Jones, Jen. Oprah Winfrey
Enslow 2010 128p 31.93
978-0-7660-3406-8 ms/hs Winfrey, Oprah VG-BNS Celebrities with Heart(Enslow)
A biography of American media personality Oprah Winfrey that discusses her childhood, early television career, popular show, charitable work, and other related topics.
In a recent poll nominating the greatest Americans, Oprah Winfrey was named to a top ten spot. After reading Jones’ biography of the vivacious talk show host and philanthropist, it is easy to see why. Winfrey triumphed over poverty and child abuse to rise to the pinnacle of success in her career. With that success came the largess and philanthropy for which she is widely known and admired. Jones traces Winfrey’s life from her birth and her misspelled first name to Winfrey’s decision to end her show in 2011, and everything Oprah in between. The astounding success of her talk show enabled her to establish Oprah’s Angel Network and to fund schools in Africa. She has used her show to promote literature and has launched the careers of well known personalities who first guested on her show. While the primary focus is on Winfrey’s successes and influence, Jones also covers the low points in Winfrey’s career such as the scandal surrounding her school in Africa and lawsuit brought against her by the beef industry. The conversational style makes for an entertaining read and photographs add to the text. A chronology is included as are detailed chapter notes, information for further research and an index. Zajko, Rosanne