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List Rules Only books that were a part of Oprah's Book Club from 1996-2010

A list of the best books selected by Oprah's Book Club throughout its entire history. The best books are included. The Book Club ran for 15 years, ending with Oprah's show on May 25, 2011. In 2012, Oprah launched Oprah's Book Club 2.0, a new book club that integrated digital media with the selections. Being selected for the Oprah Book Club was a virtual guarantee that a book would become a bestseller. It was not uncommon for sales to increase by millions of copies once a book was mentioned on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Suffice to say, many bestsellers hold their status thanks to Oprah Winfrey. Oprah Winfrey has commented that she intends to develop a new book show for her network, OWN.

Let's face it: Oprah is a kingmaker. This further proved how she has the proverbial Midas Touch with products. The authors on this list, wily veterans, up-and-comers and the dead have all been the beneficiaries of the Book Club. Toni Morrison and John Steinbeck classics have been included as have newer novels by Jonathan Franzen. No matter what you think of Oprah and her constituents, one thing is undeniable: when Oprah says to read your book, people will run to snare a copy.  

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I Know This Much Is True is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
I Know This Much Is True Wally Lamb - Year: 1998

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Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Night Elie Wiesel - Year: 2007

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She's Come Undone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
She's Come Undone Wally Lamb - Year: 1997

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White Oleander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
White Oleander Janet Fitch - Year: 1999

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The Bluest Eye is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison - Year: 2000

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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy - Year: 2004

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The Reader is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
The Reader Bernhard Schlink - Year: 1999

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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens - Year: 2010

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East of Eden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
East of Eden John Steinbeck - Year: 2003

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Great Expectations Charles Dickens - Year: 2010

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The Deep End of the Ocean is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
The Deep End of the Ocean Jacquelyn Mitchard - Year: 1996

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The Pillars of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett - Year: 2007

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Song of Solomon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Song of Solomon Toni Morrison - Year: 1996

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The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver - Year: 2000

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Middlesex is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides - Year: 2007

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
The Road Cormac McCarthy - Year: 2007

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We Were the Mulvaneys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
We Were the Mulvaneys Joyce Carol Oates - Year: 2001

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Tara Road is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Tara Road Maeve Binchy - Year: 1999

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House of Sand and Fog is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
House of Sand and Fog Andre Dubus - Year: 2000

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Where the Heart Is is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Where the Heart Is Billie Letts - Year: 1998

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The Good Earth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck - Year: 2004

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Midwives is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Midwives Chris Bohjalian - Year: 1998

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One Hundred Years of Solitude is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez - Year: 2004

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The Pilot's Wife is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
The Pilot's Wife Anita Shreve - Year: 1999

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A Lesson Before Dying is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
A Lesson Before Dying Ernest J. Gaines - Year: 1997

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Freedom is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Freedom Jonathan Franzen - Year: 2010

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Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail Malika Oufkir, Michele Fitoussi - Year: 2001

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What Looks Like Crazy on an Or... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day Pearl Cleage - Year: 1998

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Drowning Ruth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Drowning Ruth Christina Schwarz - Year: 2000

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Gap Creek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Gap Creek Robert Morgan - Year: 2000

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Love in the Time of Cholera is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel García Márquez - Year: 2007

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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
christopher-edwards added Lord of the Flies William Golding

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Black and Blue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Black and Blue Anna Quindlen - Year: 1998

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A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
A Million Little Pieces James Frey - Year: 2005

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A Map of the World is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
A Map of the World Jane Hamilton - Year: 1999

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Ruby is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Ruby Cynthia Bond - Year: 2015

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The Sound and the Fury is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner - Year: 2005

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Stones from the River is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Stones from the River Ursula Hegi - Year: 1997

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The Book of Ruth is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
The Book of Ruth Jane Hamilton - Year: 1996

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Jewel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Jewel Bret Lott - Year: 1999

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Cry, the Beloved Country is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Cry, the Beloved Country Alan Paton - Year: 2003

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The Invention of Wings is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd - Year: 2014

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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers - Year: 2004

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The Rapture of Canaan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
The Rapture of Canaan Sheri Reynolds - Year: 1997

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Daughter of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Daughter of Fortune Isabel Allende - Year: 2000

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The Heart of a Woman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
The Heart of a Woman Maya Angelou - Year: 1997

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Sula is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Sula Toni Morrison - Year: 2002

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Fall on Your Knees is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Fall on Your Knees Ann-Marie MacDonald - Year: 2002

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While I Was Gone: A Novel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
While I Was Gone: A Novel Sue Miller - Year: 2000

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The Robe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
christopher-edwards added The Robe