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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 listeners 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.

©2015 Gretchen Carlson (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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Gretchen Is Real

This is a book I will recommend to my daughters,women I lead and work with and even my husband and son. Gretchen's achievements are the result of an incredible heritage, family, trust in God, discipline, struggles and a deep belief she can succeed. Her reading the book makes it especially personal. She shares secrets, behind the scenes details and is candidly honest about some of the toughest trials she has faced. I would love to have her as a life coach and hope to hear her speak in person. She is a role model for today's women!
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Inspiration for everyone

I learned of Gretchen Carlson after my wife was assaulted at work. Fight Fiercely is guilting my quest for justice. None will be found in courts or company policy. In Getting Real she opens a window to the innermost feelings of a brave champion for women. How she came to be my inspiration and champion. Narrative by the author, a real, personal story of courage & gumption, wisdom & warmth unfolds like a rose. Wish we could meet her.

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Fabulous!

Thank you, Gretchen, for sharing your life story. I, too, am a woman living my lifelong dream. What a great reminder to never give up your passions and goals because God gave them to you for a reason!!

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A real story!

I really enjoyed listening to Gretchen's story she came across as a very honest and real person. Very relatable...

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Genuine Gretchen

Great story! Terrific lady with good values. Smart, talented, humble and personable. Listen to it! It is a good "hear"

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Honest

Determination and focus is the theme throughout - a good book where the idea of values shapes a life and culture, not the other way around!