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."


July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).