All Things at Once

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As the co-host of MSNBC's popular show Morning Foe, Mika Brzezinski has established herself as a leading political news journalist and beloved television personality. But success hasn't always come easy for Mika. Growing up, she struggled to find an identity in a family of overachievers. She worked her way up the ranks of network television, reaching the very top of the ladder, only to be let go less than a year later. After an unsuccessful stint as a stay-at-home mom, Mika went back to the workplace with ...

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Overview

As the co-host of MSNBC's popular show Morning Foe, Mika Brzezinski has established herself as a leading political news journalist and beloved television personality. But success hasn't always come easy for Mika. Growing up, she struggled to find an identity in a family of overachievers. She worked her way up the ranks of network television, reaching the very top of the ladder, only to be let go less than a year later. After an unsuccessful stint as a stay-at-home mom, Mika went back to the workplace with encouragement from her eight-year-old daughter. She started all over again with a beginner's job at age forty-a step back that proved to be a brilliant career move. 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 lasting peace and fulfillment in their lives.

All Things At Once addresses the perpetual question of how to "have 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. Brimming with insight and humor, it is a story for all women, at every stage of their journey, as they strive to reach their full potential.

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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: 9781602861275
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 472,094
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mika Brzezinski

Mika Brzezinski is a co-host of Morning Joe and co-host of The Joe Scarborough Show with Mika Brzezinski, a national radio program distributed by Citadel Media. She is the daughter of former National Security Advisor and foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski. She is the mother of two children, and has been married for 15 years to a journalist at ABC.

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Table of Contents

Cold Open: October 30, 1998-Yonkers, New York xiii

Intro: Sometimes You Have to Take a Step Back 1

1 The Secret Shapes of Trees 13

2 Adventures in Television 45

3 Up to the Minute 65

4 Falling 93

5 Turning the Page 117

6 Blink of an Eye 143

7 Lost...and Found 177

8 The Biggest Step Back of All 197

9 Finding My Voice 217

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    I don't always agree with Mika but her book provides great insight

    Buy this book - for your mother, daughter, granddaughter, for anyone who wants to be a journalist. I watch Morning Joe and would get frustrated with him and Willie making fun of her, being referred to as Mommy, pill & drinking teasing. My 35 year old professor daughter got upset with this book because she is telling women that we can't really have it all. My daughter did not read this book. What Mika is trying to communicate is that some of us prefer to work and still love our kids. Yes, she is privileged with having a good husband but she is authentic and knows who she is. That alone is a good reason to read this book. This book even gave me a better opinion of Joe Scarbourough. Mika makes me think that there is hope for all of us, as women and as men, to follow our heart and just do the right thing.....

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    I love Mika Brzezinski!

    I watch Mika daily on Morning Joe and have long admired her intelligence, wit, and balanced presentation and discussion of the news. Reading her book gives me even more to admire. She is an accomplished and wise woman who is brave enough to reveal the difficult life experiences it took to acquire that life wisdom. Her book is inspiring to those of us who juggle the same demands in life--work, kids, husbands, career goals, lack of sleep, self-doubt--and she's not afraid to state her opinions. Mika is someone I'd love to sit down and have coffee with! Loved the book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    great to know more about Mika

    My husband and I enjoy Morning Joe very much. With multiple hosts and guest speaking, Mika doesn't always get to speak as much as I'd like. She's very level headed and keeps her cool. I enjoyed her biography and her honesty in how she dealt with setbacks in her life. Go Mika! PS: I'm a Republican.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2010

    You have to read it!

    Great book: touching, honest and inspirational. I watch "Morning Joe"everyday, I love the stimulating conversations ( particularly Mika's opinions) and waited for this book to be published. It exceeded my expectations.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    One half of "Moaning Joke!"

    Ms Brzezinski's ghosted memoir is much like her on-screen personality. Shrill, condescending, unrewarding.

    On a daily basis, she's berated by a table of unevolved white men.

    She has no self-respect. A poor example for my daughter and nieces.

