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This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by [Gabourey Sidibe]
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One of Glamour's "Best Books to Read in 2017"
One of Entertainment Weekly's “Most Anticipated Books for 2017" and "Best Books to Read in May"
One of People's "22 Super-Revealing Celeb Memoirs to Read Right Now"

One of Hollywood Reporter's “27 Books to Watch For in 2017"
One of Elite Daily's “5 Celebs About to Light up the Red Carpet and Release Books in 2017”
One of Bustle's "20 Best Non-Fiction Books Coming in May 2017" 

"This memoir [is] a book you will want to give your daughter." The New York Times

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

"A read that lives up to the unforgettable attitude of its name...This is Just My Face will make you fall in love with this funny, talented, gorgeous, bad bitch of a woman." Glamour

"A mix of complexity, intelligence and humor, Gabby's book promises to be as big a success as her acting." People

"Her talent to evident on every page...Genuine and accessible...[Sidibe] has so much material from her childhood and adolescence that she might have been able to sell a memoir before she landed her first movie role...This Is Just My Face doesn’t capture just Sidibe that celebrity, but Sidibe the storyteller." The A.V. Club

"Funny and revealing." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Gabourey Sidibe's memoir isn't your average celebrity memoir. It's good. Really good. And not just because it's revealing (although that it is), but because it's well-written... Observant and funny, but not indulgent or try-hard." Cosmopolitan Online

"Gabby hilariously, radically, and fearlessly holds nothing back in This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare. And we love her for it." —HelloGiggles, "7 Celebrity Memoirs We Can't Wait to Read This Year"

“A funny, smart memoir.” Nylon, "50 Books We Can’t Wait To Read In 2017"

“Unflinchingly honest.” —Bustle, "9 Books By Celebrity Women Being Released in 2017 To Add To Your TBR"

“Gabourey Sidibe has a knack for speaking her mind in ways both touching and hilarious.” —Cosmopolitan, "10 Books You Need to Read in 2017"

"[Sidibe] delivers a much-awaited memoir—wise, complex, smart, funny—a version of the American experience different from anything we’ve read... Irreverent, hilarious, and untraditional, This Is Just My Face takes its place and fills a void on the shelf of writers from Mindy Kaling to David Sedaris to Lena Dunham." —BookBub

“You’re the BOMB, girl!”—President Barack Obama
“Gabourey Sidibe’s delightful memoir This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare offers a memorable look into what happens when a black girl’s dreams come true, from the inside out. From her unique childhood as the daughter of a subway singer mother and polygamous father to struggling with depression to getting the role of Precious, Sidibe is fearless, incredibly funny and gorgeously open. What she offers of herself in these pages is a gift.”—Roxane Gay
"Here, Gabourey Sidibe cements her status as gives-zero-effs queen of Hollywood AND perceptive best friend in your head. Frank, funny, and insanely charming, these stories reveal the girl behind the gown and show Hollywood for what it really is: a wet t-shirt contest of an industry that sometimes redeems itself by picking the right star. Gabby is that star, and you'll root for her on every page--we are blessed by her honesty, passion and wit.”—Lena Dunham
“’I just wrote the truth, and it made me feel better.’ That is the theme of this unique and universal book by a young woman who is both a total surprise and an instant classic.  Gabby combines New York and Senegal, the streets and the heights, bravery and self-doubt, laughing and seriousness.  Her truth helps us to find ours—and what could be a bigger gift than that?”—Gloria Steinem
“To know Gabby is to love Gabby. To read her book is to love her even more. It is bold, brave, on-your-front-foot writing. Her story inspires you to step up and own your life with a compassion and confidence so potent that it will break down any door.”—Laura Linney
“I always knew Gabby was magic.”—Johnetta Elzie --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

GABOUREY SIDIBE is an award-winning actress who is best known for the title role of Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire. She has since starred as Queenie in FX’s American Horror Story: Coven and Denise in Difficult People, and can currently be seen as Becky on Fox's smash hit sensation Empire. This Is Just My Face is her first book.   --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01I4FPMV4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mariner Books; Reprint edition (May 1, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 1, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5950 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 259 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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I have read hundreds of biographies in my lifetime. Outside of fiction, biographies are one of my favorites genres to read. Why? Because I love to learn about other people's lives and how they triumphed over their life's trials and tribulations to find meaning and purpose in their lives.
Gabourey "Gabby's" story is no different. Yet her struggles to find meaning and purpose in a world that labeled her Fat, Black and Ugly since she was a small child touches your soul
We met Gabourey, as Precious in the Lee Daniels filmed based on the best-selling book PUSH by Sapphire a few years ago. The novel PUSH is one of my all time favorites books that I read decades ago when it was first published. Gabourey was awesome in the movie that literally changed her life.
This Is Just My Face is Gabourey's auto-biography that captures you from the first page and has you laughing, crying, hurting, screaming and rejoicing as she takes the reader on her life's journey of pain, depression, poverty, self-discovery, purpose, fame and fortune. A MUST READ!
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In the words of President Obama, "Gabby! You're The Bomb Girl!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stare for all the RIGHT reasons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peeling the onion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, uplifting, funny and wise
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent
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