Oprah's California library

Photo: Björn Wallander

In Oprah's library at her California home, an African-American doll takes pride of place on the sofa, and two paintings by Harry Roseland (Rent Day and The Writing Lesson) flank the doorway.

Photo: Jonny Valiant

A trio of daguerreotypes—early photographs on silver plates—adorns the mantel.

Photo: Jonny Valiant

"Standing Woman with Pleated Skirt," a 1926 sculpture by French-American artist Gaston Lachaise, presides over copies of Poems of Black Africa, Arnold Adoff's Slow Dance Heart Break Blues, and And So I Sing, a book about African-American opera divas. 

Art © The Lachaise Foundation
Library mantel

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Thomas Hart Benton's famous 1945 painting, Back from the Fields, hangs above the mantel. Two books exploring the artist's work sit on the table below.

Art © T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by Vaga, New York, New York
Design books

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 A selection of books on fashion designers and photographers. Oprah's collection has grown to include scores of gorgeous coffee-table books. "There are a lot of fun books in there, which makes it a functioning library for everyday reading," says Oprah's book dealer Kinsey Marable.

Get a closer look at the books on Oprah's bookshelves