Down With OPB: Oprah Tested, Prosey Approved.

(For those who don’t get the reference to the title of this post, click here!)

I think it’s safe to say that books are one of the most underestimated forms of entertainment in the media. Movies, music and TV get most of the focus. And in the rare moment that books actually do get attention, they’re usually, to be quite frank, over sensationalized and poorly written. Not that I’m naming names.

That’s why I’m glad Oprah has brought back her book club. Just as with the original one, the books of her choice contain thought-provoking content and quality writing. I’m also thankful for O: The Oprah Magazine, because it seems to be one of the few mainstream glossies that is truly passionate about books. It has always been more than generous in that regard, often contributing several pages to the latest reads. And in her July 2012 issue, the very one in where she relaunches her book club, “generous” is an understatement.

The question of the month is “Which fictional character would you love to meet?” (mine, of course, would be Dolores Price); there’s a cover story for Oprah’s inaugural pick for her Book Club 2.0.: Wild, by Cheryl Strayed; there’s an eight-page fashion photo spread of various female authors – a treatment usually given to pop, movie and TV stars; and, as previewed on the issue’s front cover -an offering of nearly thirty summer reads! If being this happy about books makes me a nerd, well then…wait. I’ve never given off the impression otherwise, so I think I’m covered here.

Want a look at Oprah’s picks? I’ve decided to be generous myself and post scans of the twenty-nine book spread. There’s something for everyone here: true crime; memoirs;  novels both serious and for the beach and more. But before I do that, here’s a look at the ones on the list that’s tickled my fancy and are sure to be on one of my seasonal reading lists in the near future.

Because I know you care.

  1. Tell The Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt
  2. The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker
  3. Shout Her Lovely Name -Natalie Serber
  4. The Red House – Mark Haddon
  5. People Who Eat Darkness – RIchard Lloyd
  6. Seating Arrangements – Maggie Shipstead
  7. Calling Invisible Women – Jeanne Ray
  8. Imperfect Bliss – Susan Fales-Hill
  9. Gone – Cathi Hanauer


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