• Going There

  • By: Katie Couric
  • Narrated by: Katie Couric
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,788 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This heartbreaking, hilarious, and brutally honest memoir shares the deeply personal life story of a girl next door and her transformation into a 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 chapters, you will find a friend, a confidante, a role model, a survivor whose lessons about life will enrich your own.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Katie Couric (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

Going There is jam-packed with honesty, humor, and helpful advice for every woman blazing her own path. I admired Katie Couric before, but after reading Going There, I absolutely love her. When you read about the real Katie in these pages, you will too.” (Glennon Doyle, author of the number one best seller Untamed and host of the We Can Do Hard Things podcast)

“Couric's actual living voice - one of the most human and wise of our times - is on every single line of this memoir, but "memoir" is reductive. This is memoir as time capsule, memoir as therapy session, memoir as masterpiece. Memoir as Necessity. It is aggressively, gorgeously human,  the very book we needed for this time. You will feel thankful, as though Katie Couric has been an angel on your shoulder, she's been with you this whole time, and now, thank God, she's ready to show you the other side.” (Lisa Taddeo, best-selling author of Three Women)

“The secret to Katie Couric’s success is that there are no secrets. While the dogged determination she has called upon her whole life is  an invaluable asset, there are other ingredients in Katie’s not-so-secret sauce: humor, concern, sincerity, steadfastness, and devotion to her daughters, family, and friends. If Katie is "going there," no matter where “there” is, we’re along for the ride.” (Michael J. Fox, best-selling author of No Time Like the Future)

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Walk Down Memory Lane 4 Me

???Name Dropping??? What's wrong with some reviewers? These are the people Katie Couric associated with! Not everyone rubs shoulders with people Katie knew. So reading about her life is an honor to be apart of. I thoroughly enjoyed her Memories. It reminded me of all my history during those years and brought back events I'd forgotten. I enjoyed her candid retelling, her honesty, her sense of humor, her drive to be best journalist she could be, and her relationships with friends and family. Thanks for the Memories & the Sharing!

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Worst Ever

I have read a lot of memoirs and some are great and some so-so.

The book by Katie Couric is plain awful. The two things that I can say clearly is that Couric excels at name dropping. No, I mean serious name dropping. It became almost funny.

The second observation is that of all the people Ms. Couric calls out for being narcissistic, she would do well to meet the Chief Narcissist by looking in the mirror and have a one-on-one with her soul.

This is the hands down WORST book I have read in 2021 and I listen and read a lot.

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imho -IT'S ALL ABOUT INTEGRITY

all about her ego.

and to treat ruth bader ginsburg with such disrespect.

katie couric comes off as a pretty shallow person.

this is going back

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Great book.

Katie Couric is a lightening rod. Some people disagree with her, and some people agree. Some reviews I have read of this book call her names, which is beneath both Katie and whoever wrote them. This book tells the story of a woman that has been through traumatic experiences while trying to be America's sweetheart. I didn't watch the Today Show and was almost completely unaware of the author. The painstaking detail in this book and the way it was narrated make it one of the best autobiographies I ever read. I think most people would like the small clips of events as they happened. You really get to know not only Katie, but her entire family. The traumatic experiences she went through take up about 20 percent of the book. So if you are not into that kind of thing, I would recommend not reading it. The author decided to tell the truth as she sees it without fear or favor. As a journalist I think she did a good job. I would recommend this book to any person who likes to read memoirs and can be open minded while doing so. The book is perfectly narrated and tells a great story.

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Yep....she is going there

I have always loved Katie and I love her even more now. She is honest and bold. I love hearing the names that she is dropping....these were the people that she associated with. What I loved most of all was hearing her relationships with her family especially her dad. She has had incredible success and more than her share of sadness. She tackles all of the issues of our time and I think that she handles all of them well including her handling of the Me Too era.

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Interesting Read

I always enjoyed watching Katie Couric. Funny,cute, seemingly someone who was real and relatable. This book is her telling her life story.... The first half of the book was really great. Katie giving a blow by blow of her upbringing, college days and then her ambitious and determined mindset to make it in the news business. Then the meeting of her first husband Jay. Their courtship, marriage, kids and her big break with the Today all happening in the midst..... It seems obvious to me after reading the entire book that her union with Jay Monahan was what likely helped her get to a place where a Today Show opportunity would work out to be the career making opportunity it was. When her husband was diagnosed with cancer, i began to see who Katie Couric really was. An Opportunist who believes her own hype...It is not to say she did not love this man, she did everything a spouse with connections would do to get the best doctors involved in his treatment... What struck me was knowing he was going to die she never thought to take leave from work to be with him and her kids in his last months...After his death and her tenure at Today, the rest of the book reads like a women who is listening to all the " yes" people around her taking mis-step after mis-step. Hard news person is what Katie describes herself during the entire book, but as " the demographic" i would not think of Couric as a hard news person. She was more a personality who does some good news stories.... Lara Logan is hard news... Couric not so much...Still an enjoyable read though. Juicy stuff

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I’m so sad that I respected and really liked Katie

Crap. My instinct about who she is - wrong. I connected with what I thought was her heart. What I now have verified- listening to her voice- her self centered personality. I’m so mad at my own perception. Katy is a performer with self absorbed goals. I made a sad decision and worse— I exposed my daughter to your morning show for her first 10 years-. We are heartbroken and so dissolutioned. Damn it! I guess her $10 million-$20 million act is just empty acting. I hate that we believed in Katie.

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So disappointed with Katie’s reading of her own story

Seems disconnected. She’s reading a story… But it’s HER story and it’s not like she’s “telling” her story.. probably a better book to read on your own.

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I liked her until I heard her story

Manipulative, insincere , insensitive and power hungry
I was saddened to learn more about her. She is a jerk and egotistical manipulative maniac. It was hard to get through this book. She is quintessential narcissistic person YUCK . I was such a fan of hers for years- not anymore very disappointed to learn more about her. The more I read the more I disliked her.

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Interesting and inspiring!

Very candid and informative book. I had no idea of the extent to which media organizations compete for stories, and all of the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes. I’m shocked at the level of stress and vitriol Katie has endured during her career.

Mostly, I love how Katie talks about her perseverance to enter the field, how she was not a natural, and that despite negative feedback from bosses that would have scared off most, she did not give up, she worked and worked until she achieved her goals. This is such an important reminder for us all, and in particular for young people.

It’s a courageous book—Katie reveals herself, flaws and all, and she is so very relatable. Highly recommend!

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