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Brian Carter, acupuncturist, herbalist, and author Welcome to my page about Oprahs book club! I want to talk a little about some of my favorites from the book club in the last few years, and then I'll give you some links to get to past and current recommended books. Scroll all the way to the bottom for discounts on the books.

I'm so glad East of Eden by John Steinbeck is in Oprahs book club. I read it when I was just a teenager, and I honestly only remember bits of the plot, but I'll never forget the flavor of it. It was the same for me with Hemmingway's The Sun Also Rises- I didn't even like him when I first read him, but the flavor stuck in my mouth, and later I went back to it. I guess once I got tired of pointless complexity, I appreciated his bluntness. With Steinbeck, there's a similar purity, though it's not nearly as terse.

I love Tolstoy too- I haven't read Anna Karenina yet, which is a current selection in Oprahs book club, but my wife and I both are slogging through the Brothers Karamazov. Enjoyable and interesting, but let us say that some writing styles have aged better than others- people in the 19th century were more patient readers than we are. But then you can have books like Imitation of Christ or Pilgrims Progress that are even older than that, and easier to read. So it's the author. Maybe it's a Russian thing. I couldn't get into War and Peace either.

Suffice it to say that I don't like all of the books in Oprahs book club (I'm not into new age and all that), but I do like some of the classics, and I really appreciate her popularizing some of the great books of all time!

Brian is the founder of the Pulse of Oriental Medicine, medical professor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and author of Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure.

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