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This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

by Gabourey Sidibe

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This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe


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

Gabourey Sidibe—“Gabby” to her legion of fans—skyrocketed to international fame in 2009 when she played the leading role in Lee Daniels’s acclaimed movie Precious. 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 Bed-Stuy/Harlem family life 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, 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 self-knowing dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, haters, fashion, race, and weight (“If I could just get the world to see me the way I see myself,” she writes, “would my body still be a thing you walked away thinking about?”). 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.

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ISBN-13:
9780544786769
9780544786769
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/01/2017
Pages:
256
256
Sales rank:
43,565
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
810L
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About the Author

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.  
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Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

01/01/2017
Actress Sidibe, most recently of the TV series Empire, gives readers a glimpse into her childhood in Harlem, NY, and Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn; her early work talking on a phone-sex line; and her rise to fame with the 2009 film Precious.

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Customer Reviews (3)
Excellent book. I highly recommend it. Gabby is a great writer. Sh ...
Excellent book. I highly recommend it. Gabby is a great writer. She's very funny and brutally honest.
- Anonymous
May 14, 2017
I Loved This Book!
I really appreciate the realness of this book. After reading this, I feel like I’ve known her all my life and we’ve never even met. Definitely a great read!
- Anonymous
October 7, 2017
Great Inspiration
I really enjoyed reading this book. I gave a person like more hope and more motivation to go after my dreams no matter what others say or do. It helped me see myself in light all I have been through. I know now that it is not about how I look but about how I feel about myself. That is a power of it's own.
- Anonymous
August 11, 2017
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