Oprah Winfrey arrives at the season one premiere of "Greenleaf" at The Lot in West Hollywood, Calif., June 15, 2016
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Oprah Winfrey has a new book club pick, Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad," a historical novel that imagines the network of safe houses and passages that helped slaves escape to free territory is an actual train. Winfrey told the Associated Press during a recent telephone interview that she knew from the first sentence that she would want to share her passion with her audience, an impulse she has relied on with uncommon success for 20 years."The Underground Railroad" was scheduled to come out in September, but after learning of Winfrey's decision, Doubleday moved up the release date to Tuesday and more than doubled the announced first printing, from 75,000 to 200,000 .Winfrey's website, Oprah.com, will include a reading guide and Winfrey's comments, and "Underground Railroad" will be featured on the social media site Goodreads (Goodreads.com/OprahsBookClub).Winfrey said the novel was so vivid she double-checked her history books to make sure the rail system didn't exist.
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