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Reading With Oprah: The Book Club That…
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Reading With Oprah: The Book Club That Changed America

by Kathleen Rooney

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Kathleen Rooney gives a balanced assessment of the original Oprah's Book Club. While television serves to flatten the complexity of modern literature, the club itself got people reading. And talking. And all that talk can't be a bad thing.

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"Kathleen Rooney combines extensive research with a lively personal voice and engaging narrative style to untangle the myths and presuppositions surrounding the club, to reveal 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. Comprehensive and up-to-date, the book features a wide survey of recent commentary and describes why the club ended in 2002, as well as why it resumed fourteen months later with a new focus on "great books." Rooney also provides the most extensive analysis yet of the Oprah Winfrey-Jonathan Franzen contretemps." "Through her close examination of many of the club's selected novels, as well as personal interviews and correspondence with OBC authors, Rooney demonstrates that in its tumultuous history Oprah's Book Club has occupied a place of prominence unique in the culture that neither its supporters nor detractors have previously given it credit for."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)

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