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Katie Couric talks about her five most influential books:
1. The Good Samaritan
"Believe it or not, I read this as a “Golden Book” when I was waiting in my dentist office when I was only six or seven. I was so moved by the one person who came to the aid of a stranger on the side of a road. It made me want to be that person, and it’s informed the way I have tried to treat people during the course of my life."
2. To Kill A Mockingbird
"Because Atticus Finch is the embodiment of decency and integrity."
3. Death Be Not Proud
"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."
4. From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
"Made me fall in love with art, culture, adventure, reading, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art."
5. The Diary of 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 testament of one of the most horrific times in the history of the world."
Katie Couric is the anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric," a "60 Minutes" correspondent and anchor of CBS News prime-time specials. When the "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric" debuted on September 5, 2006, Couric became the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening news broadcast.
Born in Arlington, Virginia, Couric graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a focus on American studies. She currently lives in New York with her two daughters.