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Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist.
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The Water Dancer
A Novel
by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Sep 23, 2019)
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Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.So...
Oprah Winfrey
Jan 30, 2020
I have not felt this way about a book since Beloved. I knew early on the book was going to cut me up. I ended up with my soul pierced.     source
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American Dirt
A Novel
by Jeanine Cummins (Jan 20, 2020)
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También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large,...
Oprah Winfrey
Jan 21, 2020
Like so many of us, I’ve read newspaper articles and watched television news stories and seen movies about the plight of families looking for a better life, but this story changed the way I see what it means to be a migrant in a whole new way.      source
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The Untethered Soul
The Journey Beyond Yourself
by Michael A. Singer (Oct 02, 2007)
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Tags: self-helpspiritualhealthpsychologyreligion
What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? The Untethered Soul—now a #1 New York Times bestseller—offers simple yet profound answers to these questions.Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the...
Oprah Winfrey
Jan 15, 2020
I was having a birthday party last year, and a friend handed me this. I was so riveted that I asked the author, who almost never gives interviews, to talk with me on OWN. Here's one of my favorite observations in this essential work: "To attain true inner freedom, you must be able to objectively watch your problems instead of being lost in them.... Once you've made the commitment to free yourself of that scared person inside, you will notice that there is a clear decision point at which your growth takes place.     source
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Becoming
by Michelle Obama (Nov 12, 2018)
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In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerfu...
Oprah Winfrey
Nov 12, 2018
I want the whole world to read this book. This book is everything you wanted to know and so much you didn’t even know you wanted to know. It’s a tour de force. I laughed and I cried. It is exquisitely written. She just opens up herself. It’s so vulnerable, and I’d say that even if I didn’t know her.     source
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The Sun Does Shine
How I Found Life, Freedom, and Justice
by Anthony Hinton (Jun 03, 2019)
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A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit."An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.”- Archbishop Desmond TutuIn 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capita...
Oprah Winfrey
Jun 05, 2018
Over the years I've chosen many great novels, very few memoirs for my book club, but this story reads like an epic novel. And it is all true! Mr. Hinton was falsely convicted of murder and spent 30 years on death row before he was finally released.     source
An American Marriage
A Novel
by Tayari Jones (Feb 04, 2019)
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Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years f...
Oprah Winfrey
Feb 06, 2018
I love this title because the novel redefines the traditional American love story. It's really a love triangle and places it inside a world that a lot of people don't know about, but impacts all of us in really big ways.     source
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Behold the Dreamers
A Novel
by Imbolo Mbue (Jun 25, 2017)
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Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discreti...
Oprah Winfrey
Jun 26, 2017
It's about race and class, the economy, culture, immigration, and the dangers of the us versus them mentality. And underneath it all pumps the heart and soul of family love, the pursuit of happiness, and what home really means.     source
The Power of Now
A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Eckhart Tolle (Aug 18, 2004)
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Eckhart Tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle's clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who's ever wondered what exactly "living in the now" means. Foremost, Tolle is a wor...
Oprah Winfrey
Feb 24, 2016
Meg Ryan and Ellen DeGeneres gave me copies of this book, and it's gotten me through more crises than I can count. It truly helped me discover how to live in the now—to not linger on past mistakes, but to learn from them and then let them go. For me, this is the Mama Jama of super-soulful books. At every moment, it keeps me in a state of awe and amazement.     source
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Out on a Limb
by Shirley Maclaine (Oct 31, 1986)
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Her most controversial book is one you will never forget. An outspoken thinker, a celebrated actress, a truly independent woman, Shirley MacLaine goes beyond her previous two bestsellers to take us on an intimate yet powerful journey into her personal life and inner self. An intense, clandestine love affair with a prominent politician sparks Shirle...
Olive, Again
A Novel
by Elizabeth Strout (Oct 14, 2019)
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The iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but also the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer ...
Oprah Winfrey
My latest pick is Elizabeth Strout's Olive, Again," Oprah says. "Ah, Olive. She teaches us so much about loneliness, judgment, aging, and loss. And empathy, too. I'm in awe of Strout's ability to convey so much in so few words.     source
A New Earth
Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club, Selection 61)
by Eckhart Tolle (Jan 29, 2008)
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“A wake-up call for the entire planet . . . [A New Earth] helps us to stop creating our own suffering and obsessing over the past and what the future might be, and to put ourselves in the now.” —Oprah WinfreyWith his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life li...
Oprah Winfrey
Eckhart Tolle believes that we as a people are ready to undergo a profound transformation—to transcend ego in favor of a higher form of consciousness. His work draws on ancient wisdom and his own personal insights to create an entirely new way of experiencing the world and our future. It's a humanist manifesto that's become a touchstone for me.     source
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The Seeker's Guide
by Elizabeth Lesser (Oct 02, 2000)
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In 1977, Elizabeth Lesser cofounded the Omega Institute, now America's largest adult-education center focusing on wellness and spirituality. Working with many of the eminent thinkers of our times, including Zen masters, rabbis, Christian monks, psychologists, scientists, and an array of noted American figures--from L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson to...
Oprah Winfrey
How do we open ourselves up to life's joy and the heart's peace? Elizabeth Lesser has been helping me answer this question since I first encountered her book. Her message is simple and profound: "When we slow down, quiet the mind, and allow ourselves to feel hungry for something that we do not understand, we are dipping into the abundant well of spiritual longing." That's the starting point for growth.     source
The Book of Awakening
Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have
by Mark Nepo (May 30, 2000)
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The time when we walk in the shadow of death is, ironically, a time when we feel illuminated by life's true meaning. Poet and philosopher Mark Nepo has firsthand experience with this mystery--he had cancer. During his arduous recovery, he sought inspiration and guidance that would reflect his growing appreciation of life. Although this daybook is e...
Oprah Winfrey
One of my all-time Favorite Things! Mark Nepo's collection of reflections is a year's supply of gentle daily wake-up calls. Like most of us, he has thought a lot about the meaning of life, but because he is a poet, a philosopher, and a cancer survivor, his insights are special—and beautifully expressed. A book to be kept on the nightstand at all times.     source
A Return to Love
Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"
by Marianne Williamson (Mar 14, 1996)
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Back by popular demand -- and newly updated by the author -- the mega-bestselling spiritual guide in which Marianne Williamson shares her reflections on A Course in Miracles and her insights on the application of love in the search for inner peace.Williamson reveals how we each can become a miracle worker by accepting God and by the expression of l...
Oprah Winfrey
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. - Reading those two sentences sparked a series of aha moments for me. What Marianne Williamson is getting at here is that fear hides our inner light, but that when we embrace love—which is how she defines God—we connect with who we are really meant to be. I have never been more moved by a book than I am by this one.     source