    4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Mika's as witty on the page as she is on Morning Joe

    For many months I've been watching Morning Joe on MSNBC. Joe, Mika, Willy & the gaggle of long & short term guests seem to relish in the verbal sparing that is the hallmark of the show. I've come to appreciate Mika's strong personality along with her classy style. Shortly before an international trip I saw that she had a book released. I snatched it up to keep me company on the plane in the airport during transfers. It was so engaging I couldn't put it down & finished long before I arrived home. I told my husband about the Brzezinski's serving Road Kill for dinner and he howled at my recount of the story about as much as I did reading it. The beginning chapters of Mika's childhood were so much fun to read; wish I could have visited them on their property in Virginia. I found Mika's recount of her struggle to balance her growing family with her career aspirations refreshing. I appreciate that she encourages women to not put off marraige & children until they've 'made it' in their chosen profession. All in all the book was well written and a great read. Oh, my husband has picked up the book to read about the Brzezinskis for himself.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    all things at once

    i watch her oon morning, joe so i was very interested in the book.
    i found the book to be good on the covering of her early years with
    her parents and brothers. the field she is in seems to by very hard
    and you really have to want it.
    her daughters are cute and the pictures make the book complete.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    All Things at Once by Mika

    I liked it very much, but I like Mika and watch her on TV every morning, even tho she comes on at 3:00 a.m. on the West Coast. She is honest and I would like my granddaughter to read it, so she would understand you really can't have all things at once, without paying a price.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    All Things at Once

    Mika's book is inspiring, a great book for gift giving. I find her writing style quite riveting, once you start reading, you can't put it down. It's been a long time since I've been moved by a book. I watch Mika on Morning Joe, her personality carries over to her book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I loved this book.

    I think the show should be called Mika in the Morning. She has a great story to share and is a terrific role model.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    The Munsters meet Mary Tyler Moore

    This boook is pretty good; however it can be dived into three sections:
    the first Mika's childhood can be described as a munster/adams family childhood (with deer in the bathtub, horses in for dinner, roadkill at dinner).
    The second part is Mikas "making it" phase; in this phase Mika describes her trying to make it in television by taking on any and every assignment from the ghetto to the parlours to the highest offices of power/privilege, in radio and with her male colleagues who she wants to make it as a wife.
    The third phase is Mikas Mary Tyler Moore phase, where her frenetic and frantic phase is over. This phase lasts to the end of the book. In this phase Mika redeems herself from a woman on the make and making it to a self respecting journalist/reporter. And this transformation is possible through the gentle guidance of "Morning Joe" and his crew. In this phase Mika redeems herself and her career. However, one can almost hear Mika salivating at the thought of taking over Morning Joes job and making him toast.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Wonderful read

    Great book-great lady.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Amust read

    Lovethis book and love mika and all morning joe gang

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    All by myself (and I did it my way)

    In Mika Brzenski's "All things at once" which details Mika's childhood and adult hood, despite her "aw geez, I am not as smart as my father or brothers" or "gee, my brothers are way smarter than me", I was struck by how organized and how-um-totally controlling of her life she was. From a very early age she set goals for herself. "At such and such an age I am going to be married" At such and such an age I am going to have children"--she even forecasts (correctly) what age she was going to be fired ("a year ahead of schedule"). Some of us have ambitions; have goals, but we don't master plan every year, every event, every incident like Mika Brzezinski does. Mika has for her whole life a Master Plan, a master script if you will, that most people that she meets in her life have to follow. She even practically plans the conversations she is going to have with men (I am paraphrasing now) "if theres not marriage at the end, I will them on their way".Luckily for her, her life did come out as planned, or as scripted. A woman who plans her life by year, down to the types of conversations held throughout the year, would feel totally at home on a set of Morning Joe. And, I have to askif a woman who plans and controls the events, did not also plan for her stunt on Morning Joe where she shreds the Paris Hilton story. If she did, then Morning Joe is not Morning Joe but just a morning accessory to Mika.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    what a woman

    I am a new follower of mikas and saw her just this year, her book and honest life story has been so interresting, the book gives a new tru life view on working moms that has never been told her self revew is some what false, but I understand how a white woman working in her field can fell the way she does, i belive she will some day skake the deae weight of joe and truely go on to be who she realy is she a type somewhat like oprah, but even better, I predict she will have her own show for many years to come and will be a billon air.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    The description of life in the newsroom and television studios are right on and she exposes the cutthroat atmosphere that is its reputation, as quite real. Friends will "eat" friends in order to get ahead.

