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Fiction The Best Oprah Book Club Books  

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

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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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1
44 9
I Know This Much Is True is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Wally Lamb - Year: 1998

2
42 8
Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Elie Wiesel - Year: 2007

3
29 7
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Charles Dickens - Year: 2010

4
35 12
She's Come Undone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Wally Lamb - Year: 1997

5
31 11
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Leo Tolstoy - Year: 2004

6
26 8
The Pillars of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Ken Follett - Year: 2007

7
26 8
The Reader is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Bernhard Schlink - Year: 1999

8
27 9
The Bluest Eye is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Toni Morrison - Year: 2000

9
23 8
East of Eden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
John Steinbeck - Year: 2003

10
26 11
The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Barbara Kingsolver - Year: 2000

11
27 12
White Oleander is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Janet Fitch - Year: 1999

12
21 7
The Deep End of the Ocean is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Jacquelyn Mitchard - Year: 1996

13
21 9
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Charles Dickens - Year: 2010

14
17 6
Tara Road is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Maeve Binchy - Year: 1999

15
17 6
We Were the Mulvaneys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Joyce Carol Oates - Year: 2001

16
22 11
The Road is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Cormac McCarthy - Year: 2007

17
18 8
Middlesex is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Jeffrey Eugenides - Year: 2007

18
19 9
Where the Heart Is is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Billie Letts - Year: 1998

19
20 10
Song of Solomon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Toni Morrison - Year: 1996

20
16 7
The Good Earth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Pearl S. Buck - Year: 2004

21
14 7
The Pilot's Wife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Anita Shreve - Year: 1999

22
11 5
Midwives is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Chris Bohjalian - Year: 1998

23
13 7
A Lesson Before Dying is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Ernest J. Gaines - Year: 1997

24
13 7
Drowning Ruth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Christina Schwarz - Year: 2000

25
16 10
House of Sand and Fog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Andre Dubus - Year: 2000