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The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy Hardcover – November 15, 2011
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Deborah Davis is the author of seven narrative non-fiction books, including Fabritius and the Goldfinch, an Amazon Kindle Single, the best selling Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X (Tarcher/Putnam, 2003), Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball (Wiley, 2006), The Secret Lives of Frames: 100 Years of Art and Artistry (Filipacchi Publishing, 2007), Gilded: How Newport Became the Richest Resort in America (Wiley, 2009), The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy, the authorized history of twenty-five years of the landmark television show and its legendary host (Abrams, 2011), and Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner that Shocked a Nation (Atria, 2012), which won the prestigious Phillis Wheatley Award for best work of History in 2013, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Davis' upcoming book, The Trip (Atria, 2015), tells the story of Andy Warhol's adventures on a cross-country road-trip in 1963.
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Since I am currently unemployed, I decided to take this book out from my local library. I "pre-reserved" this book and boy, do I wish I could keep this book!! The photography in this book is absolutely top-notch! When looking at all of the images, I feel like I'm there!
The book flows so well. Deborah Davis, the author, writes so eloquently and concisely. Davis is clearly a very talented writer. Throughout the book, I just wanted to keep on reading!
Basically, the book is a 238 page essay about the Oprah Winfrey Show. Scattered among the narrative about the show are GORGEOUS photos and touching essays about Oprah's legacy. Essays are written by Gloria Steinem, Maria Shriver, John Travolta, Diane Von Furstenberg, Julia Roberts, Stanley Crouch, Ellen DeGeneres, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Nicholas Kristof, "Bono, Nelson Mandela, Mark Nepo, Marianne Williamson, Phil McGraw, Bob Greene, Dr. Oz, Toni Morrison, Elie Wiesel, Phil Donahue, Roger Ebert, and Sidney Poitier.
The "essay" is divided into these sections:
-The Making of a Legacy
-A Forum for Women
-In Good Health
-Here's to Books
-Moving the Needle
-The Farewell Season
-The End of an Era
I really grasped Oprah's legacy and influence. She transformed America in so many ways. From encouraging reading through her book club to promoting equality and tolerance for all, Oprah's influence is HUGE.Read more ›
The book is, of course, about Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and about some of the things that she's tried to teach and have definitely learned throughout her tenure as a talk show host. There are also testimonials as to what Oprah has meant to people and cultures over the past 25 years. For example, there is a statement made by the great Henry Louis Gates Jr. which tells of how he first heard of Oprah and why she is so important in his life personally. He gave the experience of when Oprah visited the PBS stage to have her ancestry researched in "African American Lives." It was a remarkable page of information, and Mr. Gates Jr. stood tall as a beautifully artistic portrait on the next page almost watching you as you read with the proverbial `family' tree behind him.
This book is an experience! A must have for any Oprah fan!!!
Thought the Oprah Winfrey Show is off the air there is no way that Oprah Winfrey and the impact she made five days a week will be forgotten. By going through this book and seeing not just her evolution but remembering the changes we have all had in our lives, I think will be instrumental as we move ahead and keep learning to live with purpose.
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW: Reflections on an American Legacy is not just for lovers of all things Oprah. It is for anyone who wants proof that change is possible and our best life is still yet ahead of us.
One thing that surprised me..... a lot.....it's BIG. The dimensions listed are correct. I guess for less than 4 bucks I wasn't expecting such a very nice, very large book.
Author Deborah Davis takes a deep look at how the Oprah show grew into such a phenomenon by tackling taboo subjects like sexual abuse and homophobia, encouraging everyone to open up their minds and lives by reading, and learning how to love themselves and better their lives and the world around them. The book is peppered with lovely photographs documenting some of Oprah's best moments and most remembered guests (Jacqui Saburido, Erin Kramp, etc.) over the years as well as detailed essays by Maya Angelou (my personal favorite), Elie Wiesel, Nelson Mandela, Ellen Degeneres and Toni Morrison (to name a few) sharing personal anectdotes about Oprah and discussing what her legacy means to them.
This coffee table sized book is HUGE (I felt like Alice in Wonderland having to sit it in my lap in order to read it), but that's because it's jampacked with hope, positivity, and the belief that anything is possible. That alone is what makes getting it worth it!
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The energy of a Masterful yin only brings added awareness in having this work within one's surroundings. Amazing soul! The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American LegacyPublished 4 months ago by kim ripley hartt
Especially the cover photo of Oprah. A good historical literally work for any library.Published 5 months ago by Linda Eirz
I am a graphic designer and I bought it assuming it would be the best designed art book I had ever seen, knowing that money was no object. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Virginia
Love it, I purchased this for display only & it serves its purpose well.Published 6 months ago by JHuff