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Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I am One.

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,187 ratings  ·  283 reviews
ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee pulls back the curtain on her life in Natural Disaster. Ginger grew up in small-town Michigan where she developed an obsession with weather as a young girl. Ginger opens up about her lifelong battle with crippling depression, her romances that range from misguided to dangerous, and her tumultuous professional path. This cyclone of st ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Kingswell
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Jeanette
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's closer to 2.5 star. The first 5 to 7 pages are a metaphor for her condition and natural disasters (flood, hurricane, tornado- weather extremes of blizzard etc.). And if the book would have stayed more in the core of the issue of her depression and drama seeking in turns- then it could have been much better.

But instead it is a memoir of her life and career in weather TV. And that was interesting to me as I'm exactly on her own patch and in nearly every location geographically. Solidly rememb
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Jeni
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book! See list below for reasons why.

1. You can take a girl out of the Midwest, but you can't take the Midwest out of the girl! if you're from this area of the country, you know exactly what I mean by that and no further explanation is needed. If you're not from our neck of the woods, I'll just say this: her kindness and Midwestern values are splashed all over her story! I love that Ginger has lived and traveled all over the place, but she stays true to her Mitten roots.
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Laura
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book has been touted as being about depression. It is not about depression. Ginger Zee undoubtedly has experienced depression, and acknowledging it here helps to lessen the stigma, but that’s not the main topic of this memoir.

It is a memoir of her career journey, sometimes sad and sometimes funny. For me it was a bit too much of a brag fest. Basically it was an inoffensive, fast read, and if you have a mad passion for Ginger Zee you will probably love it. I read it in the hope of gaining mo
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Camille Maio
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
What a refreshing book! I don't often read memoirs, but I found this one on a table at Book Expo America and was intrigued by the title/tag line - Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I am One. Ginger Zee takes us through a journey not only of her love for meteorology, but of all the bumps and bruises that accompanied her on this path in life. I had not watched her on television before, but will look for her in the future.
Jackie
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read, e-books
I've been a fan of Ginger Zee since she first came on the GMA scene. Intelligent, upbeat, pretty and adventurous is the persona she has embraced on the show. Like many viewers, I was surprised when she came out with this book declaring she was a natural disaster and had fought depression and eating disorders because she seems so polar opposite of that. At the same time, that's TV magic for you and as a viewer you really don't know the reality behind the scenes.

This book reads very much like the
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Brandi West
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
After a hurricane comes a rainbow...and that rainbow is Ginger Zee. I really enjoyed Ginger's honest voice, endearing personality, and self discovery in this book. She simply but charmingly tells the story of her humble beginnings in Michigan, her climb to her dream job at GMA, understanding herself, discovering true love, and becoming a mother. Before reading this book, I was not familiar with Ginger, but after reading this I am a big fan. Ginger's openness and gratitude for her natural disaste ...more
Margaret Farrell
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable! Great to hear from a mega successful person so open about her mental health struggles.
Roxanne
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of Ginger's but this book was not what I expected.

When she did her book tour, she shared how the book started out with her entering a mental health hospital ten days before starting her job at ABC news. I had expected much more information about her issues with mental illness. She barely touched the topic. And when she did, it was so brief and "vanilla" that I think she did an injustice to the issue. On page 282 she states "There are so many forms of depression so by no means do
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Cristie Underwood
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a viewer of Good Morning America, I was surprised when Ginger was discussing her book and disclosed that she has depression. She always seems so positive and upbeat. I suffer from severe anxiety and depression and felt an immediate curiosity about her struggles. This book is honest and truly captures how all-consuming depression can be. Ginger’s honesty when it came to past missteps in her life and career were so relatable to me, as I have also sabotaged myself at times. Ginger gives insight ...more
Chi-Chi
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed, zbox-2018
I love this bio. Ginger is eloquent, honest and engaging. It was amazing to read about how she changed over the course of her life and learned, and grew, from her mistakes. I honestly wasn't familiar with her work on ABC, but definitely a fan now!
Tina Eckenroth
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Quick read. Nice to know more about her, but would not recommend to anyone. Average.
Karynn
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love Ginger Zee and I wish I could say that about the book. I’m sure it was therapeutic for her to write but not so therapeutic for me to read. Not awful but just ok.
Jennifer
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I have been watching Good Morning America for years and would never have known about Ginger's mental health struggles. As a therapist I am always so thankful when people share their stories of mental health and addiction with others - helps to normalize and remove some of the stigma. Ginger read the audio and I thought she did a great job.
Jessica Stumpf
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An easy read and most likely relatable to most women in one way or another. Enjoyed it.
Amy Lynn
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great auto bio creates a more relatable feel to Ginger Zee. She opens up about her health and life. What leads her to be a meteorologist and her path to her current career.
Sarah Costello
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Written in a great tone. Neat to read about her real life journey of achieving her career goals as well as dealing with depression. She makes fun of herself often which keeps the book light!
Joyanne
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
It was interesting to read about Ginger Zee's road to becoming a meteorologist for Good Morning America and some of her struggles along the way. Overall, I thought the term "Natural Disaster" was simultaneously used too often and then also not in a consistent enough manner. I had a little trouble following the timeline of events as well because Ginger would reminisce and then jump back into more contemporary events and then go back in time to a different experience that marked her in some way an ...more
Beth Snyder
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A slow start, but all in all a great read. Any watcher of Good Morning America should enjoy learning about Ginger Zee.
Amber Spencer
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is hard to be so honest sometimes, but I felt that from her in this book. Working through her own personal demons and coming into a time of life where she loves life and herself was familiar and felt real. Everyone has their “stuff” to deal with, but sharing can be one of the best places to start clearing through it and figuring out who we truly are.
Beth
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
“Ginger opens up about her lifelong battle with crippling depression, her romances that range from misguided to dangerous, and her tumultuous professional path. ”

