The Oprah Winfrey Show

The Oprah Winfrey Show

Reflections on An American Legacy

Book - 2011
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This beautifully illustrated book explores and celebrate the legacy of the show using written contributions from a stellar group of public figures and images from notable photographers. The book features photographs from the Harpo archive, spanning the 25 years the show has been on the air, including the farewell season. The book allows Oprah Winfrey Show fans to understand the broad cultural impact of the show, while revisiting favourite guests, episodes, and stories.
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 2011.
ISBN: 9781419700590
Characteristics: 239 pages :,color illustrations, portraits (chiefly color) ;,36 cm.


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Jul 11, 2013

WARNING: THIS BOOK IS MASSIVE. If you don't like lugging around this thing, which is literally bigger than my head easily, then you may not like reading it. I understand it's got the feel of a coffee table book with all its visual appeals, but c'mon: A gigantic personality doesn't necessarily require a gigantic book. Unfortunately, despite its size, the contents aren't all that grandiose. This book isn't gonna teach anything new, but it is interesting in that it compiles articles penned by the famous and iconic about Lady O. It essentially deals with the many aspects that the show dealt with, from life-saving skills for women (e.g., self-defense) to beauty to sexual, mental, and physical health (e.g., the spread of AIDS through closeted husbands, cardiovascular disease and mad cow disease, the positives of veganism and menopause... the list is endless) to philanthropy (e.g., her work in Africa, New Orleans, and post-9/11) all the way to the razzle-dazzle of celebrity, explaining a little bit about her past along the way. There are lots of photos, but the biggest photographs (full-size, two page layout) stem from her last few shows, from getting ready in the make-up chair to walking out the exit. Final verdict: It's pretty to look at, but there's nothing here you couldn't find on a Wikipedia page.

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