Monday, December 13, 2010
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.
My biggest gripe with this book is that while the author kept mentioning her money issues, she continued to buy the books that Oprah featured. I understand that she was performing an experiment and why she bought the other stuff mentioned throughout the book (even if I disagree with the idea), but she could have saved herself some money by obtaining books from her local public library. In most cases, from what I understood, Oprah said READ these books, not necessarily buy them. (and this is coming from a compulsive book buyer!)