The Books That Anchor Anderson Cooper’s Reading List

In addition to being the anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° — a global newscast that goes beyond the headlines with in-depth reporting and investigations — Anderson Cooper has published a bestselling collection of correspondence between him and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, as well as a memoir of his time as a reporter covering wars, disasters, and other global events.

When the studio lights go off, one of America’s most beloved journalists unwinds with some equally beloved bestsellers. Here are some of Cooper’s favorites, available on Scribd.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is on a quest through the five boroughs of New York to find the lock that belongs to a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Along the way, he dreams up inventions to keep those he loves safe from harm. Through Schell, Jonathan Safran Foer illustrates just how much solace can be found in an active imagination.

Also available as an audiobook.

A Prayer for Owen Meany

Set in 1953, this John Irving classic tells the story of Owen Meany, a dwarfish boy with a strange voice who hits a foul ball during a Little League game and accidentally kills his best friend's mom. Owen doesn’t believe in accidents, however. He believes he is God’s instrument, and whatever happens — and happens to him — is providence. And what happens to Owen is extraordinary.

Heart of Darkness

In Joseph Conrad’s masterpiece — and the classic novel that inspired Apocalypse Now — a European company hires a boat pilot named Marlow to travel up the Congo River in search of Kurtz — a first-class ivory agent and one of its most successful representatives — who is believed to be on his deathbed. The horrors Marlow witnesses on the way and when he reaches his destination have disquieted readers for decades.

Also available as an audiobook.

It Seemed Important at the Time

In this sharp, frank, and touching personal memoir, Cooper’s mother — one of America’s most lauded women — talks about growing up as a prisoner in a family of privilege, and her wild escape into love affairs, one-night stands, and marriages with the various and equally legendary men in her life. Simply put, this is about as candid and captivating an account of living a life of fame and wealth as has ever been written.

Most Talkative

Real Housewives creator Andy Cohen grew up as a television fanatic, and his memoir tells the outrageous and hilarious story of how he channeled his obsession into an interview with his idol with his idol Susan Lucci for his college newspaper, his bizarre decade at CBS news, his encounters with all the stars he worshipped as a kid, and the real stories behind The Real Housewives.

Also available as an audiobook.

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