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Reading with Oprah : the book club that changed America

Author: Kathleen Rooney
Publisher: Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Adored by its fans, deplored by its critics, the Oprah Book Club has been at the center of arguments about cultural authority and literary taste since its inception in 1996. Virtually everyone seems to have an opinion about this monumental institution with its revolutionary and controversial fusion of the literary, the televisual, and the commercial. This is the first in-depth look at the phenomenon that is the OBC.
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Rooney, Kathleen, 1980-
Reading with Oprah.
Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 2005
(OCoLC)607527488
Online version:
Rooney, Kathleen, 1980-
Reading with Oprah.
Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 2005
(OCoLC)626811545
Named Person: Oprah Winfrey; Oprah Winfrey; Oprah Winfrey
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen Rooney
ISBN: 1557287821 9781557287823
OCLC Number: 57498613
Description: xiv, 234 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface, end of story? --
The stories of Oprah : Oprah's book club and American literary culture --
Jonathan Franzen versus Oprah Winfrey : disses, disinvitations, and disingenuousness --
Raise your hand if you haven't done all the reading : the novels of OBC --
Formatted to fit your screen : the flattening effects of television on the books of OBC --
Is this it? : the end of Oprah's book club as we know it --
Everything old is new again : Oprah's book club returns with the classics.
Responsibility: by Kathleen Rooney.
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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  Read more...

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Rooney takes a steady, smart look at a situation that is both fascinating in its own right and deeply revealing about how it is in our cultural life these days. Sven Birkerts, author of The Gutenberg Read more...

 
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