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The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy Hardcover – November 15, 2011

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About the Author

Deborah Davis is the author of 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), and the upcoming Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner that Shocked a Nation, which will be published in Fall 2011 by Atria/S&S. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419700596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419700590
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is such a beautiful book!! This book would certainly be an excellent gift for anyone who loves (and misses!) the Oprah Winfrey Show! This is one of the books that you would display on your living room table.

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
-Introduction
-A Forum for Women
-Star Power
-Embracing Equality
-Giving Back
-Soul Searching
-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.
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This book is about the height and length of two books. It takes two hands to read, but it is worth the effort for any Oprah fan or even a fan of beautiful photography. I can't comment enough about the grandeur and awe-inspiring splendor of the book - it's huge and comforting photos of people we've all come to know and love, the memories garnered up when seeing Oprah at her finest on the stage of the Oprah Show. I have never read a book this stunning.

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!!!
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As someone who has always been a fan of the achievements of Oprah Winfrey and the way her show has literally changed the way people live, this book was a great gift and account of the legacy that the show and the creator have left for all of us. What Deborah Davis has done is not just remind us of the highlights that have come from the groundbreaking television show but the behind-the-scenes stories that we might not have known by just watching television.

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.
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My son wanted to buy this for his mom who used to be a big Oprah fan. It's a really nice book, well laid out and full of great photos if you happen to be a fan of Oprah (I'm not). You can't go wrong buying this for your favorite Oprah-file.
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.
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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. It was a lovely book, with an uninspiring layout, exactly what the cover states - Oprah Winfrey's Reflections on Oprah Winfrey.
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I bought this as a present for my aunt for Christmas and it's absolutely fantastic. They were running a super deep discount on them, but I was only able to order one copy. I'll have to find one at a reasonable price somewhere else to add to the bookshelf. Lots of pictures and amazing stories. I loved growing up with Oprah and miss her!
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