The Oprah Phenomenon

Author: Jennifer Harris,Elwood Watson

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813159946

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Her image is iconic: Oprah Winfrey has built an empire on her ability to connect with and inspire her audience. No longer just a name, "Oprah" has become a brand representing the talk show host's unique style of self-actualizing individualism. The cultural and economic power wielded by Winfrey merits critical evaluation. The contributors to The Oprah Phenomenon examine the origins of her public image and its substantial influence on politics, entertainment, and popular opinion. Contributors address praise from her many supporters and weigh criticisms from her detractors. Winfrey's ability to create a feeling of intimacy with her audience has long been cited as one of the foundations of her popularity. She has repeatedly made national headlines by engaging and informing her audience with respect to her personal relationships to race, gender, feminism, and New Age culture. The Oprah Phenomenon explores these relationships in detail. At the root of Winfrey's message to her vast audience is her assertion that anyone can be a success regardless of background or upbringing. The contributors scrutinize this message: What does this success entail? Is the motivation behind self-actualization, in fact, merely the hope of replicating Winfrey's purchasing power? Is it just a prescription to buy the products she recommends and heed the advice of people she admires, or is it a lifestyle change of meaningful spiritual benefit? The Oprah Phenomenon asks these and many other difficult questions to promote a greater understanding of Winfrey's influence on the American consciousness.

The Late Age of Print

Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control

Author: Ted Striphas

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231519648

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Ted Striphas argues that, although the production and propagation of books have undoubtedly entered a new phase, printed works are still very much a part of our everyday lives. With examples from trade journals, news media, films, advertisements, and a host of other commercial and scholarly materials, Striphas tells a story of modern publishing that proves, even in a rapidly digitizing world, books are anything but dead. From the rise of retail superstores to Oprah's phenomenal reach, Striphas tracks the methods through which the book industry has adapted (or has failed to adapt) to rapid changes in twentieth-century print culture. Barnes & Noble, Borders, and have established new routes of traffic in and around books, and pop sensations like Harry Potter and the Oprah Book Club have inspired the kind of brand loyalty that could only make advertisers swoon. At the same time, advances in digital technology have presented the book industry with extraordinary threats and unique opportunities. Striphas's provocative analysis offers a counternarrative to those who either triumphantly declare the end of printed books or deeply mourn their passing. With wit and brilliant insight, he isolates the invisible processes through which books have come to mediate our social interactions and influence our habits of consumption, integrating themselves into our routines and intellects like never before.


The Gospel of an Icon

Author: Kathryn Lofton

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520948246

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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"Today on Oprah," intoned the TV announcer, and all over America viewers tuned in to learn, empathize, and celebrate. In this book, Kathryn Lofton investigates the Oprah phenomenon and finds in Winfrey’s empire—Harpo Productions, O Magazine, and her new television network—an uncanny reflection of religion in modern society. Lofton shows that when Oprah liked, needed, or believed something, she offered her audience nothing less than spiritual revolution, reinforced by practices that fuse consumer behavior, celebrity ambition, and religious idiom. In short, Oprah Winfrey is a media messiah for a secular age. Lofton’s unique approach also situates the Oprah enterprise culturally, illuminating how Winfrey reflects and continues historical patterns of American religions.

Cane River

Author: Lalita Tademy

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0759522421

Category: Fiction

Page: 584

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK The unique and deeply moving saga of four generations of African-American women whose journey from slavery to freedom begins on a Creole plantation in Louisiana. Beginning with her great-great-great-great grandmother, a slave owned by a Creole family, Lalita Tademy chronicles four generations of strong, determined black women as they battle injustice to unite their family and forge success on their own terms. They are women whose lives begin in slavery, who weather the Civil War, and who grapple with contradictions of emancipation, Jim Crow, and the pre-Civil Rights South. As she peels back layers of racial and cultural attitudes, Tademy paints a remarkable picture of rural Louisiana and the resilient spirit of one unforgettable family. There is Elisabeth, who bears both a proud legacy and the yoke of bondage... her youngest daughter, Suzette, who is the first to discover the promise-and heartbreak-of freedom... Suzette's strong-willed daughter Philomene, who uses a determination born of tragedy to reunite her family and gain unheard-of economic independence... and Emily, Philomene's spirited daughter, who fights to secure her children's just due and preserve their dignity and future. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Cane River presents a slice of American history never before seen in such piercing and personal detail.

Citizens Creek

A Novel

Author: Lalita Tademy

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476753032

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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Buying his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars, Cow Tom builds a remarkable life and legacy that is sustained by his courageous granddaughter. By the best-selling author of Cane River and Red River. 35,000 first printing.

Ein Haus in Irland

Author: Maeve Binchy

Publisher: Knaur eBook

ISBN: 3426414694

Category: Fiction

Page: 672

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Ria Lynch und Marilyn Vine tauschen einen Sommer lang ihre Häuser. Ria zieht in das schicke New-England-Heim der völlig in ihrer Universitätskarriere aufgehenden Marilyn, während sich diese in dem gemütlichen Haus in der Tara Road in Dublin anschickt, das Leben einer irischen Hausfrau zu führen. Am Ende werden beide Frauen erkennen, daß jede das Leben der anderen in diesem Sommer entscheidend verändert hat.

Growing Up in Mississippi

A Memoir

Author: Bertha M. Davis

Publisher: Infinity Publishing

ISBN: 0741420678

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 156

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Not since "Cane River," an Oprah Book Club pick, has a book come along to strike a familiar discord of memories for Black Americans with such vivid imagery and accurate reflection.

