Thursday, December 11, 2014


Hats off to Oprah Winfrey. Beginning her career as a Nashville news anchor in 1978, she moved to Chicago to be a talk show host and began a meteoric rise that would be notable for anyone, but particularly for a poor African American girl from Mississippi. Her talk show included interviews, put a greater emphasis on the spiritual and self-motivation, and started an on-the-air book club. You can find Oprah’s own books and movies, as well as her many book club titles, on the Monrovia Public Library shelves. For the book club list click:

Starting a magazine is always risky business, but O: The Oprah Magazine was an immediate success. Oprah’s newest bestseller is taken from the back pages of O. What I Know for Sure is an inspiring collection of Oprah’s observations and life lessons. Touching on personal and practical topics and filled with empathy and humor, this is a book for readers who want to slow down and reflect.

Oprah’s Big Book of Happiness, the Best of O is also taken from the magazine. This coffee table sized book is a terrific collection of stories on self-improvement and learning to appreciate and better your life. The accomplished, like Barack Obama, as well as experts in various fields, offer advice for readers.

Oprah does seem to have it all, plus more. However, she keeps stretching as she displays some wonderful acting skills in movies that can be found on the DVD shelves.  Her first acting job was in The Color Purple, Alice Walker’s classic story of two sisters whose lives diverge, but who remain connected. In The Butler Oprah plays the wife of a White House servant. She is a stand-out in an all-star cast.

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