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News Sat Sep 18 2010

Latest Jonathan Franzen Novel is New Oprah Book Club Pick

Jonathan Franzen's new book, Freedom, is Oprah Winfrey's next book club pick after she sent him a note asking permission to do so. Why the note? You may remember the two from such celebrity headlines as Winfrey choosing Franzen's The Corrections as a 2001 book club pick. At the time Franzen publicly expressed discomfort with being chosen, calling her book club picks "schmaltzy and one-dimensional," worrying that her recommendation might discourage male readers; Winfrey responded by canceling his appearance on her show. Apparently time and profitable publicity heal all wounds. The Oprah Winfrey Show is in its last season but Oprah's Book Club will live on. Winfrey says she will continue making book recommendations when her Oprah Winfrey Network begins airing on cable television next year.

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michael gordon / September 19, 2010 12:39 PM

hello my name is micheal gordon i ran a media company for over 5 years i took kids for off the street and gave them the opertunaty to learn media i started this company 2005 i then started my taxes in 2006 this company is a community out reach to help kids that dont have parents or kids that have parents as drug adicks show and prove went around communitys to pull unfortunate kids out of the street to let them no it is some one that care and we are there in 2008 my company and my house was put out on the street couse of the bad landlord i took the deal with my landlord rent to buy i then put up 40k that was my last bit of money i did not care couse i no i was doing something to better the world and my self the day i came home it was fulcloser sighs on my door i then call the landlord and no answer two days later the number was no good so i ask my self why is this happening to me and thats all i want to do in my life is work with these kids that need people like my self that care i bin on the streets ask for help to build this company back i then chang the company name to hiphopkids solvers my goal is to get in touch with all celebritys all over the world and give these unfortunate kids opertunaty to rebuild there life 75 percent of kids in every communaty are lost with no wear to go that leave them to get in to gang activatise or be on drugs we need to chang this if everybody come together to help me build this back to life it will be a very big chang in life today what ill do is give the people on the street opertunaty to work and get the young one together i want to go to schools all over to let these kids no that is a company to help those that dont have i also want to go to these schools with a stop the violence book with my name and sponcers name iv bin trying to get this dun for a life time now please past this letter off to every body in the world the want to help me get these kids on the right path i need this for the world and my self i bin threw to much in life and its time to work on the kids that need the help to all cerlebritys in the world please if god is really truly in u i will get a straght phone call i love yoll all 609-4900339

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