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Oprah Winfrey releases new book 'What I Know For Sure'

Oprah Winfrey smiles on the red carpet at the premiere of the HBO documentary "Paycheck To Paycheck."
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Oprah Winfrey quietly released a new book Tuesday without the buzz that typically surrounds a title associated with the Winfrey brand.

"What I Know For Sure" (Flatiron Books) is a self-help compilation of essays from Winfrey's monthly column of the same name for O, The Oprah Magazine.

The title is the first to be acquired by Flatiron Books, a fledgling non-fiction imprint of Macmillan.

Contents of the cloth bound book are categorized into themes that include gratitude, joy, possibility, clarity, and power.

In a written summary of the self-help title, the publisher wrote: "...the words Oprah shares in What I Know For Sure shimmer with the sort of truth that readers will turn to again and again."

Readers may find the book to be a helpful single source for the principles that comprise Winfrey's "best life" philosophy.

Oprah has taken those principles, along with her curated panel of prominent thought leaders, on the road with the "Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend." The national tour is scheduled to visit eight cities this Fall.

Each stop will last for two days, with Oprah making an appearance on Friday nights. On Saturdays, she will lead a panel of her self-help experts like Iyanla Vanzant, Pastor Rob Bell, and "Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert.

Winfrey's reliable brand has established the 60-year-old media maven as a trusted purveyor of inspiration, and the world's only black billionaire.

At the time that this article was published, "What I Know for Sure" was the #1 bestseller in the Television Performer Biographies category.

Kevin Don Porter is a CBS local contributor and correspondent for He is also the author of the thrillers MISSING and OVER THE EDGE—both available on Visit his website at

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