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Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  915 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
SHE’S JUST LIKE THE REST OF US : overstuffed purse, always losing keys, high-maintenance hair, snack guilt after an evening binge. But she’s something different, too.

Hoda Kotb grew up in two cultures—one where summers meant playing at the foot of the ancient pyramids and another where she had to meet her junior prom date at the local 7-Eleven to spare them both the wrath
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ebook, 288 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published October 7th 2010)
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Sue Seligman
Jul 22, 2011 Sue Seligman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who watches the Today show
Since I am home for the summer, I have occasionally tuned into the 4th hour of the Today Show with Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb...quite a difference from the earlier hard news focus of the first couple of hours. I was familiar with both correspondents, KLG from Regis, and Hoda from her work on Dateline. I admire Hoda and always enjoyed and learned from her pieces. She wrote this memoir about her life as a child of Egyptian immigrants and her journey from childhood through adulthood which enco ...more
Vickie
I have always like Hoda Kotb and this quick memoir made me like her even more. I really enjoyed her style of writing; I felt I was watching a "Dateline" episode from start to finish. This wasn't a look at how wonderful I am type of memoir. She shared all aspects of her life: from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs.

Two take-aways from Hoda: "Fall face up" and "Don't hog your journey"

Go Cards! L1C4!!
Donna McBroom-Theriot
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 ca
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Gretchen
Feb 16, 2013 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Hoda's on-air presence, especially her banter with Kathie Lee Gifford, one of my favorites. (don't hate, LOL!)
I picked up this book and read it quickly, devouring the pages devoted to her close-knit, Egyptian family. I was taken by the close relationship she had with her siblings, relationships that she has maintained into her adulthood.
Hoda and I are the same age, so I could relate to her stories of growing up and some of the cultural references she spoke about were familiar to
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Sue
Nov 12, 2011 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm only about 1/3 of the way into it. She can be very funny. I was impressed that it was only after 27 rejections that she got a news job on her 28th audition. Most people would have given up long before the 27th rejection. Skipped chapters on political assignments and sports stuff-just doesn't interest me. Overall, some sections were very funny, but generally boring. I hope to remember however, how the man on the plane told her not to hog her journey. He said she can go to her grave with her j ...more
Ann
Jan 02, 2016 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Nice, light fangirl stuff.
Taryn Stansbury
A fast read, it was so interesting reading about Hoda's life. Her career is everything I look for as a broadcast journalism major, just minus the heartbreak and cancer. An inspirational story, and even better that I got it signed!
Lisa A. Carlson
Aug 13, 2014 Lisa A. Carlson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
Shelves: memoir
The daughter of Egyptian parents; Emmy award winner Hoda Kotb has always been a refreshing presence in television reporting and now in the morning with KLG. Frankly, I tune into the 4th hour of the Today show just for her. Beautiful, intelligent, funny and self deprecating; this is her story thus far as she recently turned 50 in August. She shares her journey through her jobs in television, her personal struggles with marriage and cancer and she shares life with dear friends and family. There is ...more
Emily
Apr 21, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was scanning the shelves and came across this book. I really enjoyed this book, I only gave it 4 stars, because I like to reserve 5 stars for books I can't put down.

It was an easy read. I loved the sense of humor that Hoda has. I enjoyed all the jokes about her hair. It was fascinating to have a look behind the scenes for a news woman!

I especially like the message she got from a man on a plane, don't hog your journey. Think of how many others you could have helped on this plane by sharing your
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Patrice
Jun 19, 2011 Patrice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hoda seems to be a really nice person. She is bright, loyal, stable, kind. She doesn't gossip. She loves everyone. What a boring book!
Lori
So close to finishing what's nothing more than a vanity piece and never should've seen the light of day other than in the hands of family and friends. I like Hoda, but she's not funny, though she obviously thinks she is, and possibly could've been, had her "with" person done a good job. They didn't. It's a journalistically formatted book because that's how Hoda writes. Because that's who Hoda essentially is. A journalist. It also grew to be a huge annoyance in that every few pages she "endorsed" ...more
Kakali
Dec 04, 2015 Kakali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced and honest memoir of Hoda Kotb (Today show, Dateline NBC). Getting accepted to network news channel after 27 rejections, hilarious accounts of her 'bad hair days', her mom's obsession with her accomplishments, make it an enjoyable read. I especially liked Hoda's stories of under cover operations in Burma to interview Suu Kyi and in Pakistan to meet the courageous rape victim Mukhtaran Mai. The long standing impact a breast cancer diagnosis had on her life, and her on screen and behind ...more
Gaye Vaterlaus
Sep 05, 2014 Gaye Vaterlaus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy talking with people and this was like a mini-chat with Hoda. Positive, upbeat, not a tell all but a book I could pick up and put down and still feel involved. Sort of visiting with friends who you can pick up the same conversation with years later and it's like you've never been apart! I have not watched Hoda in her new role as a chairside host on the 4th hour of the Today show, instead I remember Hoda Kotb from great stories from overseas, distance reports and her take on the Internatio ...more
Connie
Sep 29, 2013 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Connie by: Washington Journalism and Media Conference
Shelves: favorites
HODA is about Hoda Kotb's rise to fame, and all the struggles she has had to face throughout her life, from making friends to surviving the world of journalism. The book is written with such passion that I truly felt like I was living my life with her as she recalled all these memories. I loved the writing style, and it helped me get through most of the flight home from the Washington Journalism and Media Conference that I attended last week. Hoda was a speaker there, and we were recommended to ...more
Cheryl
May 01, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been holding onto this book for a few weeks. I decided it was an easy day read and finished it in a few hours. It was slow moving at first but got interesting after she started talking about the different places she has been as a news correspondent. I had a good cry when she recounted her award winning piece she did on a young lady who participated in the Teach for America program for a year. I had a bad cry when she told about going back to her beloved New Orleans to report on the devastat ...more
Laura
Aug 09, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Hoda Kotb writes her inspirational autobiography in style.