    Mika Brzezinski has written an honest, warm, easy to read memoir of her climb to fame. Although still quite young, she has had so many diverse experiences in her childhood and career that there is plenty to include in her story. Raised by a stern father and an artistic and creative, mother, she was nevertheless always in an atmosphere filled with love and acceptance. She was encouraged to be the best she could be and she aspired to that goal but also wanted to be the be-all to everyone, an impossible combination since some sacrifices always have to be made in one area or another in order to achieve success. Humans don't have the time or the capacity to do it all well. Something will suffer in the effort and, many times she explains how something certainly did, often reducing her to tears. Frolicking in the White House as a youngster with the likes of Amy Carter certainly would not be considered a mainstream childhood but Mika seems to have taken it all in stride. Encouraged to be herself, often, "herself", brought considerable embarrassment to the family. She was always appreciated and was expected to achieve while remaining true to herself. In her teens, she discovers a love for journalism and begins to pursue it. In her twenties, finding the love of her life, a soul mate, also pursuing the same career, she marries Jimmy Hoffer and begins to raise a family. Her life seems like "everymans". Living on a shoestring they move from one small apartment to a fixer-upper of a home, from locale to locale, making the adjustments necessary to further their careers and maintain a home life. Equally supporting of each other, the marriage survives. For Mika, however, the pressure rises to a boiling point since being perfect in all ways, seems to be her compulsive aim. Until the time when a tragedy occurs, as she tumbles down the stairs with her infant, she does not really fully understand how her inability to place things in the proper perspective is hurting her. She is driven by ambition ,by a need to be the perfect everything, wife, mother, journalist. Although she claims that she has gotten ahead, in some respects, a leg up, because of who she is, though she has never curried those favors, one can't help but notice that she kept her name, Brzezinksi, one that does not get lost in the shuffle of obscurity, rather than assuming her husband's name, Hoffer. However, Mika, is very much interested in women's issues and, in fairness to her, perhaps it was for that reason that she kept her own name, not for personal advantage. She certainly climbed up to the top, from the basement, and took the worst jobs at the worst times of day or night for reporting. One does have to give her enormous credit. The need for hard work and effort have never stopped her, in fact, they encourage her in her pursuit of her dream. She will not sign on to that behavior but, at times, she may have spoken once to often in order to impress someone, only to fall to earth quickly as a result. Today, she is a star. She works side by side with Joe Scarborough on MSNBC's Morning Joe and is charming, witty and warm, exactly how she presents in her memoir. If I had to describe the book with adjectives I would say it is friendly, open and honest. You will feel as if you are her personal confidant as you read it and when you close the book you will think you know her. She has embraced you with her words and you will embrace her. She is very easy on the eyes and so is her book.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Highly recomnended

    This was well written and enjoyable to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Enlightening

    Enjoyed reading about Mika's career and family. Story was her work history and the choices she made during her career in television. Not the self-help book I thought it was.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    I enjoy Mika on TV but book is just OK

    I wouldn't say the book is a must read but it was ok.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    A MUST READ FOR ALL WOMEN AND STUDENTS - INSIRATIONAL/COURAGEOUS.

    Mika Brzezinski has wriiten one of the most inspirational books that I have read in a long, long time.

    I wonder if I could have been so painfully honest in writing a book. She holds nothing back and puts it all on the table for all to learn and grow from.

    She persevered and look where she is today. Read this book and be truly inspired.

    I love that she speaks her mind on Morning Joe. It's as though she is speaking for many of us watching... "Yes, Mika, that's just what I was thinking! Thank you for having the courage to speak up." Also, after reading this book, you know Mika better, and watching the show now, you will admire Brzezinski more, as you should,i.e., she has been through a lot but never gave up.

    Thank you, also for the courage that it took to write such an honest book.
    Thank you, Weinstein publishing too.

    This book should be requied for woman's studies classes in schools and, especially colleges.

    This book is real and from the heart.

    Every daughter must read this book.

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