The Book That Changed My Life

Jill Abramson

National Book Award Finalists for Nonfiction Jane Mayer (left) and Jill Abramson (right) at the 1994 Awards Ceremony and Gala. Photo credit: Robin Platzer Jill Abramson and Jane Mayer were 1994 National Book Award Finalists in Nonfiction for Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas

National Book Award Finalists for Nonfiction Jane Mayer (left) and Jill Abramson (right) at the 1994 Awards Ceremony and Gala. Photo credit: Robin Platzer

Books that changed my life:

Books that influenced my writing.

This book showed me the power of non-fiction narrative. I read it when I was in the sixth grade and was amazed by the fully-etched characters and narrative tension. In Cold Blood showed how much drama can be built into a non-fiction story. The best journalism also establishes a strong narrative story.

- Jill Abramson