The Oprah’s Book Club controversy, explained

In the more than two decades since Oprah’s Book Club began in 1996, the program has faced its share of controversies. There was the time, in 2001, that Jonathan Franzen publicly threw a fit over his new novel being selected. There was the great sales flop of 2010, when the club disastrously picked two Charles Dickens books to the utter disinterest of its audience. And, most memorably of all, there was the A Million Little Pieces scandal of 2006, when Winfrey revealed she’d been “duped” by the purported memoir, and took the author to task on her show for “[betraying] millions of readers” with his “lies.”



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