Going There Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Heartbreaking, hilarious, and brutally honest, Going There is the deeply personal life story of a girl next door turned household name.
For more than 40 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, six and two. 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 this book, you will find a friend, a confidante, a role model, a survivor whose lessons about life will enrich your own.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 27 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 26, 2021|
|Publisher||Little, Brown & Company|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#69 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#1 in Biographies of Journalists, Editors & Publishers
#1 in Biographies of Women
#2 in Journalist Biographies
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But she doesn't come across as actually "smart", because--for all the opportunities she's had, she regards it all so trivially. Has she learned anything meaningful from her apparently rich experiences? It doesn't seem so from "Going There" which she says expresses her real self.
She was, from the beginning, well suited to television: cute, and an extrovert with a great smile. Yes, she succeeded in a male-dominated field, but she seems to have played the game to do it. She has an off-putting double standard for men and women. She seems loath to criticize bad behavior in famous men, giving sort of a wink or a shrug to much of it in those she mentions (Sam Donaldson, Larry King, even Matt Lauer. Dinner with Jeffrey Epstein doesn't mean much other than to archly note how her boyfriend pointed out "how young" the women were. And how young were they? She doesn't say, or seem upset by being even tangentially part of his world.)
Most people who knew her from the Today Show remember how mean she was to Ann Curry who, by comparison to Couric, always seemed genuine. I never understood it--Curry, professional, beautiful, reserved--seemed no threat to Katie's dominance on "Today". But in this memoir, you can see she's just kind of mean to other women. It's no wonder that one of the young women Lauer abused told Curry (who reported it), but didn't tell Couric. What woman would trust Katie with something like that? Here, she seems to criticize Lauer just as much as she has to, while often blaming his victims for not being as strong and assertive as Katie is. She publishes her emails to Lauer--and his to her. Also shares private emails to her from others, also apparently without their permission. Another Mean Girl move.)
She's still mean to Curry here, repeating a "joke" Katie made at a Lauer roast even though she knew it hurt and humiliated Curry then. So let's do it again, for all time, in a book. (It was, btw, crude and unfunny even then.) She was hostile when Ashleigh Banfield got hired because Banfield was smart, pretty, and younger than Katie. She gets in digs at Deborah Norville, whom she permanently replaced when Norville went on maternity leave, for supposedly being unrelatable to viewers because of being so perfect. (It sounds like a compliment here. From Katie, it's not.)
She snits about Martha Stewart not having a sense of humor until she went to prison. And on it goes. She doesn't mentor anyone because what if they're better than she is? Even at CBS News, making top dollar at $15 mill a year, she has to still be the mean girl, head of the pack.
She even felt threatened when her husband, a lawyer, became a legal analyst on television. "He should stay in his lane," she thought. (Yes, she eventually tuned in to his illness and suggests she blames herself. But is it a pose or real remorse? With Katie, she discloses a lot of unflattering things, but her real feelings about them are hard to tell. And, yes, she's done good work to educate people about colorectal cancer and screenings. She does charitable cancer work. That's commendable, but also benefits her public image, which seems never far from her mind. Too harsh? Maybe. Maybe not.
What really put me off wasn't all her digs at other famous women. It was the way she took out after her daughter's nanny. She used a different name, but the real name is out now as the woman felt she needed to defend herself. Couric wrote such insulting descriptions of her (a woman who was basically "co-parenting" with her for three years, but who Couric concludes had developed an "unhealthy" role in the household, "making" Couric abnormally dependent on her.) It's all kind of weird, unflattering to both, but particularly to the nanny who, in interviews, has said much of it wasn't true, and has supplied her own unflattering descriptions of Katie.
Be that as it may, the nanny isn't a public figure with a best-selling book that millions will read and believe. It's a vintage mean girl move from Couric, but not surprising. As she often comes across here, Couric's self-centered, competitive, intellectually shallow, vain, petty and really -not- much of a "sweetheart".
There are few things that peeve me more than a puff piece trying to pass as a memoir, but I’ve been fortunate to read plenty that are the complete opposite of that, particularly this one. She’s not just giving a retelling of her life, she’s reflecting on it. It takes a humble person to be able to say they handled things wrong, and there are several instances of this in the book.
I feared that this would be a blood bath as it was portrayed by the media, but I really didn’t think she said anything really salacious. She was the harshest critic to herself, which is how a memoir should be. When did being honest about your perception of things turn into allegedly being intentionally mean or vile??
I can’t recommend this book enough