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This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare Hardcover – May 1, 2017
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"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 entertain...is 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
From the Back Cover
Gabourey sidibe—the Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress — has a voice like no other. She is wise, complex, smart, and funny—just as likely to make you cry with laughter as to see the world differently. In This Is Just My Face, she shares a one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters she’s played onscreen. With full-throttle honesty, Sidibe paints her family life growing up with a polygamous father and a gifted mother who supports her two children by singing in the subway.
Sidibe tells the engrossing, inspiring story of her first job as a phone-sex “talker.” And she shares her unconventional (of course!) rise to fame as a movie star in Precious, alongside “a superstar cast of rich people who lived in mansions and had their own private islands and amazing careers while I lived in my mom’s apartment.”
Sidibe’s memoir hits hard with clear-eyed dispatches on friendship, depression, haters, celebrity, fashion, race, and weight. 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 text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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That's how long it took me to finish Gabourey Sidibe's book THIS IS JUST MY FACE, and I have to say that it is is so much more than I could have hoped for.
For those who are looking for a lot about the PRECIOUS and EMPIRE Sidibe you will get that---but there is a bigger story that she shares in the book that I believe will be equally as engaging. She takes us through the making of who she is, how she was able to now discuss her journey with some humor and soul-searching, but also how she got comfortable in the skin she was in.
We are able able to learn more about the family that she came from, and through that how the pursuing of dreams was nothing new for her mother but something that had to become more tangible for Gabourey because of the situation her family was in at the time. This is more than a rags to riches story. It is a story of a woman not just growing into the spotlight but into her own value and worth. Through the eating disorder and the family health scare to being able to get in front of the camera and see her gift recognized, even before she could fully see it.
THIS IS JUST MY FACE is a look at living life in a world that is not always kind, but is a book that reminds us all of the light inside we can't allow anyone or anything to snuff out. Gabourey is living proof that you can have the last laugh and love yourself along the way.
I absolutely enjoyed this book despite this. She had interviewed on Elvis Durran and then later on the Daily Show and I thought that Gabourey seemed like a funny vivacious woman with a book that looked to be as fun.
I wasn't expecting the emotional rollercoaster this book took me on. Yes, there was a lot I could only appreciate as an outsider which I expected having come from a completely different background. What was amazing was I also found plenty to relate to.
Gabourey talks about the struggle against depression and feeling like you don't deserve what you have even when you do. And I wanted to meet her and tell her "Yes! That's it exactly!" Then and many other times. Like boyfriends, feel that. Feeling awkward? All the time.
What I'm trying to say is read the book. It's incredibly inspirational and she is wonderful about sharing her life and fears. I know some people will go into this thinking they won't get anything out of it. You will, trust me.