Oprah’s Dog Days?

Sharp-eyed Jeffrey Gegner, Popular Materials Specialist at Hennepin County noticed a blind listing on both B&T and Ingram, for a new Oprah Book Club Selection (“Oprah Book Club #62”), scheduled for 9/15. As Jeffrey points out, only a hardcover and a large print edition are listed:


  • Harpercollins 
  • 9780061768064 
  • $25.95

Large Type

  • HarperLuxe
  • 9780061768088 
  • $25.95

This suggests a recent title, not yet available in paperback (unusual; after her first pick, Oprah’s stuck to titles available in trade paperback). Jeffrey wonders if the pick might be The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (published by Ecco, a division of HarperCollins). That seems like a strong possibility, given Oprah’s love of dogs and the recent death of her own beloved cocker spaniel.

It would be refreshing if Oprah returned to fiction for the Book Club after her detour into spiritual self help, a category strong on HarperCollins lists. Perhaps a spiritual quest novel, like Paulo Coelho’s Brida, which is also available only in hardcover and large type?

That’s where I place my bet. Are we on, Jeffrey?

6 Responses to “Oprah’s Dog Days?”

  1. Robin Says:

    Could it possibly be “The Art of Racing in the Rain”? I always thought this title seemed Oprahesque.

  2. Nora Rawlinson Says:

    Good thought; “The Art of Racing in the Rain” fits all the criteria — from an imprint of HarperCollins and not yet available in paperback.

  3. Denise Engel Says:

    I hope it will be Edgar Sawtelle. We’ll have to wait and see.

  4. Marie Says:

    How about The Lace Reader? That could be right up her alley.

  5. jody berman Says:

    I entered the ISBN in my library systems website and abebooks and there was no listing for the above ISBNs. Any i\other sleuthing ideas?

  6. jody berman Says:

    What about The Given Day by Dennis Lehane?