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The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy edited by Deborah Davis

I have not been an Oprah fan, to any extent.  Of course, I was aware of her influence, especially on reading, when her Oprah’s Book Club ‘made’ authors’ reputations, their books bestsellers, and the library hold queues extraordinarily long!   I wasn’t able to join in the “Did you see yesterday’s Oprah?” conversations, as I work afternoons and  have not found any television compelling enough to record.  I surprised myself, however, by picking up The Oprah Winfrey Show:  Reflections on an American Legacy,  a beautiful coffee table book from Abrams publishers.  Edited by Deborah Davis, it’s divided into 9 sections that capture Oprah’s social impact:  a forum for women, star power,  embracing equality, giving back, soul searching, in good health, here’s to books, moving the needle, and the farewell season.  Many sections have tributes  by her starring guest with accompanying photos.  It’s a good read for Oprah fans, casual readers, or those pondering the social impact of the media.

Amy P.

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