Sept. 15, 2009
-- Last week self professed “enlightened spiritual guru” Eckhart Tolle, one of only two authors selected for the 2008 Oprah Winfrey Book Club Selection, came out in support of the novel Cactus Land for the 2009 selection. This is the first time that a previously selected author has voiced his preference for a new selection.
A source close to Ms. Winfrey who asked to remain anonymous said that Oprah was furious that Tolle tried to get himself involved in the Oprah Winfrey Book Club Selection process. According to this source Oprah said “For someone supposedly without an ego he sure enjoys being the protagonist.”
And to make things even stranger, last years other selectee, David Wroblewski, has also come out in favor of Cactus Land. Some have suggested the elusive author of Cactus Land, Robert Bonomo, has convinced the two authors that his apocalyptic message needs to get out. No one knows where Bonomo lives, he has no contact info, and his only connection to the world is his blog, The Cactus Land. Family members and acquaintances say they have not heard from him in over a year.
Oprah released an official statement regarding the rumor. “I have read Cactus Land and mention this to Mr. Tolle. I in no way insinuated that Cactus Land was being considered for the Book Club selection.”
Bonomo’s novel would be a real long shot for the Oprah Winfrey Book Club Selection. The reclusive Bonomo’s novel has become an underground sensation and a favorite with environmental groups. He claims his book is based on a vision, and that it has real consequences for the future. Let’s see if Oprah buys into his message, for the moment, the controversy and mystery only grow.
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