Back in February of this year, Oprah announced on Twitter that she was working on adapting her Book Club pick An American Marriage to the big screen.
Bustle is reporting that the announcement has resurfaced recently with the novel’s author Tayari Jones retweeting Oprah’s original tweet and clarifying her enthusiasm. All of this suggests the project is moving forward in development.
An American Marriage is both a suspenseful romance and an exploration of a married life in shambles, seen through the lens of letters sent back and forth between a black man falsely convicted in prison and his wife on the outside who must carry on alone while dealing with the romantic interests of a longtime friend.
The Handmaid’s Tale has recently returned for a second season and I’ve heard only good things about it. I haven’t gotten the chance to catch up with it yet and if you haven’t either you should look away now. Especially if you haven’t seen “Holly”, the 11th episode of the second season.
According to Variety, in this season of Handmaid’s Tale the one and only Oprah Winfrey lent her voice to play a radio host whose broadcast takes Offred and June by surprise. And honestly it took us by surprise too. If there’s anyone we’ll always recognize, it’s Oprah. So how did these two worlds cross paths? Just by chance really. Bruce Miller who works on the hit show explains:
We’d heard Oprah was a fan of the show, and had a story idea, and thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful if… So we asked and she said yes, and it was a lovely, easy process… The radio segment she recorded was inspired by the free radio of the Allies from World War II. It was an absolute honor to have Oprah featured on the show, and especially thrilling as she was the one who presented us with the Emmy last year.
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The writers didn’t know they’d be creating work for Oprah, but when they found out they were absolutely delighted. “It gave me chills,” said Kira Snyder, the writer of the episode. We know it was merely a cameo appearance, but many would agree that it made a fantastic show even better.
Before Oprah’s famous book club, there was the Book of the Month Club. Quite possibly one of the oldest book subscription services, Book of the Month Club has been around since 1926 and has been providing the nation with top picks.
What you get: Readers get to pick one Book of the Month hardcover book of your choice from a list of titles picked by BOTM judges. Along with the book, readers get access to a discussion forum, like an online book club.
Cost: Monthly – $14.99
Yearly – $149.99 (~$12.50 per book)
Promo codes?: Yes! YESPLZ for a free extra book!
2. Introverts Retreat
For those who just like to spend a night in alone instead of heading out on the town, the Introverts Retreat box is perfect. The box is exactly what it sounds like, a personal retreat for introverts or others who just want their “me time” and a good book along with it.
What you get: Readers get to choose from four different boxes:
the regular box – includes a novel and three to four items
the luxe box – includes a novel and up to nine pamper-perfect items
the bath time box – includes a paperback novel, a bath bomb, bath salts, and a candle
the girl power! box – includes a book and three to four handpicked items for teens
Cost: $24.66 – $49.99
Promo codes?: Yes! 15% off any subscription when you sign ip for their email list.
3. Cozy Reader Club
One of the easiest ways to relieve stress is to unwind with a good book and Cozy Reader Club helps readers do just that. They supply subscribers with a new book every month along with four to six items ranging from coffee and tea to gourmet treats from across the US.
What you get: A monthly delivery of a book along with four to six handpicked items to help readers cozy up with their book from drinks like tea and hot chocolate to handmade items like a pair of socks.
Cost: $64.95 per month + shipping
Promo codes?: Nope 🙁
4. Once Upon A Book Club
Ever wanted to open up gifts while reading? Now you can! Once Upon A Book provides readers with a surprise book and three to five gifts to open when you reach the labeled corresponding page numbers, putting the story in reader’s hands.
What you get: Readers get one upcoming young adult novel along with three to five bookish items that fit the theme of the box, with items in past boxes ranging from scented wax melts to weekly planners. Each book also comes with an exclusive letter from the author along with a signed bookplate.
You’ve heard of the basic literary genres – fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, etc., but have you heard of Feghoot or furry sleuth? There are more to literary genres than the classics and here are some that you might’ve not known.
