All Things at Once

All Things at Once

by Mika Brzezinski

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ISBN-13: 9781602861275
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 736,936
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mika Brzeznski is a co-host of MorningJoe and co-host of  The Joe Scarborough Show with Mika Brzezinski, a national radio program distributed by Citadel Media.

Prior to joining MSNBC, Brzezinski was an anchor of the CBS Evening News Weekend Edition and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes.  In September 2001, she became CBS’s principal “Ground Zero” reporter for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

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.

 

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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All Things at Once (Large Print 16pt) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Elena_Feliz More than 1 year ago
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.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
KhakiKB More than 1 year ago
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.
Glamorous_Gal More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
NormainCalifornia More than 1 year ago
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.
alegra7 More than 1 year ago
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.
StephanieME More than 1 year ago
Great book-great lady.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the show should be called Mika in the Morning. She has a great story to share and is a terrific role model.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
meijerbjorn on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I enjoy reading about others lives, even when I know very little about them. That was the case when I decided to read Mika Brzezinski's, "All Things At Once." I became a little worried when the marketing of the book was focused on career women. I have the wrong plumbing and I am perfectly satisfied working with my wife in her in-home childcare business. With that said, I went into this book wanting to provide insight relevant to anyone interested in Mika's book."All Things at Once," by Mika Brzezinkski reads much like how she describes her career. It starts out with the intention of doing great things. The focus of the book is pretty rough with signs of promise. There are parts that are good and others that fall short. By the last third of the book, the memoir comes into its own. It pulled me in and began to tug on me in an emotional way.The beginning of the book takes a glimpse at Mika's childhood. It is interspersed with mentions of her career. Mika's father was the national security adviser during the Carter administration. Her family in all aspects were country folk that enjoyed hunting and had a lifestyle far removed from the Washington socialite scene they had become apart of. The memoir glances over this information, which if given more detail would have been excellent reading.Mika goes on to highlight the start of her career. She discusses her choices that created a hectic and stressful life. All this leads to an accident that made Mika take a closer look at her decisions. This becomes a vital turning point in her life. Mika's family dynamic is different from the typical two working parent household. The demands put on Mika and her husband, because of their careers, creates an environment that may shock some reading the book. As Mika details her first move to MSNBC, the focus of the book becomes clearer and the story begins to hold my interest better. Her experiences in the latter part of her career are detailed in a way that was very interesting and moving.As described in the book, Mika stretches herself quite thin. With this in mind she put together a good memoir. If Mika had more time to dedicate to her book, it could have been great. Overall, I enjoyed the honest and telling look into her life. I would recommend it to anyone, not just career minded women.---Meijer Bjorn, Reviewer for Bookpleasures.com
thewanderingjew on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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. 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.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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovethis book and love mika and all morning joe gang
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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thewanderingjew More than 1 year ago
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.
Peggy46 More than 1 year ago
This was well written and enjoyable to read.
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