People, Oct. 7, 1996

DIVING INTO THE DEEP END

Nobody disputes the power of OPRAH WINFREY to move merchandise. But is Oprah powerful enough to get people to turn off their TVs and read? She may be. The talk-show host recently announced that her show would conduct "the biggest book club in the whole world," and that Jacquelyn Mitchard's The Deep End of the Ocean would be her first discussion subject. That alone sent the novel to the top of bestseller lists around the country. And even though her semiannual book shows get low ratings, Oprah told the Washington Post, "I always feel if you...

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