Biography:Born in 1954 in Mississippi, media mogul and talk show host Oprah Winfrey was raised in poverty and was the victim of childhood sexual abuse. After moving to Tennessee to live with her father, she landed a radio job while still in high school. In 1986, The Oprah Winfrey Show debuted and revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre, rocketing Winfrey to billionaire status.
Since then, she has contributed to many charities, started a hugely influential book club, penned books about weight loss, and launched her own magazine, O in 2000.
She also occasionally dabbles in film, giving critically acclaimed performances in films like The Color Purple and Beloved.
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In 1995, Cheryl Strayed was 26 years old, recently divorced, grieving the death of her mother—and about to embark on an adventure that would change her life forever. Subscribe to O, The Oprah Magazine for up to 72% OFF what others pay on the newsstand — that's like getting 19 FREE issues! Cynthia Bond's Ruby, an Oprah's Book Club Selection, Takes Inspiration From Abuse She Saw in L.A. Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. She eventually worked her way up to co-anchoring the local news and eventually launched her own production company. Bond ran an arts program at the Los Angeles LGBT Center for more than seven years, where she worked with "young people who were sleeping on the streets and getting paid for sex.

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The novel takes place in rural Liberty, East Texas, the home to which Ruby returns after moving to New York City at the age of 18. Now in her early 40s, Ruby is met with both the love of her childhood friend Ephram and the scorn of townspeople who think she is mad.
Ruby's experiences of abuse, violence and prostitution are inspired by Bond's East Texas childhood and her family's stories, including those of an aunt murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, but they're also heavily influenced by her life in Los Angeles. I realized eventually that this was more than just writing exercises, this was a book."A work 10 years in the making, Ruby started out as a 900-page novel, which has since been split into three.

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