OPRAH'S 3 MOST RECENT BOOK PICKS
As if we couldn’t love Oprah any more than we already do, she’s given us so many truly amazing books that have changed lives, gave us hope, and were just downright guilty pleasures. Oprah revealed her new book for the month and we’re making sure you don’t miss a beat by providing a complete list of all the best books she’s recommended!
Oprah first started her official Book Club way back in 1996 and, boy, did she ever get us all reading! A little known fact is that right before she started her official list, she recommended Maryanne Williamson’s “A Return to Love” first. Total game changer.
Our personal favorite of all time was “The Underground Railroad: A Novel” by Colson Whitehead. It’s gripping, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and painfully forces us to face and understand more of our country’s history. Check that one out here!
Since then, Oprah has recommended more than 100 books, many of which were almost complete unknowns and turned around to be all-time best-sellers for the year.
These days more and more celebs are making recommendations like Jenna Bush’s Monthly Book Club and even Reese Witherspoon’s Book Picks. While we love both of them, the one thing we know for sure is that you can never go wrong when Oprah makes a recommendation.
(Almost) each month Oprah lists out another pick and since her show is no longer on the air (we miss it so much) sometimes a book or two slips through the cracks. We’ll be updating this article with her new book choice each and every time she adds one so you never miss out. Plus we’ll provide you a list of some of her best-sellers that go all the way back to when she started back in ’96. If those books are on sale, you’ll see the price reflected next to each choice. Let’s kick things off!
THE COMPLETE 2023 LIST (SO FAR)
Oprah’s New Book / October, 2023 /
Let Us Descend: by Jesmyn Ward: A reimagining of American slavery, as beautifully rendered as it is heart-wrenching. Searching, harrowing, replete with transcendent love, the novel is a journey from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans and into the fearsome heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation. Read more here!
/ September 2023 /
Wellness: by Nathan Hill: When Jack and Elizabeth meet as college students in the ’90s, the two quickly join forces and hold on tight, each eager to claim a place in Chicago’s thriving underground art scene with an appreciative kindred spirit. Fast-forward twenty years to married life, and alongside the challenges of parenting, they encounter cults disguised as mindfulness support groups, polyamorous would-be suitors, Facebook wars, and something called Love Potion Number Nine. Read more here!
/ May 2023 /
The Covenant of Water: by Abraham Verghese: From the New York Times bestselling author of Cutting for Stone comes a stunning and magisterial epic of love, faith, and medicine, set in Kerala, South India, and following three generations of a family seeking the answers to a strange secret. Read more here!
The Manifestation Journal: by Patrick Varone: Inspired by the Queen of all Manifestations, Oprah, I’ve created a daily prompt-based manifestation journal to help you easily set your daily intention, practice gratitude, focus on forgiveness, be specific with what you want to manifest and so much more. In total you can fill this out in less than 6 minutes per day. While not an Oprah pick, I manifest that she’ll eventually add me to her Favorite Things. Read more here!
Oprah’s Pick / April 2023 /
Hello Beautiful: by Ann Napolitano: A story of family—the ones we’re born to, the ones we marry into, and the ones we make—and how despite pain and fractured relationships, hope can be found. If you have siblings—you’ll revel in the four Padavano sisters who are thick as thieves—until they aren’t. Read more here!
/ February 2023 /
Bittersweet: by Susan Cain: Bittersweetness is a tendency to states of longing, poignancy, and sorrow; an acute awareness of passing time; and a curiously piercing joy at the beauty of the world. It recognizes that light and dark, birth and death—bitter and sweet—are forever paired. Read more here!
The Complete 2022 List
Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. There are some months missing, but that’s only because a new book wasn’t chosen for that given month. Don’t worry, there are still plenty of great ones to choose from!
/ October 2022 /
Demon Copperhead: by Barbara Kingsolver: From the New York Times bestselling author of Unsheltered and Flight Behavior, a brilliant novel which enthralls, compels, and captures the heart as it evokes a young hero’s unforgettable journey to maturity. Read more here!
