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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143918948X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439189481
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

To millions of loyal viewers, she’s “Hoda Woman,” Kathie Lee Gifford’s slightly more restrained sidekick on the fourth hour of the Today show. Still others know her as a correspondent for Dateline, for which she has traveled from Baghdad to Burma and covered everything from hot zones to hurricanes. Now Kotb tells her own story, beginning with her Egyptian immigrant parents’ embrace of the American dream right to her nightmare year battling breast cancer and dealing with divorce. Throughout, Kotb’s voice is as infectiously enthusiastic as her trademark smile, each episode imbued with stalwart courage and sincere charm. From her fondness for the music of James Taylor to her fierce loyalty to New Orleans, Kotb’s memoir of life on the road, on the air, and in the trenches is not only an absorbing inside look at the high-speed world of high-stakes journalism, it is also one charismatic woman’s story of how a can-do attitude and caring family have provided the foundation and support for an exhilarating life. --Carol Haggas

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“Hoda Kotb is a wonderful storyteller. Hilarious, honest and inspiring, you will marvel as she describes her family's roots in Egypt, and their American sojourn which leads her to the career of her dreams. This book is a manual for overcoming obstacles and living life with passion and purpose. I loved it. Hoda is the working girl’s Cleopatra. She rules!”
—Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of Brava, Valentine and Lucia, Lucia

“This is the Hoda I know. She’s written this book the way she lives: out loud and up-front. She has written about the stuff of all of our lives. . . love, loss. . . and what she wore!”
—Brian Williams, anchor of NBC Nightly News

Kinda kooky, Open and outrageous, Tremendously talented, Born to write. . .Kotb’s voice is as distinctive as her name. Hoda’s life story makes for a great read. Hurry out and get your ‘kotb’ today!”
—Meredith Viera, cohost of NBC’s The Today Show

“It ain’t all about the reporting y’all. Ain’t nothin’ that can stop Hoda. This gal has more guts than a super hero. She does it all and she does it with class. Now she has a delicious book on her hands. Next, we’ll use those super powers to teach her how to cook!”
—Paula Deen, New York Times bestselling author of Paula Deen's The Deen Family Cookbook

"A smart, striking, and sassy memoir. Despite her extraordinary life and success, Hoda Kotb is as real as they come, and if I can’t be her, I at least want to read about her. You won’t know whether to laugh or cry (I did plenty of both), but Hoda’s stories—like the woman behind them—are guaranteed to charm and inspire."
—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and Heart of the Matter

“Hoda writes the way she lives: honestly, intelligently and beautifully. No matter how her hair looks. And the reader can tell no matter what she’s sharing at the moment that she is smiling that big Hoda smile. You will too.”
—Kathie Lee Gifford, New York Times bestselling author of Just When I Thought I'd Dropped My Last Egg: Life and Other Calamities

“I love Hoda. She’s reported on the most dangerous, history-making stories of our time; made it to the Today show; survived cancer; survived a bad marriage, and she’s the only woman with more opinions than me. Who cares? You will after reading the first sentence of this page-turning memoir.”
—Joan Rivers

"Kotb’s voice is as infectiously enthusiastic as her trademark smile, each episode imbued with stalwart courage and sincere charm. From her fondness for the music of James Taylor to her fierce loyalty to New Orleans, Kotb’s memoir of life on the road, on the air, and in the trenches is not only an absorbing inside look at the highspeed world of high-stakes journalism, it is also one charismatic woman’s story of how a can-do attitude and caring family have provided the foundation and support for an exhilarating life."
--Booklist

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By rmcrae on October 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The year 2007 was one of the worst for Today Show co-host Hoda Kotb. Not only did she discover her husband's infidelity, but she was also diagnosed with breast cancer. A real nightmare. However, those hard times gave her a confidence she'd never known she'd had before. Her mantra became "you can't scare me!" and she took life by the horns. Her memoir not only details that difficult part of her life, but also her upbringing by her loving Egyptian immigrant parents, covering big stories like Hurricane Katrina, and playfully duking it out every morning with her co-host Kathie Lee. You'll guffaw (she's REALLY FUNNY!), tear up, and smile. Keep on goin', Hoda!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BAGH on November 8, 2010
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I have always admired Hoda Kotb, ever since she was a reporter in our city of New Orleans -- everyone loved Hoda. Her voice and her smile are always genuine whether on air, on the sidewalk, and now in her book.

