Questions for Thursday, January 17

Reflecting on the book chapter we looked at for today, think about these questions:

1. When you think of an “Oprah” book (or books popular with book clubs), what comes to mind?

2. What kind of reading experience did she present to her viewers? What did she say her audience would get out of reading the books she chose?

3. How does that reading experience differ from the reading people do in English courses at school?

4. What made people want to read a book chosen by Oprah? What value does it add to the reading experience?

5. Why did Jonathan Franzen object to the Oprah label on his novel, The Corrections?

6. What do you take away from the James Frey affair? How did Oprah’s perspective on Frey’s book change?

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