Oprah Winfrey picks ‘Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents’ for Book Club’s August selection

Oprah Winfrey has named the book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, her most significant Book Club selection ever. Both, ebook and audiobook, versions of the book are now available on the Apple Books app for $14.99 on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and CarPlay.

Apple and Oprah Winfrey announced Oprah’s Book Club in the Apple Book app in September, last year. This global book club focuses on curating book recommendations that help individuals with self-discovery and bring thought-provoking authors in the spotlight. The app is also designed to encourage reading anywhere at any time on user’s smartphones or tablets. 

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‘Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents’-August Pick

In the book, the writer Wilkerson outlines a revolutionary framework to understand the influence of castes on shaping a society throughout history and today. The book discusses the holistic impact of caste systems on culture and politics, life expectancy, and health costs. The author also discusses stories from the lives of Martin Luther King Jr, Satchel Paige, and others.

In the press release, Winfrey said,

“This might be the most important book I’ve ever chosen for my book club. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents’ provides a new way of seeing racial inequality, giving rise to countless aha moments and helping us truly understand America as it is now and how we hope it will be.”

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Publisher, Penguin Random House describes the books as,

“masterful portrait of the unspoken caste system that has shaped America. Through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, Wilkerson explores how America has been defined by a rigid hierarchy of human rankings throughout its history and even today.”

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Apple’s exclusive coverage of Caste

To engage and educate the users on the context of Caste, Apple has a series of exclusive events for promotion:

  • At the moment, users can read and listen to an exclusive excerpt from Caste on Apple News and further examine the points highlighted in Caste using the curated collections on Apple Books and Apple Podcasts apps.
  • Next week, Apple Music’s Beats 1 host Ebro Darden will have an exclusive discussion with Wilkerson on how her book is a reflection of current times.

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  • Later this month, the Cupertino tech giant says customers will be able to read a collection of articles related to Caste, curated by Oprah Winfrey as the app’s first-ever guest editor. 
  • In September, customers will also be able to watch Winfrey’s conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author Isabel Wilkerson. The discussion will be available for free exclusively on Apple TV+ on  Oprah’s Book Club series.

The Apple Books app offers a diverse digital book store for users to either read or listen to audiobooks. The app has an exclusive Oprah’s Book Club to form an online readers community and discuss her author/book of the month. Apple uses the app as a platform for writers’ to promote their work to a global readership. It is available on the App Store and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on iOS 10.0 or later and Apple Watch on watchOS 5.0 or later.

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