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Publisher's Summary

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 heard.

Gabourey Sidibe - "Gabby" to her legion of fans - skyrocketed to international fame in 2009 when she played the leading role in Lee Daniels' 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 will resonate with anyone who has ever felt different and with anyone who has ever felt inspired to make a dream come true.

©2017 Gabourey Sidibe. Reproduced with special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Academy Award-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe's memoir gives listeners an intimate account of her victories and struggles in her own vibrant voice.... Sidibe's narration is full of genuine laughter, a dash of sarcasm, and an authentic-sounding Senegalese accent. An entertaining memoir that sounds as reflective and cathartic for Sidibe as it will be for her fans." (AudioFile)

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Honest, heart wrenching, and hilarious!

I think I'm in love with Gabourey. Or maybe I just want to be Gabourey. I hope this is not her last book, she's smart, funny, and has a great view of life and the world. I didn't know anything about her before reading this book and now I look forward to following what will surely be a long and amazing career.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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I love that face!

She's just enchanting with a full life's worth of stories to tell. Some of this book is just hysterical (and I mean pull the car over you can't see through the tears funny) and some so heartfelt I cried... I felt her pain, her fun, her excitement, depression and through all of it felt like cheering from the sidelines. This book is honest, and quite adult, but no matter who you are and what you do, you're going to want to be her best friend.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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I freaking loved it!

She and I couldn't be more different. And at the same time so alike.. She is my best friend in my head.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Gives me life!

So so good! Her unique, insightful, and often hilarious experiences are GOLD! So honest, a breath of fresh air. Take a listen, you know you want to.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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yaaaassssss

awesome just awe inspiring i love this book reccomending it to all humans ! it changed me

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Could NOT stop listening!

I admit, I purchased this book on a whim not really expecting a lot. I was incredibly happy to be surprised by how amazing this story is. It is both hilarious and insightful. If you are thinking about reading this book on a whim, stop thinking about it you won't regret it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Gabourey Sidibe

"For by letting our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same." What a beautiful, honest, fun, witty, confident, and interesting story! I loved every minute of this book. Amazing performance too. Congrats Gabourey! Thanks for letting your light shine so brightly.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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very good book

very good book!I love to see someoñe overcome so much and still succeed. good job







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Incredible Truth...

Gabourey does a phenomenal job sharing her truth in This Is Just My Face. Her whit and genius thought process are unique and the words, statements, and stories shared are refreshing - I felt her Real

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The Best

It doesn't get better than this. The performance. The stories. The truths. Laughed so hard and also was stopped in my tracks to catch my breath. So many levels of beautiful.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful