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11 Books to Read While You Wait for Oprah’s Memoir

Erica Nelson works in marketing at Hachette Book Group.

I’ve spent years reading Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine, scrolling through her website, and reading her book recommendations. Her advice on living your best life and the insights from her many friends have been invaluable in my quest to be my best self. When I heard that she was writing a memoir and now has her own publishing imprint with Flatiron Books, I was very pleased. While I wait for her new book to come out, I’ll be returning to some of her recommendations below.


The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
by Ayana Mathis
This emotionally transfixing novel set in 1923 is a searing portrait of a black woman who vows to prepare her children for the calamitous difficulties they are sure to face later in life in a world that will not be kind. This is an indelible encounter with the resilience of the human spirit and the driving force of the American dream.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Ayana Mathis

This debut of extraordinary distinction tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family. Beautiful, devastating, and blazing with life, this novel is a searing portrait of surviving in the face of insurmountable adversity.

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What I Know For Sure
by Oprah Winfrey
These essays on joy, resilience, connection, and more offer a rare and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world’s most extraordinary women—while providing readers a guide to becoming their best selves.
What I Know For Sure
Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is Abbi’s hero. She has a tattoo of Oprah’s face on her lower back and an enormous Oprah poster hanging above her bed. So we feel pretty confident recommending a collection of Oprah’s beloved “What I Know For Sure” columns that she wrote monthly for O, The Oprah Magazine. Oprah’s reflections on joy, resilience, and gratitude all in one volume? Yes, Abbi would definitely have this on her bookshelf.

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Women Food and God
by Geneen Roth

Geneen Roth believes that the way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. In fact, it is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation, and, yes, even God.

Women Food and God
Geneen Roth

Geneen Roth believes that the way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. In fact, it is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation, and, yes, even God.

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Anger
by Thich Nhat Hanh

In one instant of anger, lives can be ruined and health and spiritual development can be destroyed. With exquisite simplicity, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh gives the tools and advice needed for transforming relationships, focusing energy, and rejuvenating ourselves.

Anger
Thich Nhat Hanh

In one instant of anger, lives can be ruined and health and spiritual development can be destroyed. With exquisite simplicity, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh gives the tools and advice needed for transforming relationships, focusing energy, and rejuvenating ourselves.

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Big Magic
by Elizabeth Gilbert
In BIG MAGIC, Elizabeth Gilbert shares her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration and how to live our most creative lives.
Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert

On Wendy’s wish list

I would like to start my new year with a shot of creativity and write more than email in 2017. Elizabeth Gilbert’s curious and compassionate exploration of creativity is just the inspiration I’m looking for.

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Ruby
by Cynthia Bond

An epic and unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her. Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, RUBY is a transcendent novel of passion and courage.

Ruby
Cynthia Bond

An epic and unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her. Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, RUBY is a transcendent novel of passion and courage.

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The Money Class
by Suze Orman

THE MONEY CLASS is filled with tools and advice that can take you from a place of financial fear to a place of financial security. Suze Orman shares everything you need to know about taking care of your family, your home, your career, and planning for retirement—no matter where you are in your life or where the economy is heading.

The Money Class
Suze Orman

THE MONEY CLASS is filled with tools and advice that can take you from a place of financial fear to a place of financial security. Suze Orman shares everything you need to know about taking care of your family, your home, your career, and planning for retirement—no matter where you are in your life or where the economy is heading.

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Positive Energy
by Judith Orloff

Dr. Judith Orloff teaches readers how to transform fatigue, stress, and fear into an abundance of vibrance, strength, and love. She shares ten essential prescriptions for boosting energy, improving relationships, and combating energy vampires.

Positive Energy
Judith Orloff

Dr. Judith Orloff teaches readers how to transform fatigue, stress, and fear into an abundance of vibrance, strength, and love. She shares ten essential prescriptions for boosting energy, improving relationships, and combating energy vampires.

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The Gifts of Imperfection
by Brené Brown

In THE GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION, Dr. Brené Brown shares what she’s learned from a decade of research about a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness and self-love.

The Gifts of Imperfection
Brené Brown

In THE GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION, Dr. Brené Brown shares what she’s learned from a decade of research about a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness and self-love.

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The Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle

In this word-of-mouth phenomenon, Eckhart Tolle helps readers leave their analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. It can help you to live in the present moment and avoid stressful and unproductive thoughts of the past or future.

The Power of Now
Eckhart Tolle

In this word-of-mouth phenomenon, Eckhart Tolle helps readers leave their analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. It can help you to live in the present moment and avoid stressful and unproductive thoughts of the past or future.

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Brave Enough
by Cheryl Strayed

From the bestselling author of WILD, this collection of quotes captures Cheryl Strayed’s wisdom, courage, and outspoken humor. Her honesty and ample supply of tough love has enabled many, even in their darkest hours, to be brave enough.

Brave Enough
Cheryl Strayed

From the bestselling author of WILD, this collection of quotes captures Cheryl Strayed’s wisdom, courage, and outspoken humor. Her honesty and ample supply of tough love has enabled many, even in their darkest hours, to be brave enough.

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