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The Uncommon Wisdom Of Oprah Winfrey: A Portrait in Her Own Words (Unauthorized) Hardcover – June 1, 2000


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  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559724196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559724197
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,177,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Those who can't get enough of Oprah might enjoy The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey: A Portrait in Her Own Words. In this small-format volume, Bill Adler arranges chronologically, as well as by subject, hundreds of brief quotes by Oprah, drawn from myriad sources, into a breezy "autobiographical depiction." (Morrow, $15 224p ISBN 0-688-14382-2)
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Popular talk show host Winfrey relates her life story here in the form of quotes. She comments on her early years, her career moves, and her weight problems, among other topics.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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While this is a very interesting and well researched book on Oprah, keep in mind that it is an unauthorized biography. This book is basically a chronology of Oprah's life, and Adler does a decent job of stringing her quotes into a coherent history. A nice bonus is the section of short quotes on a wide variety of subjects. If you love Oprah, you'll probably love this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chap Gmunderson on June 17, 2005
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I purchased this book expecting to bathe in the luxury of Oprah's soothing whirlpool bath of motivational language, and I was not disappointed! I come to Operah through my long and growing interest in Dr. Phil, her advisor and close personal muse, and I was right in thinking that the acorn doesn't fall far from the original acorn. While Phil (Dr.) concentrates on homespun advice about how to be more like him (not tall, but living a good life, I mean), Oprah talks about motivational talking and finding your "spirit place", and although her "spirit place" often involves a separate home in the woods with waterfalls and a brook passing through the living room, you can get the same effect in a tent with a small fan or other noisy machine (one time I just left my car running and that seemed to do the trick - make sure your garage door isn't closed though!). I only give this book 3 stars because apparantly Oprah did not make this book herself but rather people followed her around and wrote everything down that she said without her noticing or hearing them. Still, though, it gives off her magic and essence, and is therefore worthy of your attention. Huzzah!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Omni on October 11, 2002
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You can get lost in the fact that this is a collection of quotes by Oprah and not thoughts written by Oprah exclusively for this book.
Or you could be smart and glean wisdom from what she has to say.
How she grew up, what she learned from her errors, what she thinks of money and herself in relationship to it, the mental preparation to receive the abundance that she has and how she stays centered.
What I think thsi book is valuable for is insight, and perhaps personal inspiration for how to manage one's self in certain situations. The goal is not to become Oprah, it is to become the best YOU possible.
You take or you leave it, but you integrate it into the lessons and challenges of your own life. The same with John D. Rockefeller, Bill Gates, Jenny Jones (hahhahahaha----kidding).
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