Pat Wingert

Oprah: A Biography

What's left to say about Oprah's against-all-odds rise to become one of the most powerful women in the world? Kitty Kelley's version includes the messy, contradictory, and less-than-inspirational bits that crack Winfrey's carefully crafted image as the nation's $2.4 billion Everywoman. Kelley (and particularly Crown Books) should get some points for taking a critical look at a diva with whom most authors and publishers wouldn't tangle.

How to Prevent a Tragedy

Tucked away in rural Southwest Virginia, remote Blacksburg is an unlikely spot for the worst school shooting in U.S. history. Nevertheless, an April 16 rampage by a mentally disturbed student, Seung-Hui Cho, left 32 people dead.