Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThe cohost of Good Morning America grew up in affluence in California, the daughter of a surgeon whose death in a plane crash when she was 14 was the only traumatic experience of her early years. Her education tended to keep her out of the mainstream, according to Lunden, and she got into TV simply because someone suggested that she try. After two years in Sacramento, she was hired by New York's Eyewitness News, perhaps, suggest the authors, because the producers were looking for an archetypal WASP; she was given assignments for GMA and later moved over to the network program. We're told interesting details about working on a television program, clearly no sinecure, and about Lunden's domestic life as a wife and mother of two. And we're offered behind-the-scenes closeups of Lunden's interviews with Prince Charles and other greats and near-greats. Photos not seen by PW. (August 19)
Library Journal - Library JournalBooks by television personalities have rolled off the presses this year. Here are two more. Hugh Downs, known for his work as host on 20/20 and the Today Show , has written a straightforward story of his life in TV. Downs says that he knew early on that he would have to be himself on television; he has done that in his book, too. His books tells of the trials and triumphs of his days on camera and helps round out what we already know of the man. Joan Lunden is co-host of Good Morning America . Perhaps because she is young, Lunden's book gives much detail of her present life in television. Her chatty style and the descriptions of her efforts to balance her work and family life make interesting reading. Most public libraries will want both of these books. Rebecca Wondriska, Trinity Coll. Lib., Hartford, Ct.
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