Oprah Winfrey couldn’t decide on just one selection for her popular book club. So she picked seven.
Citing the nonstop news over the upcoming presidential election and the Covid-19 pandemic, Winfrey unveiled a list of seven books that she turns to when she needs comfort and inspiration, the Associated Press reports.
“I know it’s hard to focus on anything right now because we’re so distracted by the roar of the news and the steady hum of our own anxiety,” Winfrey wrote on Instagram. “So for the next six weeks over at @oprahsbookclub, I’ll be spotlighting a curated list of seven books I cherish for their ability to comfort, inspire, and enlighten me. Let’s help each other through these times with the help of these books.”
The list includes one novel, Toni Morrison’s classic Song of Solomon, and two poetry collections, Mary Oliver’s Devotions and the anthology When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, edited by Joy Harjo.
The rest of the list is made up of nonfiction books: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me and Jon Meacham’s The Soul of America: The Battle For Our Better Angels.
Winfrey will discuss the books in detail on her Instagram account over the coming weeks.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.