I've always enjoyed watching Hoda on the Fourth Hour of the Today Show. She always seems lively and fun. She brings the same vivaciousness to her work, and especially to her life story. She goes through her years growing up, her family, her hair (oh how she talks about her hair. It's a part of her family), her search for a job and her way up through the ranks at NBC.

I'm usually not a big biography or autobiography person. I've tried to r
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Gwen
Nov 14, 2012 Gwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gwen by: browsing at the library
Shelves: biography-memoir
I so rarely am home for the 4th hour of The Today Show, but when I am home, I actually enjoy the mess that is the Kathie Lee and Hoda hour. But before reading this book, I had no idea who, exactly, Hoda Kotb was and how she became the person is--able to deal with Kathie Lee on a daily basis!

An easy read--I knocked off most of this book over dinner one night--but full of interesting tidbits gleaned from decades in broadcast journalism.

- The Times-Picayune of New Orleans began a post-Katrina proj
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Cathy Allen
I've always liked Hoda Kotb. She's smart and funny and different from the usual run of TV news readers. So I was glad that she wrote this little book... These kinds of memoirs from strong and successful women can be a pleasure to read and as long as I can avoid comparing myself unfavorably to the writer, there is usually something to learn.

Here's what I learned about Hoda: she was rejected 27 times before she landed her first job at a local TV station. Twenty seven times she put herself out the
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Patty
Feb 06, 2013 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got into biography/autobiography mood lately. My latest is NBC TV personality Hoda Kotb. Found out some interesting things, she is of Egyptian heritage, has survived breast cancer and is a very loyal friend.

Her journey from college journalism to co-host on the Today Show's fourth hour is quite a trip. She loves working with Kathy Lee Gifford, who she calls one of the hardest working people she knows! Although she mentions all of the other people who work on Today, she doesn't linger on them, thi
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Melanie
Feb 17, 2014 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed Hoda in the 4th hour of the Today show and didn't realize she'd been around so long as a reporter and on Dateline. I found the details of her life very interesting and I could hear her voice in every word of it. There were many moments that made me cry. I always liked her raw look on her breast cancer experience and going back to New Orleans for Katrina.

If you are a fan of Kotb or always wanted to be a reporter, I recommend this book! It was a very quick read.
Beverly
Jul 18, 2014 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hoda Kotb grew up in two cultures, summers playing at the pyramids and another where she met her junior prom date at the 7-Eleven to spare the wrath of her Egyptian parents. She’s traveled the globe for network television, smuggling videotapes in her shoes and stepping along roads riddled with land mines. She’s survived a divorce and breast cancer in the same year. Hoda's story is one of love, survival and heroism. Love it.
Nancy
Apr 29, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Hoda Kotb and watch the Today show daily so I've been interested in reading this awhile when I found it at a garage sale. I wasn't so fond of how this was written - jumping around a lot in time - and it wasn't as humorous as I expected given the title. But kudos to her for taking an awful hand - breast cancer & a cheating spouse in the same month! - and coming out on top of the world.
Margie Swanson
Hoda lets us look into what made her a journalist, news commentator and host of the Today show with Kathie Lee. There were so many stories of how dangerous journalism can be in the middle east. She has strong ties with her Egyptian family, yet born and raised in the USA, a real American Girl.
Marcia
I love watching Kathie Lee and Hoda on the Today show. this book was just like their hour, light, chatty and fun. I didn't know about Hoda's hard news background, and enjoyed her field stories, time in New Orleans, and behind the scenes look at Today. For fans.
phyllis shapiro
Mar 03, 2014 phyllis shapiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous read!

Fabulous read!

Watching Honda on tv has made me like her as my personal sunshine. Her quotes are helping me smile thru a tough time in my families journey. I'm trying to "fall face up!" Thank you Hoda.
Dana
Feb 16, 2014 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by Hoda's book. I didn't know much about her but her happiness and honesty makes reading about her feel intimate and familial. My year of reading biographies of women is off to a good start!
Judy Stasiak
Oct 12, 2014 Judy Stasiak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. My favorite part was hearing things from her perspective. When you see someone on TV you have this image of how things are for them, but hearing the other side was quite fascinating.
Gretchen
Feb 13, 2011 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mom read this book & gave it to me to read. Finished it on the plane during a work trip this weekend. LOVED it! I am a huge fan now & hope she writes another book. She is so normal & funny, she includes a great baklava recipe, and has some great advice that has been passed down to her over the years. Some of my faves -- "Fall on your back - because if you fall on your back, you can see up. And if you can see up, you can get up. And you can keep going and going and going and going. ...more
Andrea Macgregor
What a great book. Hoda Kotb is such a funny, genuine person.

I loved this book and will definitely read her other books. I also would like to meet her in person.
Leanna Christiansen
As much as I loved Hoda before this, she has become even more of an inspiration as a I finished it for her sunny outlook and humanized persona. She's just like the rest of us but at the same time has done and conquered many amazing things in her life and career. Full of inspirational quotes -- sure to make you smile.
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Hoda Kotb is an American television news anchor. Both of Kotb's parents are from Egypt. Along with her parents, she has also lived in Nigeria.
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