It has been a very busy few weeks over here at BookFinds. To start, I was in the audience for Oprah’s Season Premiere and was part of the monumental show in which Oprah announced she was taking her entire audience to Austraaaaaaliaa! Yes, you heard that right. I am going to Australia for ten days with Ms. O and her audience of Ultimate Viewers. I make no secret of my love for The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Oprah Book Club in particular. I have read every single title and they have each had such a tremendous impact on my life at the time I was reading them. Well, sticking to that devotion, I am now reading Jonathan Franzen’s FREEDOM and have to say it might be one of the best books I have read all year! It questions how we look at our own freedom and challenges the belief that freedom is the path to happiness. I highly recommend you pick up this book because it will change the way you look at your world and make you see things in a completely different light. It is also a beautiful exploration into the way an ordinary life is actually extraordinary.
And finally, there was an interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal about the perceived stigma of paperback originals. The writer points out that one book, in particular, that could change the way we look at paperback originals is David Nicholls critically acclaimed ONE DAY which was released in the US as a paperback original and has gone on to sell incredibly well.