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Ishmael by Daniel Quinn Featured On The Oprah Winfrey Show

For several years, readers had written to or sent Oprah a copy of the book Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, but received no response. Even her friend Whoopi Goldberg was unable to inspire her to finally read the book. But, one day, after all of these previous contacts, a copy of Ishmael appeared on Oprah's doorstep, apparently left by a fan in Chicago. Oprah took this as the final impetus to read the book, and, once she did, she promptly invited Quinn to appear on her show in 1996, inspired by his ideas.

Mr. Quinn appeared along with fellow authors Alice Walker and Sarah Ban Breathnach. After Quinn's appearance, Ishmael jumped to #38 on book sales lists.

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