Sometimes known as CanLit or Canadiana, it’s exactly what you would expect it to be, Canadian literature. The sub genre is similar to Americana fiction, but with stories centered around Canada. The literature has been strongly influenced by international immigration with themes of the works surrounding ethnic minority, identity, duality, and cultural differences.
2. Coterie or Cult Novel
Not what you know typically as a cult novel or film, coterie novels offer a specific intellectual and elitist appeal. These novels are no beach reads but instead offer the reader an intense, challenging, and thoughtful reading experience. Books in this genre include the works of James Joyce.
A little bit on the controversial side, but Dickensian fiction is any story said to resemble those if Charles Dickens. Most authors described under this genre haven’t been as successful as its namesake. One notable work that can be described as being a Dickensian novel is Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch.
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4. Fake Memoir
Fake memoirs are exactly what they sound like. Fake memoirs can either be written and published as false to begin with or they can be exposed as partially or wholly false. An famous example of an exposed false memoir is James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces. Famously banished from Oprah’s Book Club, Oprah sent it to the New York Times bestseller list only to later reveal on national television that the book was highly embellished and mostly false.
A tiny yet distinct subgenera rooted in fan fiction, Feghoot fiction began as a series of science fiction pieces titled Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot. The pieces were usually only a few paragraphs long and always ended with a deliberately bad pun.
6. Cozy Mystery
Another oddly specific genre with its own format, cozy mysteries like Joanne Fluke’s Raspberry Danish Murderand Kelly Lane’s Dipped to Deathare typically set in a small town with a amateur female sleuth. The crimes in these mysteries are typically murders but they aren’t done by psychopaths or serial killers but instead by some member of the community. The sleuth usually has connections to the police force by a spouse, friend, etc. and they hold jobs that bring them into constant contact with others in their community.
7. Furry Sleuth
Similar to the cozy mysteries, furry sleuth mysteries feature a cat or dog as a principal investigator, very rarely is the protagonist a bird or reptile. Similarly to cozy mysteries, they take place in smaller communities with a similar cast of characters. Furry sleuth novels have some of the best titles including The Fast and the Furriestand Claws for Concern.
Oprah was, is, and probably always will be the queen of advice and lifestyle change, as well as the best gift-giver. However, behind every great woman is (oh yes) another strong, intelligent woman. For Oprah Winfrey it was the legendary Maya Angelou.
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The guru recently revealed that she’s turned to Angelou’s activism and written work for guidance through trials and tribulations. According to Cinema Blend, Winfrey discussed her feelings during Gwenyth Paltrow’s The Goop Podcast.
Every time I would get so upset about [gossip in the media], Maya would say, ‘Babe, you don’t have anything to do with that.’ I’d say, ‘But they’re saying, and it’s not true. You don’t know what it’s like when people are saying things about–‘… It’s been happening so long. She actually said, ‘Whoever’s sitting at the typewriter, they’re thinking, What can we say this week that’s going to sell some stories?’
Rumors that circulate regarding Winfrey’s thirty-year relationship with her partner Stedman have been a source of great stress for the actress, author and talk show host. There has always been speculation about about why they’ve never married or had children, however Winfrey struggles to understand the gossip surrounding their committed relationship. “It’s also why I stopped making as many public appearances with Stedman, because I realized that every time there’s a new photograph, there’s a new story.”
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It’s no wonder Winfrey turned to the late Maya Angelou for strength and advice. Angelou was someone who was sure of herself; she knew her path of life was all her own, not to be compared to others. Oprah seems to have followed that outlook when it comes to her decisions.
Nobody believes it, but it’s true. The only time I brought it up was when I said to Stedman, ‘What would have happened if we had actually gotten married?’ And the answer is: ‘We wouldn’t be together.’ We would not have stayed together, because marriage requires a different way of being in this world. His interpretation of what it means to be a husband and what it would mean for me to be a wife would have been pretty traditional, and I would not have been able to fit into that.
If there’s anyone who could remind us that we can make up our own rules, it’s Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou. Her work has encouraged us all to love in and out of time.