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Top 5 Daytime Talk Show Reads

A short list of some of our favorite books by popular daytime talk show hosts


As talk show fans, we're used to keeping up with our favorite hosts daily on the tube. But what about when we're on the beach? Or in the lodge? Or, heaven forbid, when the electricity is out!? There's gotta be another way to get our fix.

Luckily, there is.

The best way to get our talk show host fix is the old-fashioned way. By reading a book. Though, these days, that might mean downloading Ellen DeGeneres or Dr. Oz's latest on our e-reader or tablet PC. Whatever way you like to consume the good word, here are 5 of our favorite reads:

1. Seriously … I’m Kidding, by Ellen DeGeneres

Seriously ... I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen's latest book (she's written a few) tackles some of life's bigger questions in the context of Ellen's life up 'til now. "I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled," she writes. One reader said digging into DeGeneres's book of essays was like "traveling to some beautiful alternate universe where people are kind, love is everywhere, and life is good." Who doesn't want to experience that?

2. How I Got this Way, by Regis Philbin

How I Got this Way by Regis Philbin
Coinciding with his Nov. 18, 2011, departure from Live with Regis & Kelly episode, Regis Philbin delivers a memoir of his life in show business. In only the way Regis could tell such stories, the former talk show host shares anecdotes about the people he considered mentors and friends, like David Letterman, Donald Trump, Howard Stern and Notre Dame football coaches Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz. Stories include surviving the first bomb scare on live TV and hanging out with Jack Nicholson.

3. Is It Just Me?: Or is it nuts out there?, by Whoopi Goldberg

The View co-host and comedian Whoopi Goldberg is fed up with how uncivilized our civilization is becoming, and she puts pen to paper to tell us why in Is It Just Me? Or is it nuts out there? Goldberg takes issue with the "rudening" of America - that loss of basic civility that allows us to interact well with one another. Even people we don't agree with. From small observations (people chatting in the theater as though no one else is around) to how we act and react on a national scale, Goldberg uses humor to point out or foibles, and then compels us to make a change.

4. YOU: The Owner's Manual, by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael F. Roizen

You: The Owner's Guide by Dr. Mehmet Oz
The book that made Dr. Mehmet Oz a household name (well, the book that inspired Oprah to make Dr. Oz a household name), YOU: The Owner's Manual, is an engrossing and easy to read journey through what actually makes our bodies tick. Oz and his co-author Dr. Michael F. Roizen explain in great and simple detail exactly what all your body parts are for - and why you should or shouldn't be worried about breaking them. It's one of those books you won't put down, but when you do, you might feel a little uncomfortable in your own skin. But in a good way.

5. The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy, by Deborah Davis

The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy by Deborah Davis
Fans of The Oprah Winfrey Show have been without their beloved program since its final episode in May 2011. But no longer. Now they can relive the groundbreaking television show and its 25 years on television through The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy. The book celebrates the show through essays and tributes by Maya Angelou, Bono, Ellen DeGeneres, Nelson Mandela, Toni Morrison, Julia Roberts, Maria Shriver, Gloria Steinem, John Travolta and more. It features hundreds of glorious photographs from the Harpo archive, as well.

6. Top 5 Late Night Talk Show Reads

Thank You Notes by Jimmy Fallon
Not a fan of daytime? More of a night owl? No worries. We have something for you, too. Check out our Top 5 Late Night Talk Show Reads to see what lunacy those late night hosts have in store for you.
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