Katie Couric

The former CBS Evening News anchor on three favorites.



Americans first got to know Katie Couric as the charming, cheery co-host of NBC's The Today Show, where she wished us good morning for fifteen years. In 2006, she became the first female evening news anchor at a major network, hosting the CBS broadcast as well as contributing to 60 Minutes as a correspondent. Recently, she compiled the guidance of friends, colleagues, and family for a unique book of reflection, wisdom, and humor called The Best Advice I Ever Got. Here she recommends three books that have a staying power comparable to her own.


Books by Katie Couric



The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank (The Definitive Edition)

By Anne Frank


"Anne’s courage, fortitude, humor, innocence, and intelligence under the most unimaginable circumstances move me every time. I think of what she endured in this beautifully rendered account of one of the most horrific times in the history of the world."




To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee


"Because Atticus Finch is the embodiment of decency and integrity."








Death Be Not Proud

By John Gunther


"This was a book I also read when I was quite young. It's about a 17-year old, Johnny, who demonstrated extraordinary grace and courage when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It taught me a lot about the pain and process of death and loss--a lesson that would serve me well when I got older and faced losses of my own. The poem by John Donne, upon which the title is based, is also incredibly powerful."


April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.