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The Best Oprah Book Club Books

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List RulesOnly 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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