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The Oprah Book Club List contains many quality choices for book clubs. The Oprah Winfrey Book Club began in 1996 with a discussion of The Deep End of the Ocean, a novel by Jacqueline Mitchard. The book club ran for fourteen years, until 2010.

Oprah’s book club has made numerous otherwise unknown authors famous over the years, and to be featured on her show meant instant success. When Oprah chose a book, readers all over North America bought the book and participated in her online book club, pushing sales of titles that had previously only sold a few thousand copies into the millions.

Wally Lamb comes immediately to mind as one of the first to become a literary superstar as a direct result of Oprah  featuring two of his titles–She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much is True.

Oprah’s Book Club was arguably one the most well known book clubs in North America. Such an active and public book club may not have appealed to everyone, but her choices were inclusive and as far as book club lists go, Oprah’s is one of the best, as she has chosen many books of excellent quality.

You will find the complete Oprah Book Club List below, with links to the Oprah book club archive and her features on each author.

Oprah Book Club List 1996-2010


Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens



Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan



The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle



The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier



Night by Elie Wiesel



A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

Light in August by William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner



The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez



Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton

East of Eden by John Steinbeck



Sula by Toni Morrison

Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald



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



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 Eye by Toni Morrison

Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

Gap Creek by Robert Morgan



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



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



The Best Way to Play by Bill Cosby

The Treasure Hunt by Bill Cosby

The Meanest Thing to Say by Bill Cosby

A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons

Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. 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



The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard


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