Going There - Katie Couric

Going There

By Katie Couric

  • Release Date: 2021-10-26
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Going There book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 302 Ratings)

Going There Katie Couric Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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.

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User reviews about this book

  • Awesome

    5
    By howardbaldwinjr
    Unbelievable book! Loved it. I was very skeptical at first but as I read and read more I have a profound respect for this lady
  • Going There

    1
    By Ooooooooooooooooo,,,
    I wish I hadn’t read this book. I’m happy for her success but not her glibness. It seemed she was flaunting her money and fame. Taking for granite her privilege.
  • Line of Sight

    3
    By sueF999
    While full of fun facts, Joy, and Loss, at times it is hard to believe she did not see some things. She has very strong blinders against any threatening facts: sickness of husband and fiancé, all the Matt Laurer problems, etc.
  • Interesting

    3
    By MJNurseS
    Interesting tidbits. Ms. Couric doesn’t live in the real world with normal people and is quite happy with what she has done. This was an interesting glimpse into her ideas. I like her less having read the book.
  • Loved every word !!!

    5
    By Amy Robach
    There was so much about Katie’s life that I did not know. Very interesting read I really was enamored. Katie for president !!!
  • Going There

    5
    By Joanabake
    Surprised and pleased by Katie’s level of honesty and down home naughtiness. A thoroughly fun and enlightening read.
  • Yay Katherine! LOL

    5
    By mrsjake4
    Loved all of it! Could not put it down! Well written and many funny moments too.
  • HONEST. INSIGHTFUL. INTEGRITY.

    5
    By ski_telluride
    Katie presents an honest look into her life, both public and private—good and bad. I greatly appreciate her work, perseverance, brilliance, and willingness to share insight into her life—an exceptional read. HONEST. INSIGHTFUL. INTEGRITY.
  • Mixed Feelings

    3
    By Deni6'4"
    Memoirs are my guilty pleasure and I have read many. But I am really ambivalent about this one. I’ve always liked and admired Katie Couric, so on the one hand, I appreciated what I think is a (mostly) honest telling of her life, career, and milestones as she recalls them. On the other hand, the overall tone of the book left me wondering if she tends to be overly egotistical, status-conscious, and materialistic. (So now I think I might actually be a little disappointed, which for me is sad.) But hey, she’s human and I still admire her moxie, drive, the personal challenges she faced, and the inarguable fact that she helped clear a path for female journalists to come. I’m glad I read it, but it’s always a bit disappointing when you get a glimpse that someone you’ve really admired may not actually be the idealized person you had hoped.
  • Authentic Katie !

    5
    By Tracy LP
    Thank you for sharing your story . Learned so much about you . Jay is proud of you .

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