Thursday, March 24, 2022

Review - Going There

 Title:   Going There
Author:  Katie Couric
Publisher:  Little, Brown and Company
Genre:   Biography & Memoir
Format:  Audiobook ARC
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Heartbreaking, hilarious, and brutally honest, Going There is the deeply personal life story of a girl next door turned household name.

For more than forty years, Katie Couric has been an iconic presence in the media world. In her brutally honest, hilarious, heartbreaking memoir, she reveals what was going on behind the scenes of her sometimes tumultuous personal and professional life - a story she’s never shared, until now. Of the medium she loves, the one that made her a household name, she says, “Television can put you in a box; the flat-screen can flatten. On TV, you are larger than life but smaller, too. It is not the whole story, and it is not the whole me. This book is.”

Beginning in early childhood, Couric was inspired by her journalist father to pursue the career he loved but couldn’t afford to stay in. Balancing her vivacious, outgoing personality with her desire to be taken seriously, she overcame every obstacle in her way: insecurity, an eating disorder, being typecast, sexism . . . challenges, and how she dealt with them, setting the tone for the rest of her career. Couric talks candidly about adjusting to sudden fame after her astonishing rise to co-anchor of the TODAY show, and guides us through the most momentous events and news stories of the era, to which she had a front-row seat:  Rodney King, Anita Hill, Columbine, the death of Princess Diana, 9/11, the Iraq War . . . In every instance, she relentlessly pursued the facts, ruffling more than a few feathers along the way.  She also recalls in vivid and sometimes lurid detail the intense pressure on female anchors to snag the latest “get”—often sensational tabloid stories like Jon Benet Ramsey, Tonya Harding, and OJ Simpson.

Couric’s position as one of the leading lights of her profession was  shadowed by the shock and trauma of losing her husband to stage 4 colon cancer when he was just 42, leaving her a widow and single mom to two daughters, 6 and 2. The death of her sister Emily, just three years later, brought yet more trauma—and an unwavering commitment to cancer awareness and research, one of her proudest accomplishments.

 Couric is unsparing in the details of her historic move to the anchor chair at the CBS Evening News—a world rife with sexism and misogyny.  Her “welcome” was even more hostile at 60 Minutes, an unrepentant boys club that engaged in outright hazing of even the most established women.  In the wake of the MeToo movement, Couric shares her clear-eyed reckoning with gender inequality and predatory behavior in the workplace, and downfall of Matt Lauer—a colleague she had trusted and respected for more than a decade.

Couric also talks about the challenge of finding love again, with all the hilarity, false-starts, and drama that search entailed, before finding her midlife Mr. Right.  Something she has never discussed publicly—why her second marriage almost didn’t happen. 

If you thought you knew Katie Couric, think again. Going There is the fast-paced, emotional, riveting story of a thoroughly modern woman, whose journey took her from humble origins to superstardom. In these pages, you will find a friend, a confidante, a role model, a survivor whose lessons about life will enrich your own.

Memoirs are quickly becoming one of my favorite genres. This amazing book by Katie Couric goes a long way into making me love reading about people as fabulous as she is. In this honest, thought-provoking book, Ms. Couric shares her journey as she became a true household name.

The world of media is a progressive place, and Ms. Couric traversed personal and professional hurdles as she rose in popularity. She came by her career honestly as her father was a journalist. He might not have lasted in the career, but this did not dissuade Katie. In fact, it played into giving her an extra boost in obtaining some of her career goals.

Things were deinitely not easy. In fact, women in media have an image to protect. An image often projected on them, even to the point of bringing harm. An example of this is how Ms. Couric even dealt with an eating disorder while forcing herself to fit into an expected mold. Also being a woman in a previously male-dominated career had its own share of challenges, and these included sexism and harassment. She rose like a champion, however, and spent decades in front of the camera.

Many of the stories Ms. Couric reportered were quite memorable, and in my mind's eye I can clearly see Ms. Couric reporting some stories that will be with me for a long time. She experienced some personal tragedies along the way, and this included losing her loving husband to cancer. This was not the only loss she experienced, but she came out like a champion, each and every time. She is one of the strongest women I have every had the pleasure of reading about. 

Many thanks to Little Brown and Company for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Katherine Anne "Katie" Couric is notable as an American journalist who became well-known as co-host of NBC's Today. In 2006, she made a highly publicized move from NBC to CBS, and on September 5, 2006 she became the first solo female anchor of the weekday evening news on one of the three traditional U.S. broadcast networks. She currently serves as the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, having replaced Bob Schieffer on September 5, 2006. Schieffer served as the interim anchor following the departure of long time anchor and managing editor Dan Rather on March 9, 2005. 

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