Oprah’s New Book Club Gets ‘Wild’

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Oprah Winfrey's book club is back -- and it's getting an update for 2012. The former Queen of Talk and current OWN head honcho has rebooted her famous book club, but this time it has gone digital.

Oprah recently announced the new club via her website, saying, "This is way different from the old book club."

"I was reading this book. As a real book. Holding up the book. I was on the edge of my seat reading the book and I was like, 'Where is The Oprah Winfrey Show when you need to announce and tell everybody about this book? I need the book club,'" Oprah said in the video message.

And voila -- a new book club was born!

Oprah's Book Club 2.0 will be a joint venture between Oprah's OWN network and O Magazine. The new book club launches online this week, and the first summer read is Cheryl Strayed's powerful memoir, "Wild."

Of course, Oprah's first book club incarnation had a little bit of experience with a memoir.

Back in 2006, James Frey's memoir about drug addiction, "A Million Little Pieces," made headlines after Oprah chose it for her club. When Oprah later found out some parts of the book were fictional, she invited the author to her show for a book club bashing.

Frey, who was under the impression that the book discussion would be about "the flexible definition of the truth," later said, "I remember coming out and sitting down and almost immediately feeling steamrolled."

Oprah made amends with Frey on a two-part "Oprah Winfrey Show" interview five years later, but the incident forever tainted the author's reputation.

But it's a new era and a new memoir. Cheryl Strayed's book takes readers on the author's 1100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, where she faces Mother Nature, rattlesnakes, black bears, and her fears.

Of Strayed's memoir, Oprah said, "This book is about being brave when you didn't think you could be."

Special digital editions of the book can be purchased for any e-reader such as Nook, Kindle, and iPad, and will include special Book Club 2.0 features including links to Oprah's personal notes about her favorite passages.

Conversations about the book will take place on Facebook and Twitter, where readers can tweet their thoughts about "Wild" using the hashtag #oprahsbookclub.

And although Oprah no longer has a daily talk show, she does own a TV network, so there will be a television component to the club, as well. Book clubbers can stay tuned for an interview with author Cheryl Strayed on July 22 at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN's "Super Soul Sunday."

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