• Title: Getting Real
  • Author: Gretchen Carlson
  • ISBN: 9780525427452
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Getting Real A candid funny memoir from the charismatic FOX News channel anchor and Miss America Pageant winner Celebrity news anchorwoman Gretchen Carlson shares her inspiring story and offers important takeaway
    A candid, funny memoir from the charismatic FOX News channel anchor and Miss America Pageant winner Celebrity news anchorwoman Gretchen Carlson shares her inspiring story and offers important takeaways for women and men about what it means to strive for and find success in the real world With warmth and wit, she takes readers from her Minnesota childhood, where she becA candid, funny memoir from the charismatic FOX News channel anchor and Miss America Pageant winner Celebrity news anchorwoman Gretchen Carlson shares her inspiring story and offers important takeaways for women and men about what it means to strive for and find success in the real world With warmth and wit, she takes readers from her Minnesota childhood, where she became a violin prodigy, through college at Stanford and her in the trenches years as a cub reporter on local television stations before becoming a national news reporter She describes her rise to anchor of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson on FOX News channel as a testament to personal strength and perseverance Carlson addresses the intense competitive effort of winning the Miss America Pageant, the challenges she s faced as a woman in broadcast television, and how she manages to balance work and family as the wife of high profile sports agent Casey Close and devoted mother to their two children An unceasing advocate for respect and equality for women, Carlson writes openly about her own struggles with body image, pageant stereotypes, building her career, and having the courage to speak her mind She encourages women to strive for their goals, never give up, and always believe in themselves In Getting Real, Carlson emerges as a living example of a woman not afraid to chase her dreams and embrace life fully.

    One Reply to “Getting Real”

    1. To whom much is given is rightThis book greatly saddened me with her message, "you can do anything". She had an extraordinary childhood to build on. She thoroughly covers all of her "hard work" to get where she was, but I found she is completely not relatable. Her bar that she seemed to always exceed, made me feel like a failure. Fortunately for her she never experienced the true test of human tenacity - the deaths of immediate family members. Very few of us are gifted prodigies and lead lives w [...]

    2. For a woman who has been Miss America, graduated Stanford, and had her own major cable new talks show, Gretchen Carlson has led an incredibly boring life. At least based on what she writes in this book you come away with the conclusion that the woman is a living Barbie doll. Too good to be true.The first problem is that she is a perfectionist, so the book is written in a style that makes sure everything she puts in print is meant to make her look good. She brags--a lot--about her accomplishments [...]

    3. I won Getting Real by Gretchen Carlson in a GoodReads giveaway. I received a standard-size hardback book of professional design and a full cover photograph of the author. Getting Real clocks in with 260 properly thick hardbound-book pages with 8 pages of color photographs and tall serifed fonts formatted with easy to read line-spacing.Getting Real by Gretchen Carlson self-agonizes, humble-brags and then purports to keep a stiff upper lip over whatever small misfortunes can be mustered across a l [...]

    4. More Than Meets the EyeThis book was reviewed as part of 's Vine program which included a free advance copy of the book.Generally, drama is the only thing that draws me to a biography. Down and out rock stars, actors and actresses hitting rock bottom or those who’ve endured/survived horrible situations they have a tale to tell. I find the worst biographies are written when the subject is “on top” (at a peak in their life) those books tend to be a little arrogant, preachy and oftentimes, pr [...]

    5. Fascinating Insight into Gretchen Carlson's Back Story When you watch a broadcast journalist like Gretchen Carlson on Fox News, I wonder what personal journey this person has traveled to be there. The answer is inside GETTING REAL. This memoir reveals a personal look at Carlson’s journey and it is filled with key turning points and insights for every reader (whether you are in journalism or not).I loved the storytelling and transparency which Carlson writes into the pages of this book. In part [...]

    6. I remember watching the Miss America Pageant in 1988 with my mother. I bet my mother that Maya Walker, Miss Colorado would win and she chose Gretchen Carlson, Miss Minnesota. Obviously, as a Minnesotan I secretly wanted Gretchen to win but the fun of the competition is to bet against each other. My mother and I sat watching Gretchen during her violin performance in the talent competition with tears streaming down our cheeks. I had to quickly brush the tears away so I wouldn't be a traitor to Mis [...]

