Friday, January 26, 2007

Drumroll please......


Looks like Lady Oprah has made her decision. The latest book to be selected for the Oprah Book Club is The Measure of a Man : A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney Poitier. I don't know very much about him and I'm always complaining that I don't read enough non-fiction, so I'm sure I will have to grab this one. I'm a little disappointed that she hasn't gone back to the Classics though. I really liked that format. And with all the fuss over James Frey, I'm a little surprised that she is going with another biography/memoir. I'm sure this one will be a lot safer!!
Later!!

6 comments:

Marg said...

I too am a bit disappointed that it isn't another classic read, but I guess that in a way this book is playing it safe. He's an inspirational character who seems to have a completely unblemished past!

What do you think of the reason she gave for it taking a year to announce the new book?

Bets said...

I agree, a novel would have been nice. I do happen to own this on audio tapes bought for a steal when Crown books went out of business. It is wonderful hearing his voice tell the story!

Chris said...

Well, when he was on her show, she practically bowed to him! She loves the dude. So, Frey he is not.
Rather a Classic though. I missed the show so I didn't hear what she said. What was her reason?

Kristy said...

Her reason was she hasn't had time to read. She has been too busy working on her girl's school curriculum. I really can't criticize that. I don't have a lot of time to read either and I know she has more going on than I do.

Kailana said...

um, not on the Oprah book, on my being sick! I haven't actually sat down and read American Gods... Not because I don't want to, more because I feel yucky. I'll do my best to have it done by Mon, but if I don't, don't wait for me, I can read 200 pages by the following Monday if I am feeling better.

moonbeam said...

I think this is Oprah's homage to her idol. If John Travolta ever writes a book, she'll pick that one, too, I suppose.

I'll pass--since I've read my non-fiction for the year already, albeit by mistake. Someone gave me a John Grisham for Christmas. I was thrilled until I started reading it and it was awful. The Innocent Man--skip it. I finished it, although I skimmed most of the last half. I took the book jacket off without reading it and didn't find out till after I was into it that it was his first non-fiction book. It reads like a poorly written newspaper article. This book won't stay in my collection and will be put in the box for my sister in law's next garage sale.

And regarding Portier's films, I think I've seen every one and he is a wonderful actor, but I was hoping for a "classic" too.