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Living Oprah: My One-Year Experiment to Walk the Walk of the Queen of Talkby Robyn Okrant
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What happens when a thirty-five-year-old average American woman spends one year following every piece of Oprah Winfrey's advice on how to live your best life?
Robyn Okrant devoted 2008 to adhering to all of Oprah's suggestions and guidance delivered via her television show, her Web site, and her magazine. Living Oprah is a month-by-month account of that year.
Some of the challenges included enrollment in Oprah's Best Life Challenge for physical fitness and weight control, living vegan, and participating in Oprah's Book Club. After 365 days of Living Oprah, Okrant reflects on the rewards won and lessons learned as well as the tolls exacted by the experiment.
"In this addition to the stunt-blog memoir genre, 35-year-old yoga instructor and performer Okrant spent 2008 living by Oprah's advice as dispensed via her show, magazine and Web site. The author was fascinated with the way Oprah evokes equal parts admiration and disdain, and curious about whether it's 'even possible to follow someone else's advice to discover one's authentic self.' Despite skepticism about the validity — or possibility — of finding happiness through Oprah, she embarked on 12 months of Oprah-prescribed activities and expenditures, plus blog updates. Monthly tallies detail activities, expenditures and the author's thoughtful observations. For example, she writes: 'I believe Oprah's ultimate goal is to empower women and girls,' but 'I think Oprah devalues women by focusing so much on our bodies.' The author is honest about her own experiment-inspired conflicts: as a result of her endeavors, she has a book and has lost weight, but is 'almost always a stressed-out, insecure, exhausted mess.' Okrant posits that, in many ways, pursuing a 'best life' detracts from 'real life.' In the end, while there are few real revelations, Okrant has written a thoughtful, honest examination of her journey." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
What happens when a 35-year-old average American woman spends one year following every piece of Oprah Winfrey's advice on how to live your best life? Living Oprah is an account of Okrant's experiment along with her reflections on the lessons learned.
About the Author
Robyn Okrant is a writer, filmmaker, performer, and yoga teacher. A graduate of Bennington College, she also holds an MFA in performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives with her husband and two cats in Chicago.
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