"Adolescence marks a time of rapid and intense emotional and physical changes. There is an increased value placed on peer acceptance and approval, and a heightened attention to external influences and social messages about cultural norms." - from the journal Adolescent Health (NASW)O, The Oprah Magazine encourages confident, intelligent women to reach for their dreams, express their individual style and make choices, guided by the values of one of the most charismatic women in the world. With an emphasis on personal growth, the magazine inspires, addressing every aspect of a woman's life-the material, the intellectual and the emotional.
Just who is this charismatic woman, O Editorial Director Oprah Winfrey, and why does she matter? The answer is of great value to many young women. With adolescence being such a turbulent, challenging period, the latest Oprah biography is this week's pick for Young People's Pavilion.
Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy, by Deborah Davis, is a true gem.
The Oprah Winfrey Show came to an end on May 25, 2011, after 25 years on television. Arguably the most influential television personality of all time, Ms. Winfrey and her show have had an impact on American culture that cannot be overstated. This beautifully illustrated book explores and celebrates the legacy of the show using essays and tributes from a stellar group of contributors including Maya Angelou, Bono, Ellen DeGeneres, Nelson Mandela, Toni Morrison, Julia Roberts, Maria Shriver, Gloria Steinem, John Travolta, and more. The book features photographs from the Harpo archive, spanning the 25 years the show has been on the air, including the farewell season.
Deborah Davis is the author of Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X (Tarcher/Putnam, 2003), Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball (Wiley, 2006), The Secret Lives of Frames: 100 Years of Art and Artistry (Filipacchi Publishing, 2007), Gilded: How Newport Became the Richest Resort in America (Wiley, 2009), and the upcoming Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner that Shocked a Nation.
Essays within the book are dedicated to different themes (e.g., personal growth, social action, and literature) and explore how the show has touched people’s lives and impacted the conversation around those issues. The essays are followed by narrative text, which guide the reader through the history of the show’s involvement with each topic and will include stories about the events, people, and organizations that have acted as touchstones or provided insights along the way. Accompanying the essays and narrative text are images from the show, behind-the-scenes photographs, as well as signature portraits of the contributing celebrities taken by noted photographers.
The book allows Oprah Winfrey Show fans to understand the broad cultural impact of the show, while revisiting favorite guests, episodes, and stories.
USA Today called Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy:
“A lavish and loving tribute to the television personality, icon, and philanthropist makes a powerful case for Oprah’s centrality and influence on American culture. . . . The book shines when it . . . gives us, in its gorgeous photographs, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the empty studio, the primping process (with no fewer than three makeup artists), and the vast army of producers and writers behind Oprah’s magic. ... A big, glossy paean to the queen of talk . . . A chance to relive the first twenty-five years of ‘aha’ moments.”