Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Books that made a difference to Brian Williams

NBC news anchor Brian Williams told O, The Oprah Magazine about a short list of books that made a difference to him.

One title on the list:
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
by Bill Bryson

Bryson's memoir of growing up in Des Moines captures the optimism of American life in the 1950s. "My wife gave this to me," says Williams. "She thought that I could use a little lightness in my reading. My memories as a kid are of a kind of clunky, grindingly middle-class America, where an American cheese slice individually wrapped was the biggest deal in the world. Also, a roasted marshmallow. And half a Popsicle—you had to get the crack absolutely right or someone got shortchanged. This book is how I grew up. I laughed through it in bursts, in paroxysms, in spasms."
Read about the other books on Williams' list.

Also see Brian Williams' favorite "portraits of Americans."

--Marshal Zeringue