The Complete List of Books Chosen for Oprah's Book Club

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Oprah's Book Club is a cultural force. Books that might otherwise be overlooked by the general public catapult onto the bestseller lists after being selected. The so-called "Oprah Effect" is estimated to have sold more than 60 million copies of the Book Club's selections, and it's made several authors into household names.

It goes without saying that authors would cheerfully kill to have their books make the list, but don't bother submitting one for consideration. Oprah Winfrey is personally and solely in charge of selecting her Book Club's books, and her decisions are reportedly based on what she likes and what has moved her. Her producers nonetheless receive literally hundreds upon hundreds of books and manuscripts every week as writers beg for consideration. It's said that she doesn't comb through them looking for one that strikes her fancy. Rather, she reads something and thinks, "This is great" and includes the work. 

Oprah's Book Club has been credited with reviving a culture of literary discussion, and it represents one of the most lasting legacies from the original "Oprah Winfrey Show". The original book club took a hiatus for a period of time when "The Oprah Winfrey Show" went off the air, then it was revived as Oprah's Book Club 2.0 in 2012 and is now based on Winfrey's OWN network.

Oprah's Book Club Novels by Year of Selection

1996

  • "The Book of Ruth" by Jane Hamilton
  • "Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison
  • "The Deep End of the Ocean" by Jacquelyn Mitchard

1997

  • "The Meanest Thing to Say" by Bill Cosby
  • "The Treasure Hunt" by Bill Cosby
  • "The Best Way to Play" by Bill Cosby
  • "Ellen Foster" by Kaye Gibbons
  • "A Virtuous Woman" by Kaye Gibbons
  • "A Lesson Before Dying" by Ernest 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

1998

  • "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

1999

  • "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

2000

  • "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 Eyes" by Toni Morrison
  • "Back Roads" by Tawni O'Dell
  • "Daughter of Fortune" by Isabelle Allende
  • "Gap Creek" by Robert Morgan

2001

  • "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

2002

  • "Sula" by Toni Morrison
  • "Fall on Your Knees" by Ann-Marie MacDonald

2003

2004

  • "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez
  • "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers
  • "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy
  • "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck

2005

  • "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey
  • "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner
  • "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner
  • "A Light in August" by William Faulkner

2006

2007

  • "The Measure of a Man" by Sidney Poitier
  • "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy
  • "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • "Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel García Márquez
  • "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett

2008

  • "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle
  • "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski

2009

  • "Say You're One of Them" by Uwem Akpan

2010

  • "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen
  • "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens
  • "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens

2012 (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

  • "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed
  • "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" by Ayana Mathis

2014

  • "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd (this selection was actually announced in 2013, but the book was not published until 2014).

2015

  • "Ruby" by Cynthia Bond

2016

  • "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
  • "Love Warrior" by Glennon Doyle Melton 

2017

  • "Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue

2018

  • "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones
  • "The Sun Does Shine" by Anthony Ray Hinton
  • "Becoming" by Michelle Obama