Book News: Oprah’s ‘Super Soul Sunday’ on Feb. 3

Everyone knows how Oprah’s book club rejuvenated book sales across the country, but did you know that since moving to her new OWN network, she’s carried on with her book club.  Super Bowl Sunday, when husbands are preparing for the big game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, there’s more than just football on.

While I’m excited to say the Boston Celtics will be playing at 1 p.m., I’m equally excited that Oprah will have first-time author Ayana Mathis, who wrote The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, on her Super Soul Sunday show on Feb. 3, 2013, which will air 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN. But readers and Oprah fans also can catch the interview on Oprah.com or Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday.

About The Twelve Tribes of Hattie:

In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.  Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave.  She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation.

Mathis’ novel already has received praise from The New York Times, which said the novel “gracefully” tells of not only The Great Migration in the mid-1920s when 6 million African-Americans fled the Jim Crow South, but also the hardening of Hattie as she experiences loss.  As part of Oprah’s interview with Mathis, the women are expected to talk about the large soul-searching aspects of the novel, particularly the struggles experienced in parenting, loss, and survival.  Also, “in this revealing interview, Mathis shares how she overcame criticism and self-doubt, and went on to create her critically-acclaimed first novel.   She divulges who from her own life inspired the book’s heroine, Hattie Shepherd, and how she developed each supremely human character,” says HARPO studios.

Interested in a sneak peak?  Check it out.

For a sneak peek of “Oprah’s Book Club: Oprah and Ayana Mathis Author of ‘The 12 Tribes of Hattie’” below are the downloadable link:

URL (with embed code): http://www.oprah.com/own-supersoulsunday/blogs/Ayana-Mathis-Life-Today

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