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        Word of Mouth
is an association founded to enable women authors to provide one another with friendship and professional support.  We have no hierarchy, no president or vice-president, and no membership fees or dues.   We meet to discuss our work and share our experiences as writers.

        On April 20, 2005, Word of Mouth presented a letter to Oprah Winfrey thanking her for her contribution to contemporary fiction, and asking her to consider focusing, once again, on contemporary fiction in her Book Club.  This website was created to allow all interested writers to join us in support of the letter.


Information on the Oprah Winfrey Book Club




's Book Club began in 1996 and stopped temporarily in 2002.  From 1996 to 2002, the book club championed a wide variety of contemporary fiction, introducing debut novels by promising young authors, while also featuring works by some of America's best known and most cherished writers.  

After its hiatus, Oprah
's Book Club resumed in 2003 with a focus on Great Books.  In its new form, the book club has invited readers to tackle classics of American literature such as John Steinbeck's East of Eden; The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers; and the The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize.

         The club's Great Books series also has encouraged Americans to venture beyond American literature.  Selected novels include Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy; One Hundred Years of Solitude by Nobel Prize Laureate and contemporary Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez;  and Cry, the Beloved Country, the searing portrait of apartheid by South African writer Alan Paton.





List of Featured Contemporary Authors


Isabel Allende, Daughter of Fortune

Maya Angelou, The Heart of a Woman

A. Manette Ansay, Vinegar Hill

Elizabeth Berg, Open House

Maeve Binchy, Tara Road

Christopher Bohjalian, Midwives

Breena Clarke, River, Cross My Heart

Pearl Cleage, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day

Bill Cosby, Meanest Thing to Say; Treasure Hunt; and

                Best Way to Play (for beginning readers)

Edwidge Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory

Andre Dubus, House of Sand and Fog

Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections

Earnest J. Gaines, A Lesson before Dying

Kaye Gibbons, Ellen Foster and A Virtuous Woman

Jane Hamilton, The Book of Ruth and Map of the World

Melinda Haynes, Mother of Pearl

Ursula Hegi, Stones from the River

Alice Hoffman, Here on Earth

Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

Wally Lamb, I Know This Much Is True and She's Come Undone

Billie Letts, Where the Heart Is

Bret Lott, Jewel

Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall on Your Knees

Sue Miller, While I Was Gone

Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance

Jacquelyn Mitchard, Deep End of the Ocean

Robert Morgan, Gap Creek

Mary McGarry Morris, Songs in Ordinary Time

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye; Sula; Song of Solomon; and Paradise

Joyce Carol Oates, We Were the Mulvaneys

Tawni O'Dell, Back Road

Malika Oufkir, Stolen Lives:  Twenty Years in a Desert Jail (memoir)

Anna Quindlen, Black and Blue

Sheri Reynolds, Rapture of Canaan

Gwyn Hyman Rubio, Icy Sparks

Bernhard Schlink, The Reader

Christina Schwarz, Drowning Ruth

Anita Shreve, The Pilot's Wife

Lalita Tademy, Cane River




Great Books Picks



Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country

John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina




General Website and Contact Information  

        If you wish to contact Word of Mouth about the letter to Oprah Winfrey or about our organization, please e-mail Caroline Leavitt, Roxana Robinson or Paula Sharp at  [email protected].   (If clicking on the e-mail hyperlink doesn't work on your computer, just use your regular e-mail system and send your message to this address.)  Send questions or comments as text messages and without attachments, and please use a subject heading on your e-mail.


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