receives no profit from the sale of any books that she selects.

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Winfrey began her book club in 1996 with the selection of “The Deep End,” by Jacquelyn Mitchard. She took a hiatus from the Book Club in 2002 but took it up again a year later, mostly selecting only classic novels.

In 2005, Winfrey decided to consider contemporary works as well classic ones. After this, her first contemporary author selected was James Frey, writer of “A Million Little Pieces.” A new book was chosen monthly until the end of the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011. By this time, 70 books at been recommended in the Club’s 15 years.

In 2012, Winfrey announced Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, a joint venture with The Oprah Winfrey Network and O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine. This newer book club version integrated several social media platforms and e-readers. The first book selected for this project was “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. A complete list of selected books from both Oprah’s Book Club and Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 can be found on the website, Oprah.com.

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