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Oprah's latest pick; Is it "Freedom"?

Freedom The announcement isn't due until Friday, but several (unidentified) booksellers are telling the Associated Press that Oprah Winfrey's next book club selection is Jonathan Franzen's Freedom.

Guess all is forgiven on Oprah's part, if the report is true. Franzen, you may remember, made a few disparaging marks about his last novel, The Corrections, sporting that "Oprah's Book Club" sticker - which most writers would kill to have on their books, considering how it affects sales. AP reminds us he called some of her picks "schmaltzy." Which is absolutely, though not always, true. Joyce Carol Oates' We Were the Mulvaneys was an Oprah pick, and that's about as harrowing a family story as you'll read.

In any case, despite the ridiculous backlash against it, Freedom probably doesn't need Oprah's seal of approval anyway. The novel hit no. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list this week. And if it does turn out to be Oprah's pick, that makes Franzen the only author to have a book on the list twice.

And Franzenites? You can see the author at this fall's Miami Book Fair International. Stay tuned for details.

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