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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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list ordered by

1
45 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
43 8
Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Elie Wiesel
Year: 2007

3
37 12
She's Come Undone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Wally Lamb
Year: 1997

4
29 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
28 8
The Reader is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Bernhard Schlink
Year: 1999

6
31 11
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Leo Tolstoy
Year: 2004

7
27 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
27 9
The Bluest Eye is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Toni Morrison
Year: 2000

9
24 8
East of Eden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
John Steinbeck
Year: 2003

10
28 12
White Oleander is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Janet Fitch
Year: 1999

11
22 7
The Deep End of the Ocean is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Jacquelyn Mitchard
Year: 1996

12
27 12
The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Barbara Kingsolver
Year: 2000

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

15
17 6
Tara Road is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Maeve Binchy
Year: 1999

16
20 9
Where the Heart Is is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Billie Letts
Year: 1998

17
22 11
The Road is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Cormac McCarthy
Year: 2007

18
17 7
The Good Earth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Pearl S. Buck
Year: 2004

19
18 8
Middlesex is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Jeffrey Eugenides
Year: 2007

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

21
12 5
Midwives is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Chris Bohjalian
Year: 1998

22
14 7
The Pilot's Wife is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Anita Shreve
Year: 1999

23
14 7
Drowning Ruth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Christina Schwarz
Year: 2000

24
11 5
Gap Creek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Robert Morgan
Year: 2000

25
13 7
A Lesson Before Dying is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oprah Book Club Books
Ernest J. Gaines
Year: 1997