New Oprah Book Club pick: 'Say You're One of Them' by Uwem Akpan

say-youre-one-of-them_lOprah Winfrey announced her new Book Club selection today and the choice, as many had predicted, is Uwem Akpan’s debut story collection, Say You’re One of Them. EW critic Jennifer Reese had named Say You’re One of Them, made up of five fictional accounts of modern Africa from the point of view of child protagonists, as her top fiction title of last year. “The book should be depressing, but the blazing humanity of the characters and the brilliance of Akpan’s artistry make this one of the year’s most exhilarating reads,” Reese wrote in her review. Expect Akpan, a charismatic Nigerian-born Jesuit priest, to make a striking impression on Oprah’s audience — and to echo the host’s long-standing interest in the often strife-torn continent; she has already built two schools for South African youth.

The selection is another windfall for Akpan’s publisher, Hachette, which is already flush from the success of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series as well as this week’s publication of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s memoir, True Compass. A spokeswoman for Hachette’s Little, Brown confirms that it’s releasing 650,000 copies of an Oprah edition of Say You’re One of Them.

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  • Samantha

    Oprah winfrey needs to Retire.She needs to end her Talk show.We need someone new like LaToya Jackson.I like her.Shes a great young woman.I like to see her on Tv with her own Talk show in 2010.I Remember LaToya Jackson in her Brother michaels Video back in 1988.The Way you make me feel.That was a great video back then.

  • ryry

    What- not the new Kathy Griffin Book???

    • madduxfan

      You are right–Oprah and Gail totally overlooked that one!

  • KB

    Latoya Jackson!!??!! Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! First of all, she is not young. Second of all, what talent does she have? Third, she seems to be somewhat deranged. Fourth, I can’t envision her having a lucid conversation with anyone.

    How in god’s name could she EVER be considered a potential talk show host? Talk about a train-wreck of a idea!

    Good one there Latoya!

  • maiv

    I thumbed through this at the store. It seems interesting and I think I may give it a try soon.

  • LP

    I bought this book about a year ago. I have read some of the stories, but I have to take them slowly. They are beautiful, but brutal. The story set in Rwanda that gives the book its title is the best, in my opinion. I think it was a wonderful choice for Oprah.

  • Lauren

    I think it’s funny that you linked to your earlier post under the guise “as many had predicted”. If many means 3 to you, well ok, I’ll go with it. But what can you expect when your blog doesn’t have the sexy, snappy, crackle of PopWatch.

    • Mir

      I read several articles that predicted this to be Oprah’s next pick. Certainly more than three. You should read more before you try to shoot people down.

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