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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

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
40 6
Night is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Elie Wiesel - Year: 2007

2
42 9
I Know This Much Is True is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Wally Lamb - Year: 1998

3
34 12
She's Come Undone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Wally Lamb - Year: 1997

4
26 7
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Charles Dickens - Year: 2010

5
26 8
The Bluest Eye is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Toni Morrison - Year: 2000

6
29 11
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Leo Tolstoy - Year: 2004

7
25 8
The Pillars of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Ken Follett - Year: 2007

8
23 8
The Reader is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Bernhard Schlink - Year: 1999

9
25 11
The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Barbara Kingsolver - Year: 2000

10
21 8
East of Eden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
John Steinbeck - Year: 2003

11
25 12
White Oleander is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Janet Fitch - Year: 1999

12
21 9
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Charles Dickens - Year: 2010

13
18 7
The Deep End of the Ocean is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Jacquelyn Mitchard - Year: 1996

14
16 6
We Were the Mulvaneys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Joyce Carol Oates - Year: 2001

15
20 10
Song of Solomon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Toni Morrison - Year: 1996

16
15 6
Tara Road is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Maeve Binchy - Year: 1999

17
20 11
The Road is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Cormac McCarthy - Year: 2007

18
15 7
The Good Earth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Pearl S. Buck - Year: 2004

19
16 8
Middlesex is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Jeffrey Eugenides - Year: 2007

20
17 9
Where the Heart Is is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Billie Letts - Year: 1998

21
10 5
Midwives is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Chris Bohjalian - Year: 1998

22
12 7
Freedom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Jonathan Franzen - Year: 2010

23
12 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
15 10
House of Sand and Fog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Andre Dubus - Year: 2000

25
12 7
The Pilot's Wife is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Anita Shreve - Year: 1999

26
13 9
One Hundred Years of Solitude is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Gabriel García Márquez - Year: 2004

27
11 7
Drowning Ruth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Christina Schwarz - Year: 2000

28
9 5
Gap Creek is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Robert Morgan - Year: 2000

29
9 5
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Malika Oufkir, Michele Fitoussi - Year: 2001

30
8 4
What Looks Like Crazy on an Or... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Pearl Cleage - Year: 1998

31
9 6
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
christopher-edwards added William Golding

32
7 4
Black and Blue is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Anna Quindlen - Year: 1998

33
8 6
Love in the Time of Cholera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Gabriel García Márquez - Year: 2007

34
7 5
Jewel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Bret Lott - Year: 1999

35
6 4
A Map of the World is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Jane Hamilton - Year: 1999

36
11 10
A Million Little Pieces is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
James Frey - Year: 2005

37
5 4
Ruby is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Cynthia Bond - Year: 2015

38
8 8
The Sound and the Fury is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
William Faulkner - Year: 2005

39
8 8
Cry, The Beloved Country is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Alan Paton - Year: 2003

40
8 8
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Carson McCullers - Year: 2004

41
7 7
Stones from the River is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Ursula Hegi - Year: 1997

42
6 6
Wild: From Lost to Found on th... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books

43
5 5
The Book of Ruth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Jane Hamilton - Year: 1996

44
2 2
Where Troy Once Stood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
christopher-edwards added Iman Wilkens

45
5 6
The Invention of Wings is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Sue Monk Kidd - Year: 2014

46
5 6
The Rapture of Canaan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Sheri Reynolds - Year: 1997

47
5 6
The Heart of a Woman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Maya Angelou - Year: 1997

48
5 6
Daughter of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Isabel Allende - Year: 2000

49
4 5
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Ayana Mathis - Year: 2012

50
4 5
Fall on Your Knees is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Ann-Marie MacDonald - Year: 2002