Oprah's Picks: 10 Books That Became Unforgettable Bestsellers

"The Deep End of the Ocean" by Jacquelyn Mitchard (September 1996)

The book that kickstarted Oprah's Book Club, it's a gripping tale about a family's ordeal after their young son disappears.

"Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison (October 1996)

A profound exploration of African-American life, heritage, and identity that received widespread acclaim and sales boosts.

"A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey (September 2005)

Although later embroiled in controversy for being marketed as a memoir despite containing fabrications, it was one of the club's greatest selling books at the time​​.

"The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen (September 2001)

A complex novel about a dysfunctional family, notable for the controversy surrounding Franzen's ambivalence about its selection​​.

"Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides

A Pulitzer Prize-winning epic that traces the history of a Greek American family and their intersex protagonist.

"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy

A stark, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's survival, praised for its profound emotional impact and sparse style.

"Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy

Oprah's inclusion of this classic Russian novel introduced Tolstoy's intricate tale of love and societal norms to a new audience.

"East of Eden" by John Steinbeck

A sweeping saga of two families in the Salinas Valley, California, it received renewed interest and sales from its selection.

"Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton

This novel about apartheid in South Africa was another selection that benefited from Oprah's spotlight.

"Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed

This memoir of personal loss, healing, and adventure gained significant popularity after its selection.