10 Best Oprah Book Club Selections

Shakespeare used more than 20,000 words in his plays which display a knowledge of law, medicine, history and the ways of the court in addition to a deep understanding of human nature. But where did he learn all this? Shakespeare never went to any school or university. At best he might have attended the grammar school which could hardly impart this much knowledge to him.

What are some of the modern baby names chosen over the last few years? Some of them might surprise you. Names like Azaia and Aven are unique names to bestow on a child. What about Fame, Flavor, or Farmer? There’s also Niessa, Grey, and Freedom. Some names have to do with places or things, like Mirage, Waterfall or Harlem – or Height, if you’re looking for something really interesting. Perhaps one of the most modern baby names of the last few years is Abcde (pronounced AB-see-dee).

One day, Hou Yi visited his friends in Mount Kunlun and he was lucky to run across the Empress of Heaven Wangmu. Wangmu presented to him a parcel of elixir to praise his contribution of shooting suns. The elixir can help one ascend immediately to heaven and become a celestial being. Hou Yi gave the elixir to his wife Chang E to keep. When Chang E hid the parcel in her treasure box, it was seen by Peng men.

CC: It’s hard to label the scene, especially for hip-hop. The West Coast and East Coast have these iconic rappers and conjure very specific sounds. The Midwest has famous artists from Chicago and Detroit, but there’s so much outside of these cities. It’s a place that’s very open to various musical styles and fans adore artists. Your favorite act doesn’t roll through the Midwest as often as L.A. or New York, so when they come, we make sure to show love and prove that we can go as hard as the rest of them.

CC: More than anything we try to tell stories. Some of our biggest influences are probably figuras retoricas. Musically, however we pull from a wide-range of artists. In hip-hop, Blu, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, the Seattle scene, and Kendrick Lamar come to mind.

I will not lie to you, this book is depressing (though it is not the most depressing novel on the list). While certainly not an uplifting read, Dubus has managed to weave an interesting and complex story line about the lives of immigrants in America that is different from any offering I have seen before. The book was first published in 1999 and became an Oprah Book Club selection in 2000. The movie based on the book is also very good.

Though my genre tends to mystery/suspense, ala John D. MacDonald, Dean Koontz, or Clive Cussler, I quickly found myself embroiled in a world of illegal fight clubs beneath the streets of Manhattan. Much to my surprise, I liked it! Vaughn has a hell of a way with words. The characters and dialogue are enticing. I began to crave more of Vaughn’s world every day. And when I finished one book, I sought out the next, and the next. Yeah, I’m hooked, big time.

For more info: You can get Forgetfulness on Amazon.com or from the publisher, FC2. Warning: There’s another Michael Mejia who seems to have written a lot of books about testosterone and steroids. That’s not the right one.

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