Two Oprah's Book Club members were selected to travel to California with Oprah for a tour of Steinbeck Country and join an all-star book discussion! Who are they, and how did they get picked? They're readers just like you—meet our first Book Club road-trippers, Cherie and Katrina!
Cherie Crain
The students and teachers from Wilbur Middle School in Wichita, Kansas nominated their principal Cherie to travel with us. Over a year ago, Cherie won a Steinbeck essay contest sponsored by her local newspaper. In it, she describes how East of Eden got her back on her feet after the devastating loss of her son Josh in 1980—a powerful story on how literature can heal a broken heart. Read why she says, 'It's the single most important thing I've ever read.'

Katrina Smith
Katrina can't believe she loved this book! Before reading East of Eden, she thought that classics were academic, not enjoyable. But a lukewarm beginning became a love affair halfway through the book. She says, "Mr. Steinbeck reached down and touched my soul." Read Katrina's letter and why her 'mind is still racing from having read this amazing piece of art.' "


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