It was interesting to learn about the education and leadership of Hoda's family in Eqypt and in the USA. The reader really gets to know her and enjoy her family relationships, especially her Mom who is quite a character and generously shares her recipes too. Hoda's crisis with cancer is inspirational and educational, while further deepening the support and relationship with her family.

Everyone can identify at some time with Hoda. For example, being an African American woman, I sure could identify with her hair woes as an Egyptian woman. Sibling relationships, typical sneaky teen episodes, and cultural clashes were insightful as well as fun.

Despite some of the lightheartedness, her strong character is clearly revealed. She was appropriately forthcoming about her failed marriage, but with the decency not to reveal her ex-husband's name which says a lot about her character and civility. Her crisis with breast cancer is inspirational and educational. On the subject of Katrina, I greatly appreciated her unbiased reporting while expressing her love for the City and its citizens.

There were episodes so down right hilarious that I had to laugh out loud. This is a good read, and I learned a great deal about the media and reporting from inside the profession. Through HOda's generosity and insight, I even got to like Kathy Lee Gifford!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Donna McBroom-Theriot on July 23, 2011
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I have had many opportunities to be in the same room, at the same function, and to speak with Hoda Kotb throughout the last seventeen years or so. She has been the guest at many club functions and the guest speaker at others.

I can still remember my first encounter with Hoda. I met up with her to escort her to an event that I was chairing where she had agreed to be the guest speaker. She was so bubbly and friendly, and was never quiet! If she wasn't talking, she was humming. She immediately captivated me. She has the ability to draw an audience in and hold them captive, no one wants to miss a word of what she is saying.

So, when she mentioned her book on the Today Show, I knew there was no way I was not going to read it. When I picked up the book to read it, before I even opened the cover, I was hoping that it would be like having a conversation with her. I was not disappointed. Her humor comes through ten-fold. It was like catching up with an old friend. So, Hoda, if you ever come across my review, I am a friend of Laura's (in South Louisiana because I'm sure you will not remember me!)

I hope you enjoyed the quotes (I wanted to quote the entire book) and it makes you want to pick up the book and read it. If you enjoy watching Hoda on the Today Show, you will enjoy reading this book.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Marcia L. Chevalier on October 14, 2010
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Hoda woman ... you did good ... one minute I was laughing so hard I thought I was going to be incontinent. But then I went on to discover another chapter that caused tears of pain. Reconciling the two emotional reactions was made less difficult by your admontion ... you can't scare me! Great read ... cleverly honet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Nicole on February 3, 2011
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I love this book. Hoda is so much fun and is every women's girlfriend. I read this book while in the hospital, caring for my mom who has liver cancer. This made me laugh and gasp with shock. It also made me feel for others and get me out of my own pity party for my mother. I highly recommend it for women to read...not so much for men.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Ballinger on April 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What is wrong with these people who wrote bad (1-star) reviews?? Are you kidding me? This was just a very enjoyable light read book about a woman involved in the news industry who wanted to reveal a bit about her journey to where she is now and how she endured the many things along the way which helped shape the news journalist and woman that she has become. Hoda makes it perfectly clear in the beginning of the book that she does not want to dwell on her ex-husband (for those who reviewed that she doesn't give enough details about her marriage) because "he does not deserve the ink." She said this book is about the specific things that occurred in her life and the support of her family that helped shape her journey to where and who she is today. For those reviewers who complained that Hoda spends too much time on the details of her job with the 'Today Show' and her cancer - that is because these are the main things that she felt contributed to the woman she is today. She explains all of this in the Foreward of her book. For those who complain that she doesn't dish enough on other aspects of her life, she gives the reasons why. Obviously, these reviewers skipped the Foreward! It's not a 5-star book but really? A 1-star book? No! This is a quick read where you will laugh, sympathize, and root for the author! You don't have to be a huge fan of Hoda Kotb to read this book - this is just an enjoyable book!
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