A friend gave me this book and asked that I let her know what I thought.

I had a few chuckles but mostly just read along and tried to stay focused. I found it a little distracting that the book doesn’t flow in chronological order. Ginger doesn’t really go into much detail about her depression. She does talk about it but not in a way tha
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Jamie
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
A memoir that reminds you that what you see is not the whole story. On TV Ginger Z has always looked so perky and pulled together. Her story reveals that she has had struggles with depression. It was inspiring to read how she has tackled her battles head-on and has become a stronger woman on her journey.
Gina Place
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I did not want this book to end but couldn't stop myself from reading. I love Ginger Zee, she is smart, well dressed, and seems like a all around great person that's what drew me to this book. But like all of us she is not perfect , she has battles she must conquer and still smile for us everyday on live tv. She is not only a professional but she is a wife and mother that is strong and adventurous. This book highlights her struggle with depression, self destruction and her adventures while makin ...more
Sara Brady
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'd heard negative reviews about this book but wanted to read it anyways. I found it very enjoyable and I truly learned a lot about working in meteorology! Ginger is refreshingly raw and it was a pleasure to learn her story.
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
5 STARS!

This read was something I've been looking forward to since I heard that Ginger was coming out with a book about Depression. I think we often think that if someone is in the spotlight and they have a lot of money that their life isn't tough but that's not the reality. It's refreshing when a celebrity opens up about a struggle that people face everyday.

"Ten Days before I started my job at ABC News, I checked myself into a mental health hospital"

Boom. Ginger comes out with rawness and real
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Tracy
May 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I do not watch Good Morning America. I do not watch Dancing with the Stars. I could not pick Ginger Zee out of a lineup. So why did I read this book? I grew up in Grand Rapids/Rockford, Michigan, where Ginger grew up, and the description of the book made it seem where she grew up played a significant role in her life. My curiosity was piqued.

I don't know if she had a ghostwriter. The tone was a little bit ditsy/juvenile and she gives only a superficial account of her therapy in the m
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Kathy
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this memoir because I really like Ginger Zee. But something wasn't doing it for me. While I appreciated the rawness of the material and her candor, I think something about the way this memoir was organized made it feel a bit abrasive to me. That feeling started early on and never left. I'm not going to lie, I think knowing more about Ginger really helps me see her more as a person now and not just as a meterologist, which is a huge plus to this, but I almost feel like I k ...more
Katelyn
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir-biography
Let me start off by saying that I am a HUGE weather nerd. My dream job would be a meteorologist. So I was super excited to read Ginger Zee's book. This was a very real and honest book and I enjoyed it. She does not hold back when discussing her troubled past and some of the scary experiences that have helped shape her. I loved the weather portions, of course, and her natural disaster metaphor was spot on. The only complaint I have is that she used this metaphor on just about every other page of ...more
Elennart
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a fellow meteorologist, I was really excited to read this book. I appreciate how raw and real Ginger was when sharing her story, and I really loved hearing her read it via Audible. It goes through all of the emotions - battling depression and eating disorders, surviving the initial hell of the broadcast industry (trying to get your first "break"), the haters that come with being a broadcast meteorologist, mom life, divorce, relationship struggles, success, etc. I had no idea that she had such ...more
Marika
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
Who would guess that Ginger, the ABC News chief meteorologist, suffered for years with depression?
Michigan's own Ginger Zee writes about her battle with crippling depression and how she sought the help for it. Ginger sheds light on mental health and books like hers are helping to reduce the stigma associated with suffering from any mental disorder.
This is a quick read and a refreshing read as the author does not take herself seriously.
Hollie Otterman
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book...

Ginger Zee... I see her on GMA on my one day off, but have never understood her story. In this book, she’s a straight shooter - she does not mince words. She is picture perfect proof that someone you might see on TV, might not be so perfect. We all have struggled... and she makes you feel that you don’t have to apologize for chaos, or the choices you have made along the way. ❤
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