    7. Maybe 2 stars is a bit harsh; it’s just that Ms. Carlson and I seem to have some philosophical differences. I admire her candidness, her willingness to speak openly about her faith. I believe she was sincere in her desire to change people’s minds about Miss America and the opportunities it offers to young women with talent, intelligence and ambition. She certainly worked hard enough to earn the title, and afterward to adjust to the celebrity it brought her (both positive and negative). Her s [...]

    8. This book is a solid three and a half stars for me. There's no shocking reveal here, just the story of how God-given talent and (gasp!) hard work pays off. Being from Minnesota, it was fun to hear her reference places she went whole growing up. It was also incredibly interesting to hear her complementary comments of Roger Ailes a year before the lawsuit she filled against him. I listened to this book, which I would not recommend. The author reads it herself and considering she's been in broadcas [...]

    9. I don't usually read biographies or autobiographies, but when I saw that Gretchen Carlson was putting out a book, I was rather intrigued. I had no clue that she was a violin prodigy! This book left me feeling good inside. In some parts of the book, I felt like she was speaking directly to me as if we were girlfriends. I enjoyed this book, and may explore more in this genre.

    10. Loved learning more about Gretchen Carlson and her extreme drive/motivation. Inspirational book about working hard to reach goals. Event today, she is still successful and has a name in her career field. Highly recommend.

    11. A couple of things made Gretchen Carlson's life story a must-read for me. Both of us began our professional careers in commercial television, both of us are passionate about music, and I now live in Carlson's home town and drive by her family's auto dealership almost every day. I confess, I don't much remember Carlson's tenure on Fox and Friends, having discovered that network after she left the morning show. Nor did I get to view her short-lived "The Real Story" much just prior to Carlson's dep [...]

    12. I’ve determined, after reading this book, that I’m simply not a fan of autobiographies due to the me, me, me nature of them. Which is one reason I can’t give it more than 3 stars. Gretchen Carlson comes off in the book as if she’s full of herself (I’m sure due to the fact that it’s an *auto*biography). But based on what I’ve seen of her recently in the media, I think she’s not all about Gretchen - there is more to her. She’s clearly a champion of women and girls, which is why I [...]

    13. The book is a personal memoir from childhood to Carlson as a broadcast journalist on Fox News. The memoir was written before the Fox News scandal with Roger Ailes. Carlson mentions Ailes a few times in this book in a positive outlook. Carlson's journey as a violin virtuoso and Miss America (1989) is quite fascinating. Carlson delivers an authentic account of her struggles with weight and sexual predators. News journalism is a small part of what defined Carlson as a person. Carlson is an excellen [...]

    14. better than I expected. I don't know her work but gather she's on a Fox news show. Eventful life (she was a violin prodigy as a kid, goes to Stanford, stops out for a year to prep for pageant and becomes Miss America, works her way up in TV news, acquires a stalker along the way, has two children with serious health scares during her pregnancy and one's infancy), briskly retold.Can get a little cheesy at times with the "I did it; you can too!" pep talks and somewhat overbearing accounts of the r [...]

    15. I have admired and been impressed with Gretchen Carlson for years, watching her on Fox News. Never really felt a personal connection to her and I think that is one reason I wanted to read her book - to try and understand her personality and to make that connection. I didn't really accomplish either, but I did come away with an even greater respect for her accomplishments that she has achieved through hard work and discipline. I feel sadness for her that she did not pursue her music career, since [...]

    16. Very minnesota book, of course, as Miss America 1988 is from Anoka. This is a really smart, talented woman. Made me want to play violin just reading about it. Even setting aside the whole Miss America thing, she offers a lot of lessons in focus, drive, and success. I was curious about her family - she is very close to her mother but it's like she was an only child. Of course, the pageant stuff was interesting, as was the post-college job search and progression. Doors did not open easily for her. [...]

    17. "Getting Real" is an autobiography by Gretchen Carlson. I normally don't read these types of books that is autobiographies of celebrities, but I like Gretchen Carlson and I heard an interview she did regarding the book. It sounded reasonably interesting and it is. A large part of the book concerns her development as a child prodigy violinist. That was actually more interesting than it sounds. It shaped her as a human being and I can see, now, how driven she is.So, I doubt I would read this book [...]

