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 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.