Reading has been an important part of Meredith Vieira since she received "Eloise" book by Kay Thompson as a gift when she was a child. It continued through her fondest early American literature classes while attending Tufts University to all of her jobs reporting the news. She shares her lifelong love of the printed word as host of the PBS offering "The Great American Read."
Although she finished medical school, Amanda Giese decided to apply her training to patients with four legs instead of two. The mother of two small kids at the time, she says, "I made that decision knowing it would keep me in the medical realm, but the hours were feasible for me to raise two young children by myself as well. This is during the pinnacle of the end of my marriage and divorce from their father."
DON'T MISS: "The Great American Read" – Book lovers, rejoice. For several weeks, this literary-minded series has led us on a fascinating journey through the pages of the nation's 100 favorite tomes. Now comes the finale, in which host Meredith Vieira at long last reveals America's best-loved novel, as determined by viewer votes. So what will it be? At last glance, "Charlotte's Web," by E.B. White, was at the head of the pack. If that lead holds up, it would really be some pig. (8 p.m. Tuesday, PBS).