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13 Years of Oprah's Book Club Picks

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We don't know about you, but the end of summer doesn't have to mean the end of adventure and escape. Fall is a great time to slip away and curl up with a good book: forget back-to-school worries for a while and go someplace you've never been -- whether it's a different country, an illicit fantasy, or simply a good story.

Oprah has got her finger on the pulse of what America wants to read. Now in its 13th year, Oprah's book club continues to find something for everybody -- from fresh-off-the-presses best sellers and page-turning thrillers to classics you may have skipped in high school. There might even be a treasure book or two on this list for the kiddos. Go ahead, fall in love ...


13 Years of Oprah's Book Club Picks

2009

Say You're One of Them, by Uwem Akpan

2008

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski
A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

2007

The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez
Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
The Measure of a Man, by Sidney Poitier

2006

Night, by Elie Wiesel

2005

A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey
Light in August, by William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

2004

The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
, by Carson McCullers
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez

2003

Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

2002

Sula, by Toni Morrison
Fall on Your Knees, by Ann-Marie MacDonald

2001

A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry
The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen
Cane River
, by Lalita Tademy
Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail, by Malika Oufkir
Icy Sparks, by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
We Were the Mulvaneys, by Joyce Carol Oates

2000

House of Sand and Fog, by Andre Dubus III
Drowning Ruth, by Christina Schwarz
Open House, by Elizabeth Berg
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
While I Was Gone, by Sue Miller
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Back Roads, by Tawni O'Dell
Daughter of Fortune, by Isabel Allende
Gap Creek, by Robert Morgan

1999

A Map of the World, by Jane Hamilton
Vinegar Hill, by A. Manette Ansay
River, Cross My Heart, by Breena Clarke
Tara Road, by Maeve Binchy
Mother of Pearl, by Melinda Haynes
White Oleander, by Janet Fitch
The Pilot's Wife, by Anita Shreve
The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink
Jewel, by Bret Lott

1998

Where the Heart Is, by Billie Letts
Midwives, by Chris Bohjalian
What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, by Pearl Cleage
I Know This Much Is True, by Wally Lamb
Breath, Eyes, Memory
, by Edwidge Danticat
Black and Blue, by Anna Quindlen
Here on Earth, by Alice Hoffman
Paradise, by Toni Morrison

1997

The Best Way to Play, by Bill Cosby
The Treasure Hunt, by Bill Cosby
The Meanest Thing to Say, by Bill Cosby
A Virtuous Woman, by Kaye Gibbons
Ellen Foster, by Kaye Gibbons
A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines
Songs in Ordinary Time, by Mary McGarry Morris
The Heart of a Woman, by Maya Angelou
The Rapture of Canaan, by Sheri Reynolds
Stones from the River, by Ursula Hegi
She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb

1996

The Book of Ruth, by Jane Hamilton
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
The Deep End of the Ocean, by Jacquelyn Mitchard


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Fidel Latour January 23, 2011, 6:39 PM

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