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Title:
Oprah Winfrey : a twentieth-century life
ISBN:
9780670061624
Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2007.
Physical Description:
204 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
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1110 L Lexile
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Summary

Summary

Oprah Winfrey has been called the Queen of All Media for good reason--during her more than thirty-year career, she has left an indelible mark on radio, television, film, theater, magazines, and books. Oprah is also a committed humanitarian.


Author Notes

Ilene Cooper is the children's books editor at Booklist and the author of over twenty books for young readers,including Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy.


Reviews 4

Horn Book Review

(Middle School) Not your average biographies, these first four entries in the Up Close series are meaty fare, sure to satisfy middle-school readers (even reluctant ones) looking for something more than a hero portrait. Most riveting is the Cash volume. Following along with Neimark's account is a lot like rubbernecking: readers witness ""the quintessential outsider with the staggering voice, the occasional chip on his shoulder, and enough songs to wear out a guitar"" skidding out of control into drug addiction. Cooper recounts Winfrey's meteoric rise from hard-knock childhood (sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, absent mother) to TV stardom, while still making room for critics' comments on her ""bottomless ego"" and ""conspicuous display of wealth."" Aronson ably spells out the social and political conflicts of America in the 1950s and 1960s before asking, ""Was Kennedy a priest in politician's clothing?"" Or vice versa? The least accessible of the bunch is Levine's Rachel Carson. Carson's not a marquee name, and the book's early chapters get bogged down with details on her college years, but the excerpts from the environmentalist's lyrical writings are a sheer pleasure to read. Honest and engaging, all four volumes include forewords explaining what drew each author to the subject, as well as indexes, source notes, bibliographies, and black-and-white photographs. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Editor's note: It is Booklist policy that a book written or edited by a staff editor receive a brief descriptive announcement rather than a review. Oprah Winfrey has been called the Queen of All Media for good reason-during her more than thirty-year career, she has left an indelible mark on radio, television, film, theater, magazines, and books. Winfrey is also a committed humanitarian. But while everyone has heard of Winfrey, not everyone is familiar with the facts of her life. Cooper focuses on the personal story, showing us a woman who, despite early difficulties, turned her life around completely with the help of her concerned father. Winfrey has been very outspoken about her struggles and also about her belief in herself, and Oprah Winfrey, part of the Up Close series, draws extensively on her own words.-- Copyright 2007 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Cooper discusses her subject's early traumatic and dramatic experiences. She shows how a poor, abused, bright child from Mississippi overcame her past, becoming perhaps the most influential woman in America. Much of the book focuses on Winfrey's work and philanthropy, concluding with the Oprah Winfrey Leadership School for Girls in South Africa. Average-quality black-and-white photos are included. This well-documented, easy-to-read biography is a good resource for reports.-Sarah Krygier, Solano County Library, Fairfield, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Cooper tackles one of the richest and most famous women in the world, recounting her complicated life and extraordinary history with honesty and clarity. She was poor; she moved between her mother, her father and her grandmother; she was sexually abused; and she bore a child that died. She was also very smart, loved the spotlight--in which she excelled at speaking--and made the most of opportunity. This comfortably sized volume makes excellent use of many quotes from interviews, Oprah's own writing and, of course, her television show. Her personal struggles are not simplified nor are her remarkable public acts of philanthropy and care over-exaggerated: She hosts a talk show indeed, but she also writes, speaks, acts and makes good things happen. Sure to find a rapt audience. (source notes, extensive bibliography) (Biography. 10-14) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


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