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

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The creation of Oprah's Book Club has had an important effect on the world of modern literature but has also altered the reading habits of the American public, an event examined in an in-depth analysis of Oprah's role as a teacher. Simultaneous.
Paperback, 164 pages
Published January 17th 2005 by State University of New York Press (first published November 1st 2004)
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Lynn Roehm
Farr, an English college professor, provides insights into the debate between literary and popular value and questions the old school that insists anything not on "the list" or written within the last 100 years isn't true literature. She defends Oprah as a teacher who challenges her viewers and shows them the joys of reading, not only classic, but novels one can relate to, appreciate, and learn from. Book clubs have grown in huge numbers. I just joined one myself and can appreciate the social en...more
This is an interesting little book. Even though it's written by a full professor (at St. Catherine's College in St. Paul, Minnesota), it seems almost like a dissertation. A really good dissertation, but a dissertation. I think the short length is part of the reason, but part of it is also Farr's willingness to take up a topic that, as she admits, more "serious" scholars have avoided.

And, she thinks (and so do I), avoided to their detriment. Oprah's Book Club has been an amazing force, and one wo...more
Nov 26, 2009 Tiffany rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tiffany by: Otis Chandler
An interesting study of Oprah's Book Club, book clubs in general, and the study of novels. Also an interesting reflection on the Oprah Book Club backlash (i.e. books lose credibility with some literature elites after Oprah has included them in her book club).
Otis Chandler
Jun 05, 2009 Otis Chandler marked it as to-read
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Oprah is the Queen of bookclubs, and I want to understand how she does it!
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