Rough Draft: A Memoir; Katy Tur
Simon & Schuster Audio - 2022
This memoir by MSNBC news anchor Katy Tur is deeply personal and quite revealing. She writes about her childhood in CA, her parents, her career, relationships and motherhood. The story begins with her childhood as the oldest child (she has a younger brother who is a doctor) of Bob and Marika Tur. Katy's parents were hard working helicopter photographers for the LA News Service capturing some of the most well-known new scenes of memory like the OJ car chase, Madonna and Sean Penn's secret wedding, the LA riots and Reginald Denny beating and other prominent news stories. They were always packed and ready to go when news was in the making. Even though there were a lot of good times, life at home was often unpredictable, her father was often violent and experienced explosive episodes and the couple eventually divorced. Her father struggled with his sexuality and eventually transitioned - Bob Tur is now Zoey Tur. Katy's relationship with her father is still strained at this time.
I enjoyed learning about Katy's initial interest in a career in law and how journalism eventually just seemed like the career she was meant for. He life as a foreign correspondent was quite interesting as well. She speaks with honesty about her past relationships, her desire to be a mother and how she came up with the title "Rough Draft" -- still processing the direction of her career and personal life as she goes along. At just 38 years old, she is an award winning journalist, NY Times best selling author and now has written two books: Unbelievable covering the crazy 2016 presidential election. as well as this newly released memoir. The audio book is read by the author which was great and made it all the more personal.
Rating - 4/5 stars
(Note: the audiobook download was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review)