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Author: Katie Couric Narrator: Katie Couric Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Audio Length: Release Date: October 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549151200

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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.

Through it all, Couric maintains the wit and sparkle for which she is known and beloved around the world. With her multimedia ventures and her unique, intimate connection with her viewers, she has never stopped working and reinventing herself as TV and media writ large undergo a radical transformation.

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.

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  • “Going There is jam-packed with honesty, humor, and helpful advice for every woman blazing her own path.”

    - Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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    " I was so excited to read Going There, as I enjoy pop culture and reading about the day-to-day happenings in the entertainment industry. Couric shares a lot of very personal info: about her struggle with husband Jay’s colon cancer, struggles at CBS News and Today, and even intimate details of her sex life (which I thought were a little much!). I did listen with interest about Lauer's indiscretions and extra-marital escapades, but wonder how, if they were as close a Couric claims in the book, how did she not know? At any rate, Couric does a great job of narrating her story and I thought her book was well written. I did feel like she used the f-bomb more times than were necessary, not because I'm a prude, but because they felt forced and unnecessary. "

    - Julie, 5/16/2022

About the Author

Katie Couric is an award-winning American journalist and bestselling author. She has had a high-profile career in television, including NBC News, The Today Show, CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, ABC News, and the daytime talk show Katie. She has been awarded two Emmys, was named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year, and won wide recognition for her excellent journalism covering the major breaking news events. She is the author of children’s books and of a New York Times bestselling memoir, The Best Advice I Ever Got.