Reading Oprah

How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads

Author: Cecilia Konchar Farr

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791462577

Category: Social Science

Page: 164

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Singt, ihr Lebenden und ihr Toten, singt

Author: Jesmyn Ward

Publisher: Antje Kunstmann

ISBN: 3956142284

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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Jojo und seine kleine Schwester Kayla leben bei ihren Großeltern Mam and Pop an der Golfküste von Mississippi. Leonie, ihre Mutter, kümmert sich kaum um sie. Sie nimmt Drogen und arbeitet in einer Bar. Wenn sie high ist, wird Leonie von Visionen ihres toten Bruders heimgesucht, die sie quälen, aber auch trösten. Mam ist unheilbar an Krebs erkrankt, und der stille und verlässliche Pop versucht, den Haushalt aufrecht zu erhalten und Jojo beizubringen, wie man erwachsen wird. Als der weiße Vater von Leonies Kindern aus dem Gefängnis entlassen wird, packt sie ihre Kinder und eine Freundin ins Auto und fährt zur »Parchment Farm«, dem staatlichen Zuchthaus, um ihn abzuholen. Eine Reise voller Gefahr und Hoffnung. Jesmyn Ward erzählt so berührend wie unsentimental von einer schwarzen Familie in einer von Armut und tief verwurzeltem Rassismus geprägten Gesellschaft. Was bedeuten familiäre Bindungen, wo sind ihre Grenzen? Wie bewahrt man Würde, Liebe und Achtung, wenn man sie nicht erfährt? Singt, ihr Lebenden und ihr Toten, singt ist ein großer Roman, getragen von Wards so besonderer melodischer Sprache, ein zärtliches Familienporträt, eine Geschichte von Hoffnungen und Kämpfen, voller Anspielungen auf das Alte Testament und die Odyssee.

Running Book Discussion Groups

A How-to-do-it Manual

Author: Lauren Zina John

Publisher: Neal Schuman Pub


Category: Education

Page: 250

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Oprah. The Today Show. Live With Regis and Kelly. Their book clubs attract millions - and send hordes of readers to the library. Your library may not be able to hold millions, but there's no reason your discussion group can't be every bit as popular and appreciated as those on TV. This unique manual shows you step-by-step how to build, improve, and maintain successful, engaging book discussion groups. Chapters answer the fundamental questions: How do you build membership? Choose the right titles? Schedule and arrange meetings? Develop questions? Get free or discounted books? Provide an inviting atmosphere and setting? Planning, publicity, facilitating discussions, programming techniques, and assessment are discussed in detail. Essential advice on programming includes 15 ready-to-use discussion guides; One Book-One City program ideas; on line forums; title selection; and more. Any library starting or running book discussion groups will want this practical guide by their side.

Zwischenstop in Idlewild


Author: Pearl Cleage

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783929823752


Page: 272

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Auf dem Weg in ein neues Leben in San Francisco macht Ava, die erfahren hat, dass sie HIV-positiv ist, Station bei ihrer Schwester in Idlewild, dem Ort ihrer Kindheit. Sie ahnt nicht, was und wer sie erwartet.



Author: Chelsea Cain

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442372249


Page: 398

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Es ist niemals vorbei: Die FURIE kehrt zurück ... Zehn Jahre verfolgte Detective Archie Sheridan die bildschöne Serienmörderin Gretchen Lowell. Zehn Tage litt er in ihren Händen. Er brachte sie hinter Gitter, aber nie wieder kam er von ihr frei. Jetzt ist das Unfassbare geschehen. Die eiskalte Psychopatin ist entkommen. Archie kann sie nur auf eine Art stellen: Indem er sich absichtlich in ihre Falle locken lässt. Gretchen glaubt sich am Ziel ihrer Wünsche, doch Archie hat ganz eigene Pläne. Zwischen Jäger und Gejagter entbrennt ein perfider, tödlicher Machtkampf aus Verführung, Obsession, Hass und Rache ... Man sagt ich sei Grausam, aber auch ein wenig Rücksichtslos, Abartig bin ich angeblich auch noch. Ganz andere halten mich für Zerstörerisch und Intelligent. Ich selber finde mich eher Engelsgleich. GRAZIE Dr. Hannibal Lecter ist ein Lämmchen gegen Gretchen Lowell. Chelsea Cain, geboren 1972, ist Journalistin und Schriftstellerin. Mit ihren Thrillern hat sie einen fulminanten Erfolg beim deutschsprachigen Publikum erzielt und ist seitdem eine der erfolgreichsten internationalen Thrillerautorinnen. Chelsea Cain lebt in Portland, Oregon. Sterbensschön ist ihr fünfter Roman um die atemberaubend attraktive Serienmörderin Gretchen Lowell.


Author: Briton Hadden,Henry Robinson Luce

Publisher: N.A


Category: Science

Page: N.A

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Der dunkle Fluss


Author: John Hart

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641028000

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Ausgezeichnet mit dem Edgar Allan Poe Award Es ist fünf Jahre her, dass Adam Chase in New York ein neues Leben anfing. Er hatte damals South Carolina verlassen, nachdem er von einer Mordanklage freigesprochen worden war. Nun bittet sein alter Freund Danny ihn um Hilfe, und Adam fährt zurück. Doch der Freund ist verschwunden und in der Heimatstadt schlagen ihm Argwohn und Hass entgegen. Als Danny tot aufgefunden wird, fällt der Verdacht gleich wieder auf Adam. Aber es ist nicht nur dieser neue Mord, der Adam aufwühlt. Er muss sich der Vergangenheit stellen und es gibt dunkle Familiengeheimnisse. John Hart erkundet mit großer Intensität, wie weit Menschen gehen können, wenn es um Geld geht und um Rache.