Novelist's Debut Is Newest Pick for Oprah's Book Club It is a dream come true for a first-time novelist: a call from Oprah Winfrey with the news that your novel has been chosen for her book club. That dream recently came true for Ayana Mathis, the author of “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” (Alfred A. More
Oprah's book club is back Oprah Winfrey — once an unrivaled force in selling books — is back. Her impact can be seen on USA TODAY's Best-Selling books list as Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild, the first title in Winfrey's relaunched club (announced June 1), rises from No. More
Year-end books: E-sales surge; where's Oprah? In a year when Borders went out of business and Oprah's Book Club disappeared, e-book sales surged and self-published authors got rich selling 99-cent digital books. But it also was a good year for an old print lion —Ernest Hemingway— and books about a famous 20th-century couple, Jack and Jackie. More
'Oprah' finale scores biggest audience in 17 years Preliminary figures show Wednesday's finale of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" scored its highest audience in 17 years. The Nielsen Co. said Thursday that the final episode delivered a 13.3 household rating in the nation's metered markets. More
Oprah picks Franzen's novel "Freedom" for book club "I am really betting that 'Freedom,' by Jonathan Franzen ... should want in a book," Winfrey said. In 2001, Winfrey chose Franzen's National Book Award winner "The Corrections," but the novelist snubbed her by calling her book club picks "schmaltzy ... 09/17/2010 - 1:27 am | View Link
Oprah Picks Franzen's "Freedom" for Book Club Oprah Winfrey has forgiven Jonathan ... after picking Franzen's "The Corrections" for her book club and then canceling his appearance on her show after he expressed ambivalence over her endorsement, Winfrey has chosen his new novel, "Freedom." 09/16/2010 - 11:02 am | View Link
Oprah Winfrey Picks Franzen’s ‘Freedom’ for Book Club Oprah Winfrey's latest book club selection is Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom," the Associated Press reports citing three booksellers. Winfrey is scheduled to announce her pick Friday. The move would mean Winfrey and Franzen have patched up their relationship ... 09/15/2010 - 1:00 pm | View Link
Oprah picks Franzen's `Freedom' for book club NEW YORK—Oprah Winfrey has forgiven Jonathan ... picking Franzen's "The Corrections" for her book club and then canceling his appearance on her show after he expressed ambivalence over her endorsement, Winfrey has chosen his new novel, "Freedom." 09/15/2010 - 1:00 pm | View Link
Oprah picks Franzen's 'Freedom' for book club New York (AP) - Oprah Winfrey has forgiven Jonathan ... picking Franzen's "The Corrections" for her book club and then canceling his appearance on her show after he expressed ambivalence over her endorsement, Winfrey has chosen his new novel, "Freedom." 09/15/2010 - 1:00 pm | View Link
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen Book Excerpt Start reading The Good Neighbors, an excerpt from Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, an Oprah's Book Club selection. | View Website
Oprah's Book Club Oprah's Book Club was a book discussion club segment of the American talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, highlighting books chosen by host Oprah Winfrey. | View Website
Purity by Jonathan Franzen — Reviews, Discussion ... Up till now, I’ve defended Jonathan Franzen. That’s despite his skirmishes with Oprah and Jennifer Weiner, his curmudgeonly comments about social media and ... | View Website
Jonathan Franzen | Books | The Guardian Jonathan Franzen’s lack of black friends is unsettling but it’s hardly unusual in white America | View Website
What books sell best? Self-help, kid lit, and erotica ... What books sell best? Self-help, kid lit, and erotica | View Website
By Marita Golden, The Washington Post
This has been an extraordinary year for assessing the cultural impact of African-American sports figures.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest what he sees as persistent racial inequality in America, by remaining seated during the playing of the national anthem, has stirred passionate debate about free speech and inspired other athletes to speak out in support.
By Andrew Ervin, Special to The Washington Post
Over the past four decades, Alan Moore has earned a reputation — and a massive, worldwide audience — as a historian and champion of the macabre. In his legendary comics “V for Vendetta,” “Watchmen” and “From Hell,” the natural and the supernatural can be difficult to distinguish.
Denver’s Lakeside Amusement Park
By David Forsyth
University Press of Colorado
For more than a century, Lakeside has been one of Denver’s premier attractions. (Well, technically, it was built in the town of Lakeside, not Denver, but that’s beside the point.) Its rides and big-name bands, its train and fun house with the laughing lady have appealed to generations.
Perhaps most remarkable of all, Lakeside has survived. Of some 5,000 amusement parks built between 1895 and 1920, only 100 were still around in 2008. Lakeside’s success is due in large part to its management.
The park was built by a group of Denver businessmen, including the scion of the Zang brewing family. The design was part of the City Beautiful movement that also gave Denver Civic Center. To keep Lakeside from being surrounded by tawdry Coney Island-type businesses, Lakeside’s owners purchased a huge quantity of land and incorporated it as the town of Lakeside.
Putting in the effort to have a glowing complexion might sound like the sort of vanity that’s antithetical to leading a spiritual life, but Deepak Chopra sees it just the opposite way. Beauty is the natural outcome of a healthy diet, a healthy mind — a healthy state of being.
The renowned (and sometimes controversial) speaker, doctor and proponent of integrative medicine will be in Denver on Sunday for a sold-out event at Mile Hi Church in Lakewood.
Nutshell“Nutshell,” Ian McEwan’s preposterously weird little novel, is more brilliant than it has any right to be. The plot sounds like something sprung from a drunken round of literary Mad Libs: a crime of passion based on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” narrated by a fetus.
That it should come to this!
If you can get beyond that icky premise, you’ll discover a novel that sounds like a lark but offers a story that’s surprisingly suspenseful, dazzlingly clever and gravely profound.
By Ron Charles, Washington Post Writer’s Group
We love Ann Patchett for her novels, but her new one, “Commonwealth,” reminds us that, in another world, she could have been one of our favorite short story writers, too. When she edited “The Best American Short Stories” in 2006, she singled out Eudora Welty as “the hero of my life,” and that veneration shows in the adroitly shaped, exquisitely subtle scenes that make up her fiction.
“Commonwealth” opens with a 32-page story about a party at Fix Keating’s house in Los Angeles.