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Living Oprah

My One-year Experiment to Walk the Walk of the Queen of Talk

Okrant, Robyn

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Living Oprah
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What happens when a thirty-five-year-old average American woman spends one year following every piece of Oprah Winfrey's advice on how to "live your best life"? Robyn Okrant devoted 2008 to adhering to all of Oprah's suggestions and guidance delivered via her television show, her Web site, and her magazine. This is a month-by-month account of that year. Some of the challenges included enrollment in Oprah's Best Life Challenge for physical fitness and weight control, living vegan, and participating in Oprah's Book Club. After 365 days of living Oprah, Okrant reflects on the rewards won and lessons learned as well as the tolls exacted by the experiment.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Center Street, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1599952394
9781599952390
Branch Call Number: 791.45028092 O418L 2010
Characteristics: viii, 257 p. ;,24 cm

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Oprah Winfrey is a media mogul with far-reaching influence. What happens to your life when you take Oprah's word as law?


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Found this book interesting and entertaining. Not quite sure what she really learned from her year though. But it's worth a read.

May 28, 2011
  • itstartswithano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought this book was both an entertaining and interesting look at popular (consumer) culture, and how many of us allow our lives to be defined by the media.

hippyheart [a librarian on BiblioCommons] wrote on
Jun 29, 2010:

I was left wondering just what was gained by this experiment other than a book!

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hippyheart, as of Oct 5, 2010, BiblioCommons and Library Journal and Publishers Weekly's book reviews are available and that summarize the book and the journey.

Before I even found this item in the library catalogue, I had read a small write up in Canada's Maclean's magazine and it mentioned that by the author following *everything* that Oprah said, doing things such as working out n # of hours each day or week, or reading everything she said to read, it interfered with the author living her life, and this is what the 2 available reviews on BiblioCommons are saying as well.

And although I haven't read the book, there are viewers that might place Oprah just below, equal, or even above God...religious or not. That's a really powerful place of influence. The last time I went to her IMDb page, which was at least 2 years ago, there were comments of how a certain percentage or amount of the show ended up (wasted) with the audience applauding each time after Oprah said something. There were people bantering on how Oprah was "too powerful" with her talk show, and another member that said otherwise was underestimating the power of TV and Oprah's influence. i.e. I remember there was even a TV news report by CTV about how Oprah was ending her book club. The book store sales woman they talked to felt that Toni Morrison, who won a Nobel Prize for her book Beloved, felt Oprah's backing of her book had been stronger.

Jun 29, 2010
  • hippyheart rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I was left wondering just what was gained by this experiment other than a book!

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