All Things at Once
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All Things at Once

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by Mika Brzezinski
     
 

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As the co-host of MSNBC’s popular morning show Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski has established herself a leading political news journalist and beloved television personality. She daily interviews world leaders—Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain—and discusses the major events of the day with  guests like Tom Brokaw, Dan

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As the co-host of MSNBC’s popular morning show Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski has established herself a leading political news journalist and beloved television personality. She daily interviews world leaders—Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain—and discusses the major events of the day with  guests like Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Maureen Dowd, and Tom Friedman.

But success hasn’t always come easy for Mika. Growing up the only daughter of a former National Security Advisor, she struggled to find an identity in a family of over-achievers. She found her dream job early on and was hailed as the “It Girl” of CBS, only to be fired just a few short years later. After an unsuccessful stint as a stay-at-home mom, Mika went back to the workplace with encouragement from her 8-year-old daughter. She took a job that seemed a long-shot at best, and against all odds achieved the greatest success of her career. Now, in a time when many women are losing their jobs or struggling to find the perfect balance between work and home, Mika guides women of all ages to a place where they can find peace and fulfillment in their lives.

All Things at Once is a motivational book aimed at women, based on Mika’s own personal and professional triumphs and failures—all of which have led her to her current position as one of television’s most outspoken and respected journalists. Blending the personal with the prescriptive, Brzezinski’s book will address the perpetual question of “having it all” when it comes to work and family; the importance of remaining equally humble in the face of great success and seemingly devastating setbacks; as well as the necessity of knowing and embracing our limitations so that we may transcend them.

In the tradition of Gail Sheehy’s classic Passages, this illuminating book shows women how to reach their full potential in all areas of life, and at every stage of their journey. Readers will recognize their friends, their mothers, their daughters, and themselves in this refreshingly honest memoir.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her second year as cohost of MSNBC's Morning Joe, TV news veteran Brzezinski is on fire, after enduring her share of professional setbacks and personal hardships. In this straightforward, frank account of her career trajectory, Brzezinski, the daughter of President Carter's national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, does not bother to disguise her hard-fought ambition to secure a top news anchor position or hide the fact that she is not satisfied (nor very good at) being a stay-at-home mom of two daughters. From the beginning of her TV career, working her way up at local affiliates in Hartford, to her big break, getting hired in 1997 for an overnight CBS network anchor program in New York, Up to the Minute, the author resolved to make the frantic pace work, despite the increasing toll the late hours and absences from her family were taking. Distracted, pressured to return too early to work after the birth of her second child and exhausted, she took a bad fall down the stairs of her Yonkers home while holding her infant. The trauma scared her into slowing down, but not for long. Opportunity has seasoned Brzezinski but not hardened her, and having found her venue and voice with Morning Joe, she shares a refreshingly pragmatic approach for the professional woman: don't wait to have children and don't let your job treat you like a bad boyfriend. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
The MSNBC personality writes about her roller-coaster career in TV news. Since 2007, Brzezinski has gained notoriety as Joe Scarborough's moderate sidekick on Morning Joe, but her defining moment as a journalist came, ironically, during June that year, when Paris Hilton was released from jail. Asked repeatedly to deliver that bit of infotainment as the lead headline, Brzezinski refused and promptly hopped off her anchor's chair and shredded the story. How she reached the point of such gutsy on-air defiance is the main subject of her memoir. "My one abiding thought," she writes, "was, Look, I'm forty years old, and I've been doing this a long time, and I can't pretend that this is news . . . I thought, You know what? Fire me. Go ahead. Like I'm scared of that happening again. And underneath that thought was another: This feels good." The youngest of three siblings, Brzezinski grew up in the charmed shadow of her famous parents, Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter, and Emilie Benes Brzezinski, an accomplished sculptor. Though the author says that her familial role was often that of "keeping the conversation going," an important early lesson she learned from her mother and grandmother was that she could accomplish anything. Her ambition set her on the road to a major anchoring job, finding the right husband and raising children. Along the way, when she rose to the top at CBS News only to be fired and end up unemployed for more than a year, Brzezinski says the lesson she has gleaned is "pace yourself." While the author seeks to advise women on negotiating the charged family-career divide, the most memorable moments are those in which Brzezinski simply tells herstory, displaying her struggles and achievements as a journalist, wife and mother. An intriguing account sure to interest working women and news junkies alike. Confirmed appearance on the Today Show. Agent: Mel Berger/William Morris Endeavor

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602861114
Publisher:
Weinstein Books
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
624,147
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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