Oprah's Book Club Selection: The Best of Picks or the Worst of Picks?

Kim Conte

a tale of two cities

Many ardent readers look to Oprah and her famous book club as a way to discover new writers and hot releases -- which may be why a few of her fans are a little disappointed in her latest selection(s): A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, both by Charles Dickens. These critics complain that, far from being trendy, modern, and at the top of the bestsellers list, these two novels are tried-and-true classics that most of us first came into contact with way back on our high school reading lists.

But if you were anything like me in high school, then likely a refresher wouldn't hurt. Plus, I don't have to tell you that these books are fantastic and timeless. After all, Oprah doesn't make her selections lightly. And this isn't the first time she's kicked it old school. Consider: Anna Karenina, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and East of Eden.

What do you think of Oprah's new book club selection?

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