Winfrey’s new book club pick is by lifestyle coach Beck
Oprah Winfrey’s New Book Club Pick is a best-selling book by a Harvard-educated sociologist, sometimes referred to as Winfrey’s “life coach.”
It is also his first selection since 2019 that has not been announced in partnership with Apple.
Winfrey announced Tuesday that she had selected Martha Beck’s “The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self.” She was set to promote the selection on Tuesday night through an interview with the author on her monthly “The Life You Want Class” livestream, on OprahDaily.com. Beck has known Winfrey since the early 2000s and was a long-time contributor to O, Oprah magazine.
“For more than 15 years, I have looked to Martha Beck for her wisdom and marveled at how she helps people through the crises of their lives with such grace, insight and humor,” Winfrey said in a statement. “As we all navigate this defining moment in our collective history, ‘The Way of Integrity’ provides a roadmap on the path to truth.”
Beck, whose book was published last year, said in a statement: “To see my work recognized in this way is so exciting, it’s almost surreal. I think it’s also a statement about the desperate need for integrity in our public and private lives. Oprah Winfrey embodies that value, and for that reason alone, I can’t imagine a greater honor.
At noon Tuesday, “The Way of Integrity” was No. 3 on Amazon.com’s bestseller list.
Winfrey’s recent picks such as Richard Powers’ “Bewilderment” and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ “The Love Songs of WEB Du Bois” had featured exclusive author interviews on Apple TV+ and other special content via Apple. But Tuesday’s announcement does not refer to Apple. A spokesperson for Winfrey, asking if the Apple deal is still in place, said “Apple will continue to amplify selection in its Apple Book and Apple News verticals, but OprahDaily will host live virtual broadcast events with authors in the future.”
Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.
Winfrey launched her book club in 1996 and quickly became a singular force in publishing, her endorsements generating hundreds of thousands or more in sales of works ranging from contemporary novels such as Jane Hamilton’s ‘The Book of Ruth’ to older works such as “The Book of Ruth” by John Steinbeck. East of Eden.” She ended her original club in 2011, then relaunched it a year later as Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.
In September 2019, she officially began her Apple partnership with Ta-Nehisi Coates’ novel “The Water Dancer.”