This Is Just My Face

This Is Just My Face

Try Not to Stare

eBook - 2017
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“Gabourey Sidibe’s delightful memoir offers a memorable look into what happens when a black girl’s dreams come true, from the inside out. Sidibe is fearless, incredibly funny, and gorgeously open. What she offers of herself in these pages is a gift.”—Roxane Gay
 
In This Is Just My Face, Gabourey Sidibe—the “gives-zero-effs queen of Hollywood AND perceptive best friend in your head” (Lena Dunham)—paints her unconventional rise to fame with full-throttle honesty. Sidibe tells engrossing, inspiring stories about her Bed-Stuy/Harlem/Senegalese family life with a polygamous father and a gifted mother who supports her two children by singing in the subway, her first job as a phone sex “talker,” and her Oscar-nominated role in Lee Daniels’s Precious.
            Sidibe’s memoir hits hard with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, celebrity, weight, haters, fashion, race, and depression (“Sidibe’s heartfelt exploration of insecurity . . . makes us love her” —O Magazine). Irreverent, hilarious, and untraditional, This Is Just My Face will resonate with anyone who has ever felt different, and with anyone who has ever felt inspired to make a dream come true.

“This memoir [is] a book you will want to give your daughter.” —New York Times 

“Sidibe’s hilarious Twitter account is no fluke—the Empire actress’s memoir about growing up in New York City and finding unexpected fame in Hollywood is sharp, witty, and wonderfully substantive.” Entertainment Weekly

The Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress delivers a much-awaited memoir—wise, complex, smart, funny—a version of the American experience different from anything we've read.


Baker & Taylor
The Oscar-nominated star of Precious and Empire delivers a much-awaited memoir that shares details about her childhood with a polygamous father in Harlem, her gifted mother who supported them by singing in the subway and her own unconventional rise to fame.

Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2017
ISBN: 9780544786905
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Miller1114
Jun 08, 2018

I enjoyed reading this book. First, I had no idea that her family was from Senegal. I also appreciated her struggle with weight. I am not overweight but I appreciated her honesty about it. Know that if you are bullying someone about their weight, looks, talent etc. they are harder on themselves than you ever will be. Great read.

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nordicleather
Nov 07, 2017

Could have gotten the same information about Gabourey from Wikipedia. Not enough feeling. Facts are good but would prefer to know about the feeling being them. Would like to read what she has to write after she has more experience living. She should rewrite her memoir in 25 years.

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ
Sep 27, 2017

I finished this book feeling like I still have no idea who Gabourey Sidibe is, other than the fact that she complains a lot. The whole book felt like she was holding back. She tries to present herself as just a normal, humble, awkward girl. Then she has an entire chapter about how having 2 million dollars and a Manhattan apartment doesn’t mean she’s rich. It should be interesting to read about how she randomly got cast as Precious, how she felt about the role, what it was like filming, and what it was like to get nominated for an Oscar. She barely talks about any of that. Instead she complains that Andre Leon Talley from Vogue talked about her behind her back, how annoying it was that the movie was named after her character, and how her paycheck wasn’t enough.

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MLK1ere
Sep 12, 2017

I like the style; the book is written the way she talks ( if you saw her many TV interviews)

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QnVz
Aug 04, 2017

I absolutely loved 100% her unfiltered truth and ability to so amazingly tell it!! Absolutely 5 star, GOLDEN! material!! LOVE Gabourey!!

debwalker Jul 24, 2017

How to succeed despite a rough upbringing

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MplsTA
Jun 13, 2017

Probably her most well known role is that of Precious in the movie of the same name. I was a little disappointed she did not write more about her experience in filming the movie. She does write about various other jobs she held other than actor such as being a (successful) phone sex operator.

She is a very smart woman who has life figured out at a relatively young age. Like many, she grew up on the edge of poverty and later got a big break because of her talent and determination. She is also very funny. Not afraid to make fun of herself or others.

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