Reading with Oprah

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Reading with Oprah

The Book Club That Changed America

By Kathleen Rooney

University of Arkansas Press, Hardcover, 9781557287823, 234pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2005

Rooney combines extensive research with a lively personal voice and engaging narrative style to untangle the myths and presuppositions surrounding the club, and reveal its complex and far-reaching cultural influence. Comprehensive and up-to-date, the book features a wide survey of recent commentary, and describes the Club's suspension of operations in April 2002, as well as its resumption in June 2003 with a new focus on "great books."

About the Author
Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, and the author, most recently, of the art modeling memoir Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object (University of Arkansas Press, 2009), the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint, 2010), and the poetry collection ROBINSON ALONE (Gold Wake Press, 2012). She is also the author of the poetry collection ONEIROMANCE (AN EPITHALAMION) (Switchback Books, 2008) and, with Elisa Gabbert, the collaborative poetry collection That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths Books, 2008). She lives in Chicago.