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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 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
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
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2011
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Easy read. I laughed and I cried. This was not a book I started to read and couldn't put down, but it was one that when I had a few minutes, I read a chapter or two. To read her words is like listening to her talk and tell a story. She doesn't get all tangled up in too many words trying to impress you. She writes her book like you'd like to have your friend tell you a story of what happened to her that day. Inspirational and motivational.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2011
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...a book written by a journalist to be good. not sure I was quite ready to feel ALL the emotions she pulled out of me when I read about Katrina...breast cancer...her hair...omg her hair stories. I might be a white chick, but I can SOO feel her pain!
buy this book. READ this book. lend it out under threat of harm if it's not returned. it's sooo good. hard to put down, so make yourself try to make it last!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2012
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I knew I liked Hoda when I started to watch her on the Today Show with Kathi Lee... but I never thought she would be as inspiring as she is. I have been in a dark place for the last few months and reading her book truly has inspired me to get up and move on and move out and take my own life in my hands and make of it what I want and dream.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2011
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After having watching Hoda on TV news and, more recently, the fourth hour of Today with Kathi Lee Gifford, I just had to buy her book for my Kindle.
She tells about her parents, siblings, ex-husband and co-star. Hoda even lets her hair down by explaining how hard her mane is to manage!
I cried when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and I laughed when she told about the elderly Black woman who said, "What is you?" in the beginning of the book. She may have Egyptian blood, but she's the all-American girl, warts and all, who isn't afraid to put it all down in writing for the world to see -- and enjoy!
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