As someone who makes her living with words, I know what a challenge it can be to capture the right ones. I love finding novels, biographies or histories whose authors put words together in surprising ways. Mark Twain once wrote: "The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."
Most of my reading now is related to my work. I wish I had more time to read for pure escape. Looking back over the books that have influenced me, I realize they are stories that reflect my interest in people and places—both real and imaginary—and offer answers to some of my questions.
Paula Zahn is a news anchor for American Morning and the host of People in the News, both of which are on CNN.
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