Oprah's 10 Favorite Books from the Past Decade
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Discover the Power Within You
By Eric Butterworth
256 pages; HarperOne
Advice from the internationally known spiritual teacher.
Oprah's next pick: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
316 pages; Plume
There's a reason Oprah picked this for her Book Club in 2008—and that she gave audience members Post-it pens along with their copies. So much wisdom, so little time! A real-life guide to living your best life.
Oprah's next pick: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
576 pages; Harper Perennial
This novel is about a family embroiled in the political turmoil of postcolonial Africa. It established Kingsolver as one of our wisest observers of history, politics, and human nature.
Oprah's next pick: Night by Elie Wiesel
120 pages; Hill and Wang
A memoir of a childhood suffered in concentration camps during the Holocaust. It's horrific but uplifting. "I gain courage from his courage," Oprah says.
Oprah's next pick: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
624 pages; Vintage
A Dickensian novel about India during the Emergency. Like the aftermath of September 11, it teaches us about cultures we haven't understood. "It takes us out of our own little shell and exposes us to a whole other world out there," Oprah says.
Oprah's next pick: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
608 pages; Penguin
This classic is about good and evil as played out in a late-19th-century California ranch family. If you didn't read it in high school, read it now. If you did, reread it!
Oprah's next pick: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
576 pages; HarperCollins
A kind of Hamlet on the prairie, this is the wrenching story of a mute boy and his dog. Oprah compares it to East of Eden and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Oprah's next pick: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
973 pages; Penguin
About the challenges of building cathedrals in 12th-century England, this novel couldn't be more different in setting, time, and plot from the author's breakthrough success, Eye of the Needle. Oprah declares it simply "great."
Oprah's next pick: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
224 pages; Penguin
How to choose among the great Morrison's novels? Start with this one about a girl who thinks she has to have blue eyes to be beautiful. Oprah considers it one of the best in a crowded Morrison field.
Oprah's next pick: The Known World by Edward P. Jones
400 pages; HarperCollins
When this book was published in 2003, it shocked everybody with its depiction of slave-owning blacks before the Civil War. A daring, unusual examination of race.