Oprah Winfrey has chosen New York Times best-selling creator Ann Napolitano’s novel “Hello Beautiful” as her a hundredth e-book membership choice.
Winfrey introduced her selection first on “CBS Mornings” Wednesday, saying that the e-book’s relatable message made it a straightforward choose for her.
“It’s one of those choices where you feel like I can’t wait for everybody else to have a chance to get to know these characters,” Winfrey mentioned.
The novel focuses on sisterhood and in addition explores themes like grief, longing and love — and the way love can heal, Winfrey mentioned.
“I thought it was about grief and longing and love and how love can make you whole. It was about joy. It felt so much like the truth to me that I wanted to not only keep reading, but I had to slow myself down from reading. And this is when you know you’re in a good book,” mentioned Winfrey.
Napolitano mentioned the e-book pays homage to come-of-age traditional, “Little Woman” — though she didn’t initially got down to it to put in writing a tribute to the Louisa May Alcott novel.
“It was really the characters were comparing themselves to which March sister they were. And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, yeah, look at that. That makes sense,'” Napolitano mentioned.
“Hello Beautiful” marks a milestone for Winfrey’s e-book membership, which began in 1996. Winfrey mentioned she began the membership due to her love of books.
“When I was growing up, books were my friends. When I didn’t have friends, I had books. And one of the greatest pleasures I have right now in life is to be reading a really good book and to know I have a really, really good book after that book to read,” Winfrey mentioned in her first e-book membership phase on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” the place she would suggest books to her viewers and invite authors to debate their works.
Since then, Oprah’s Book Club has chosen dozens of books, starting from traditional literature to up to date fiction and non-fiction. It has additionally had a major influence on the publishing business with books chosen for the membership experiencing an enormous enhance in gross sales.
“Authors are my rock stars. You are my rock star,” Winfrey mentioned.