/ September 2022 /
That Bird Has My Wings
That Bird Has My Wings: by Jarvis Jay Master: Thirty-two years after his conviction, Masters is still on Death Row. A growing movement of people believe Masters is innocent, and are actively working within the legal system to free him. Read more here!
/ June 2022 /
Nightcrawling: by Leilia Mottley: A dazzling novel about a young Black woman who walks the streets of Oakland and stumbles headlong into the failure of its justice system—the debut of a blazingly original voice that “bursts at the seams of every page and swallows you whole. Read more here!
/ April 2022 /
Finding Me: A Memoir
Finding Me: by Viola Davis: Finding Me is a deep reflection, a promise, and a love letter of sorts to self. My hope is that my story will inspire you to light up your own life with creative expression and rediscover who you were before the world put a label on you. Read more here!
/ February 2022 /
The Way of Integrity
The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self by Martha Beck: Presents a four-stage process that anyone can use to find integrity, and with it, a sense of purpose, emotional healing, and a life free of mental suffering. Much of what plagues us—people pleasing, staying in stale relationships, negative habits—all point to what happens when we are out of touch with what truly makes us feel whole. Read more here!
The 2021 List
/ September 2021 /
Bewilderment by Richard Powers: With its soaring descriptions of the natural world, its tantalizing vision of life beyond, and its account of a father and son’s ferocious love, Bewilderment marks Richard Powers’s most intimate and moving novel. At its heart lies the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet? Read more here!
/ August 2021 /
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers: To come to terms with her own identity, Ailey embarks on a journey through her family’s past, uncovering the shocking tales of generations of ancestors—Indigenous, Black, and white—in the deep South. In doing so Ailey must learn to embrace her full heritage, a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience that is the story—and the song—of America itself. Read more here!
/ June 2021 /
The Sweetness of Water
The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris: With candor and sympathy, debut novelist Nathan Harris creates an unforgettable cast of characters, depicting Georgia in the violent crucible of Reconstruction. Equal parts beauty and terror, as gripping as it is moving, The Sweetness of Water is an epic whose grandeur locates humanity and love amid the most harrowing circumstances. Read more here!
/ May 2021 /
Oprah’s new highly-anticipated book is What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing.
What Happened To You? – This book is going to change the way you see your life.
Through this lens we can build a renewed sense of personal self-worth and ultimately recalibrate our responses to circumstances, situations, and relationships. It is, in other words, the key to reshaping our very lives.”―Oprah Winfrey
If you’re interested in learning more you can read more here!
/ April 2021 /
This time around Oprah has chosen 4 (yes, four!) books for the month and all come from the amazing author Marilynne Robinson. The four include: Gilead, Jack, Lila, and Home. Here’s the breakdown and even some sale prices!
Gilead: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by Marilynne Robinson, one of our finest writers–a hymn of praise and lamentation to the God-haunted existence that Reverend Ames loves passionately, and from which he will soon part. Read more here!
Jack: Robinson tells the story of John Ames Boughton, the prodigal son of Gilead’s Presbyterian minister, and his romance with Della Miles, a high school teacher who is also the child of a preacher. Their deeply felt, tormented, star-crossed interracial romance resonates with all the paradoxes of American life, then and now. Read more here!
Lila: Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security. Read more here!
Home: Home is a moving and healing book about families, family secrets, and the passing of the generations, about love and death and faith. It is Robinson’s greatest work, an unforgettable embodiment of the deepest and most universal emotions. Read more here!
The Complete 2020 List
August 2020 / Caste
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. Read more here!
June 2020 / Deacon King Kong
From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird and the bestselling modern classic The Color of Water, one of the most anticipated novels of the year: a wise and witty tale about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting. Read more here!
April 2020 / Hidden Valley Road
The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease. Read more here!
January 2020 / American Dirt
American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times. Already being hailed as “a Grapes of Wrath for our times” and “a new American classic,” Jeanine Cummins’s American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope. Read more here!
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