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What I know for sure
Winfrey, Oprah, author, narrator.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Macmillan Audio, [2014]
Physical Description:
4 audio discs (4 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
The inspirational wisdom Oprah Winfrey shares in her monthly O., The Oprah Magazine column updated, curated, and collected for the first time. Organized by theme, the essays offer a rare and powerful glimpse into the mind of one of the world's most extraordinary women.
General Note:
Compact discs.

Duration: 4:00:00.
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Format :
Audiobook on CD


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PN1992.4.W56 A32 2014C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
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PN1992.4.W56 A32 2014C Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, "What do you know for sure?" Oprah Winfrey began writing the "What I Know For Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine . Saying that the question offered her a way to take "stock of her life," Oprah has penned one column a month over the last fourteen years, years in which she retired The Oprah Winfrey Show (the highest-rated program of its kind in history), launched her own television network, became America's only black billionaire, was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard University and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, watched friends and colleagues come and go, lost beloved pets and adopted new ones, and celebrated milestone birthdays. Throughout it all, she's continued to offer her profound and inspiring words of wisdom in her "What I Know For Sure" column in O, The Oprah Magazine.
Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know For Sure , a beautiful audiobook packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme--joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power--these essays offer a rare and powerful glimpse into the mind of one of the world's most extraordinary women. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and dynamic, the words Oprah shares in What I Know For Sure shimmer with the sort of wisdom and truth that listeners will turn to again and again.

Author Notes

Oprah Winfrey was born in 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. At the age of 19, Winfrey landed her first broadcasting job as a reporter for radio station WVOL in Nashville. She enrolled in Tennessee State University to study speech and performing arts in 1970, and in 1971, she was named Nashville's Miss Fire Prevention, followed by being named Miss Black Tennessee in 1972. In her sophomore year at Tennessee State University, Winfrey switched to media and became the first African-American anchor at Nashville's WTVF-TV.

In 1977 she moved to Baltimore to co-anchor the six o'clock news. Once there she was recruited to co-host Baltimore's WJZ-TV's local talk show, People Are Talking. In 1984 she relocated again, this time to Chicago to host WLS-TV's morning talk show, AM Chicago. AM Chicago becomes the number one talk show a mere month later. In less than a year, the show expanded to one hour and was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Winfrey had her feature film debut as "Sofia" in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, based on the novel by Alice Walker, in 1985. She received nominations for a Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role. The Oprah Winfrey Show entered syndication 1986 and remained the number one talk show for fourteen consecutive seasons, receiving 34 Emmys throughout it's run, and Oprah is given the honor of hosting the 14th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 1987.

In 1988 Harpo Productions, Inc., Winfrey's production company is born, and in 1989, Winfrey produced and starred as "Mattie Michael" in the miniseries,The Women of Brewster Place, which recounts the lives of the female denizens of an inner-city brownstone. Again in 1990, she hosted the 17th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Winfrey executive produced and performed in the TV Series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, further promoting Harpo Productions. In 1991, she initiated the National Child Protection Act, testifying in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to establish a national database of convicted child abusers. In 1996 she received the George Foster Peabody Individual Achivement Award and the International Radio and Television Society's Gold Medal Award for all of her work in these mediums. She began Oprah's Book Club, an on-air reading club, of which all of the Book Club selections have become instant bestsellers.

In 1997, she was named Newsweek's most important person in books and media, and a year later named TV Guide's Television Performer of the Year, as well as one of the 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century by Time Magazine. She went on to receive the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 as well.

That same year, she announced that she would join producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner (Cosby, Roseanne) and Geraldine Laybourne (Nickelodeon) to launch Oxygen Media, Inc., a cable channel and interactive network for women. She also joined Stedman Graham in teaching at Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

In 2000 she was presented with the National Book Foundation's 50th anniversary gold medal for all that Oprah's Book Club has done for books and authors.

In 2014 Oprah released What I Know for Sure, a collection of essays that she had written for her monthly column of the same name in O, The Oprah Magazine.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Beloved talk show pioneer, philanthropist, author, and actress Winfrey assembles a powerful collection of teachable moments and plainspoken empowerment in this inspirational audiobook. With her uniquely comforting and confident voice, she reflects on the emotions and concepts that will stand the test of time: joy, resilience, awe, connection, gratitude, and possibility. So conversational that she seems unscripted, Winfrey shares many light and profound life experiences, such as dancing onstage with Tina Turner, gardening passionately, learning the value of education, and having a profound spiritual encounter while hiking. This treasury of private revelations and spirituality is a must-read for those seeking self-improvement and wanting to probe the art of living. A Flatiron hardcover. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Starred Review. This collection of inspirational remembrances and encouragements was compiled from Winfrey's monthly column in O, the Oprah Magazine. (In some cases the material has been revised with updated insights.) With wit, wisdom, and more than a little joy, the beloved celebrity shares with listeners those things that she knows "for sure." She explains that while opinions and outlooks change, you know in your inner being those things that are innately true. Read by Winfrey herself, this assemblage feels like a particularly rich and lively conversation with a close friend. She both entertains and enlightens listeners with her stories, life lessons, and practical advice. Because this is a compilation of columns that appeared over a 14-year span, some concepts and observations are repeated. Offering everything from personal recollections to amusing observations, this work delivers a valuable experience in a relatively short time. Oprah's fans will not be disappointed. VERDICT An essential purchase for libraries whose patrons seek reassurance, stimulation, and motivation to lead full and productive lives.-Lisa Youngblood, Harker Heights P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.