The Queen of Media Oprah Winfrey Turns 66 Today

The Queen of Media Oprah Winfrey Turns 66 Today

image via the atlantic Talk show host, actress, philanthropist, author, and overall Queen of Media Oprah Winfrey celebrates her 66th birthday today. Winfrey was born Jan. 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi to Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey. Her parents separated soon after her birth and she was left in the care of her maternal grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee. Winfrey moved around frequently as a child, bouncing from the urban, poor life of her mother to the safety of her father’s home.     Oprah says that her life was saved by her father. Her father was quite disciplined and had …

Audiobooks Sales Rise While Books Sales Fall

Audiobooks Sales Rise While Books Sales Fall

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While physical books might be going out of style, audiobook sales are on the up and up.   Image Via The Creative Penn   Within the last year Barnes and Nobles was sold, there’s been news here and there about independent book stores struggling like never before, and the debate about whether or not physical books are out style raging on, audiobooks are on the up and up.     Previously The Daily Beast wrote that “while only 24 percent of Americans say they listened to at least one audio book in 2016, the average listener in that category consumed …

These 5 Autobiographies Narrated by the Author are Perfect for the Beach!

These 5 Autobiographies Narrated by the Author are Perfect for the Beach!

When I think of summer reads, I think of the typical “chick-lit” with the hunky love interest and over-the-top romance. What I always forget about are the many other genres that are perfect to take off to the beach to read or even listen to while I quickly burn to a crisp. Over the last two years, autobiography has become one of my favorite genres, and I love listening to them – especially when they’re narrated by the authors. So here is my list of those perfect, inspiring autobiographies you need to be adding to your Audible or Libro.fm wishlist …

Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’ Wins Book of the Year at British Book Awards

Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’ Wins Book of the Year at British Book Awards

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On Monday evening Sally Rooney, the much-lauded twenty-eight-year-old Irish writer, won the Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, also known as the Nibbies, for her second novel Normal People. Normal People follows the relationship between two teenagers, Connell and Marianne, who attend the same secondary school. Connell is handsome and popular while Marianne is a regular loner, but both see beauty in the other. The novel twists and turns as the pair go off to Trinity College during which time Marianne becomes popular while this time it is Connell who struggles to fit in.   Image Via The Independent   The novel …

Obamas, Netflix to Produce Frederick Douglass Adaptation

Obamas, Netflix to Produce Frederick Douglass Adaptation

Want to Netflix and chill? Make sure you leave room for the Obamas. Netflix announced last year that Michelle and Barack Obama had entered into a multi-year agreement with the media giant, and they planned to release several substantial fiction and nonfiction films and series under the name Higher Ground Productions, the Obamas’ production company. Since the announcement, details on the actual content the Obamas are working on have been sparse, aside from Netflix’s promise that the freshman production duo will be producing entertainment for an international audience. Michelle and Barack Obama released plans yesterday to work on a feature-length …