What I Know for Sure

What I Know for Sure

Book - 2014
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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 book 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 readers will turn to again and again. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250054050
Branch Call Number: 814 Wi
Characteristics: x, 228 pages ; 19 cm


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Jan 06, 2017

A wonderful book of anecdotal wisdom and experiences by Oprah Winfrey.

Jun 25, 2016

I couldn't get through quite all of this, and now I'm writing about it I find I really don't remember much of it...? A bit too simplistic and at the same time self-aggrandizing, as I recall.

LaughingOne Dec 24, 2014

Many bits of wisdom here, written in clear language that feels like it's directly from Oprah's heart. Some resonated with me more than others, and those would likely change over time as what I need to hear changes.

ksoles Sep 19, 2014

Whether through her 25-year talk show, her book club, her magazine or her TV network, everybody knows the name Oprah. And most associate the name with generosity of spirit and life lessons. Indeed, her new book compiles previously published columns of O Magazine from the section called "What I Know For Sure" and covers everything from reflecting on an inspiring poem to reliving painful adolescent memories.

In 1998, film critic Gene Siskel asked Oprah "what she knew for sure," a question that left her speechless and became a driving force in her life. Throughout the book, Oprah displays her unique way of both turning seemingly minor events into "aha" moments and relating her core values to provide daily affirmation. Far from generic positive mantras, the lessons she offers can apply to anyone from any walk of life; she does not propose the revolutionary but reminds us of the things we take for granted. Finally, snippets of Oprah's conversations with figures like Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and Maya Angelou enhance the collection.

Ultimately, Oprah succeeds in conveying her creed: "What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what."

aisha65 Sep 12, 2014

Very enjoyable book


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