Fans still heed Oprah's advice when it comes to reading

NEW YORK (AP) - The power of Oprah Winfrey's book club remains strong.

By late Wednesday, "East of Eden" had jumped to No. 2 on, trailing only the new Harry Potter book.

That was only hours after Winfrey (pictured, above) announced the John Steinbeck novel as her first book pick -- after a 14-month book club hiatus.

Steinbeck's publisher, Penguin Group USA, has ordered a new printing of 600,000 for a book that usually sells no more than 50,000 copies a year. "East of Eden" was first published in 1952.

Winfrey revealed in February that she would be starting her picks again and would focus on older authors.

The talk show host expects to make three to five book choices a year.

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