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Oprah’s Book Club: All Books She Has Recommended Since 1996

Oprah's Book Club: All Books She Has Recommended Since 1996

Since Oprah Winfrey launched her book club in 1996, she has been in the business of recommending books to the public. From Toni Morrison to Eckhart Tolle and Michelle Obama, many of these books are written by brilliant individuals who have gained popularity around the world.

Here are all the books Oprah Winfrey has recommended through her book club since 1996


  • “The Book of Ruth” by Jane Hamilton
  • “Song of Solomon” by Toni Morrison
  • “The Deep End of the Ocean” by Jacquelyn Mitchard


  • “The Meanest Thing to Say” by Bill Cosby
  • “The Treasure Hunt” by Bill Cosby
  • “The Best Way to Play” by Bill Cosby
  • “Ellen Foster” by Kaye Gibbons
  • “A Virtuous Woman” by Kaye Gibbons
  • “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest Gaines
  • “Songs in Ordinary Time” by Mary McGarry Morris
  • “The Heart of a Woman” by Maya Angelou
  • “The Rapture of Canaan” by Sheri Reynolds
  • “Stones from the River” by Ursula Hegi
  • “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb



  • “Where the Heart Is” by Billie Letts
  • “Midwives” by Chris Bohjalian
  • “What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day” by Pearl Cleage
  • “I Know This Much is True” by Wally Lamb
  • “Breath, Eyes, Memory” by Edwidge Danticat
  • “Black and Blue” by Anna Quindlen
  • “Here on Earth” by Alice Hoffman
  • “Paradise” by Toni Morrison


  • “A Map of the World” by Jane Hamilton
  • “Vinegar Hill” by A. Manette Ansay
  • “River, Cross My Heart” by Breena Clarke
  • “Tara Road” by Maeve Binchy
  • “Mother of Pearl” by Melinda Haynes
  • “White Oleander” by Janet Fitch
  • “The Pilot’s Wife” by Anita Shreve
  • “The Reader” by Bernhard Schlink
  • “Jewel” by Bret Lott


  • “House of Sand and Fog” by Andre Dubus III
  • “Drowning Ruth” by Christina Schwarz
  • “Open House” by Elizabeth Berg
  • “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver
  • “While I Was Gone” by Sue Miller
  • “The Bluest Eyes” by Toni Morrison
  • “Back Roads” by Tawni O’Dell
  • “Daughter of Fortune” by Isabelle Allende
  • “Gap Creek” by Robert Morgan


  • “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry
  • “The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen
  • “Cane River” by Lalita Tademy
  • “Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail” by Malika Oufkir
  • “Icy Sparks” by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
  • “We Were The Mulvaneys” by Joyce Carol Oates


  • “Sula” by Toni Morrison
  • “Fall on Your Knees” by Ann-Marie MacDonald


  • “East of Eden” by  John Steinbeck
  • “Cry, The Beloved Country” by Alan Paton


  • “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez
  • “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers
  • “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy
  • “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck

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  • “A Million Little Pieces” by James Frey
  • “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner
  • “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner
  • “A Light in August” by William Faulkner


  • “Night” by Elie Wiesel


  • “The Measure of a Man” by Sidney Poitier
  • “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy
  • “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel García Márquez
  • “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett


  • “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle
  • “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski


  • “Say You’re One of Them” by Uwem Akpan


  • “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen
  • “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens
  • “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens

2012 (Oprah’s Book Club 2.0)

  • “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed
  • “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Ayana Mathis


  • “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd (this selection was actually announced in 2013, but the book was not published until 2014).


  • “Ruby” by Cynthia Bond


  • “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
  • “Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle Melton


  • “Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue


  • “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones
  • “The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Ray Hinton
  • “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

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