Oprah Winfrey

AP Newsbreak: Winfrey picks Whitehead novel for book club

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.

"I was blown away by it," Winfrey said. "'Blown away' is an often-used expression, but with this book it was to the point of sometimes putting it down and saying, 'I can't read anymore. I don't want to...