View Full Version : Oprah breaks long absence of book club

01-28-2007, 01:52 PM
Winfrey ended a year-long hiatus in her club by announcing Friday that she had chosen “The Measure of a Man,” a “spiritual autobiography” by one of Hollywood’s most admired actors — for whom the word “dignified” could practically be copyrighted — and a hero of Winfrey’s.

Published in 2000, Poitier’s book combines memories of such plays and films as “A Raisin in the Sun” and “The Defiant Ones” with observations about the Academy Award-winning actor’s childhood, his religious faith, his thoughts on racism and the influence of such world leaders as Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.

“He writes really candidly and passionately about his childhood, his family, relationships and his extraordinary career,” Winfrey said on her show, which airs from Chicago. “It (the book) really is about what makes character, what makes you be who you are. He is the measure of one of the greatest men I think who has ever been on our planet.”