    18. I enjoyed this memoir about Gretchen Carlson. She is from Anoka, MN and she became a violin prodigy. She eventually ran for and won the Miss America pageant, despite never having done any pageants prior nor having the prototypical body and mindset for such a thing. She's actually short and struggled with her weight as a young girl. I found the book inspiring and motivational. If you want young girls to follow a positive role model, have them check out this book. I found it real and honest. I enj [...]

    19. The most authentic autobiography that I have read to date. No "ifs," and no "buts." Gritty; powerful, and fearfully personal, the Author and narrative skillfully combine to leave the reader feeling that they have jointly experienced the highs; lows and often insurmountable challenges that our ultra - competitive society proffers. For those thinking that book will be dominated by a tub-thumping; Fox news moralism, think again. What actually emerges is an astonishing account of how the Author achi [...]

    20. Gretchen Carlson is REALDetermination and perseverance are two central theme Gretchen Carlson used to guide her life. She has met many challenges and disappointment but never took her eye off the prize. That prize has changed frequently for her during her life. Each time she had a clear goal and through determination experienced much success. Her family has been the driving force behind her. They gave e her strong values, a love of God, the knowledge to give back, and a drink e to always do her [...]

    21. A Quickie ReviewI generally don't read autobiographies, and I hardly ever watch the news unless someone else turns it on, but Fox News' Gretchen Carlson has a very inspiring story. Despite being currently successful, she has had her share of both detractors and setbacks. The details of her romance with her now-husband were touching, especially how she put her foot in her mouth on their first datebut he married her anyway. However, some crude references--especially ones about the size of Carlson' [...]

    22. [I received this book for free through First Reads.]She good kid!The aphorism "Winners never stop trying, while losers never start" seems apt, here. This lady went for it, and has had an overall happy, successful adult life as a result. Regardless of what one might think of beauty pageants, or 'that place' where she now works, there's something to be admired -- and even maybe feel inspired by -- in her life's story.

    23. Gretchen Carlson is a woman of persistence and accomplishments. Her early years as a violin prodigy didn't hold the weight I think Gretchen was aiming for. Might have been better to have shortened the first 3 chapters and focus more on her delight mixed with anguish over those years. Her story ramps up interest when she's preparing for the Miss America Pageant. I don't know how she rested at all during the stalker years. Very unnerving. Can't criticize her for her choices. A strong woman.

    24. "Getting Real" is an interesting look into Gretchen Carlson's life - from her Minnesota childhood, to her days as Miss America, to her start in the news media. She had a rough time when she first started out as an anchor-woman, but she kept the course and rose in the ranks of the ladies at Fox to become one of their leading ladies of news. I enjoy her positive outlook on life and her dedication to family.

    25. Gretchen Carlson's crowning as Miss America was the second year I watched the pageant I was 10 And for some reason, I wasn't thrilledabout her win But I am so thankful I read this book because it really made me appreciate her life and hard work to get to Miss America and her career in journalism. Now I need to go back and watch the pageant as an adult and see if I can figure out what my issue was in 1987!

    26. When some fool says something about the "blonde bimbos over at Fox News", I'm going to direct them to THIS book. This is the most well-rounded human being I think I've ever had the privilege of reading about. Plenty of achievements, plenty of failures, plenty of "getting real". Worth the read. I have new respect for Gretchen Carlson.

    27. Gretchen Carlson has written an honest real funny tale of her life from childhood to Stanford to herher Miss America reign &junto the present,Always striving to be a strong woman From being stalked to being sexually harassed by executives she was being interviewed by she always stays true to her principles.Gretchen comes across as a real woman more then just a face on TV a real role model.

    28. From violin prodigy, to Stanford student, to Miss America, to Journalist, her life is quite an impressive trajectory. I didn't know much about her, and most autobiographies I read have a lot of drama and angst, so this was a change. I enjoyed reading about how the discipline of studying violin and music shaped her since my kids are very much into studying and playing music.

    29. What is real is that witch never dies. Gretchen's spirit will never die!I loved every moment of this story. I am a grandpa and feel that Gretchen is a granddaughter that I am so proud of.

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