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Anderson's memoir, Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival is incredibly candid and captivating, "a sumptuous feast," says Oprah.

Oprah: It is so good. It is so good. Rarely does a book keep me up. Rarely. Rarely.

Anderson: I've never gotten an e-mail from Oprah [before] but she sent me this e-mail and I got it at like 1 [a.m.] in New York—you must have been in California—and you were saying how you were reading it and you really liked it. I was so excited I couldn't sleep that night. By 6 a.m., I was like, "Do you think she's finished it?"

Oprah: Anderson, this is so funny because I didn't want to make a pest of myself. But, didn't I e-mail you like three times?

Anderson: Four times actually. I have them framed on my wall now.

Oprah: At one point I said, "I have to just calm myself down and stop writing him." I thought, well, let me at least finish it before I write you again. [Dispatches from the Edge] is really, really, really excellent.
FROM: CNN's Anderson Cooper Reveals His Family Secrets
Published on May 23, 2006