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Around the Way Girl: A Memoir (edició 2016)

de Taraji P. Henson (Autor), Denene Millner (Primary Contributor)

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"From Academy Award nominee, Emmy nominee, and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson comes an inspiring book about family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth. With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, including Yvette, Queenie, Shug, and the iconic Cookie from Empire, yet is all Taraji, the screen actress writes of her families, the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of her father, a Vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life's challenges, and of her mother, who survived violence both in the home and on DC's volatile streets. Here too she opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift. Around the Way Girl is also a classic actor's memoir in which Taraji reflects on the world-class instruction she received at Howard University and the pitfalls that come with being a black actress in Hollywood. With laugh-out-loud humor and candor, she shares the challenges and disappointments of the actor's journey and shows us that, behind the red carpet moments, she is ever authentic. She is, at heart, just a girl in pursuit of her dreams"--Dust jacket. Henson writes of her family, the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth. Here she also opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift. With humor and candor, Henson shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is just a girl in pursuit of her dreams.… (més)
Membre:m.a.brooks
Títol:Around the Way Girl: A Memoir
Autors:Taraji P. Henson (Autor)
Altres autors:Denene Millner (Primary Contributor)
Informació:37 Ink (2016), 256 pages
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If you haven’t caught on by my Empire reference yes, I am talking about Around the Way Girl. Five stars. It's not your typical autobiography, where the narrated details every significant milestone in their life, from birth until present day. One of the first things I thought when I started the book was, "wow, she is really spending a lot of time talking about her childhood." But as I got further into the book, I realized she was really taking her time to make the reader understand the significance of the events she was describing, how it made an impact in her life and the people around her. I loved how she described her experiences playing Cookie, Queenie, or Yvette, she talked about how she really put her all into the parts. It made me look at the roles she played in the movies differently, movies I have seen many times already. I added them all to my Netflix queue to re-watch them with a more critical eye, I highly recommend it! I think the fact that I listened to her tell her story with such emotion it made it even better. ( )
  b00kdarling87 | Jan 7, 2024 |
I picked up this book on audio for a "bio pic" prompt in my reading group. Wow, what a surprise! I loved it. I am fairly unfamiliar with Taraji Henson's work, and I'm so curious to check out her movies and television roles after experiencing her story. I chose the audio, and the author reads the book herself, which is dynamite. Her book is empowering and also extremely illuminating. I was glued to her exploration of being a Black woman in Hollywood, as well as a woman over 40. Great content on being a mom and a single mom too, and her relationship with her dad is especially poignant. Recommend!
  starlight-glimmer | Dec 27, 2021 |
Around The Way, Girl: A Memoir
by Taraji P. Henson
2016
4.3 / 5.0

An enthusiastic and humorous look at the challenges and disappointments, of hustling for the opportunities, and never giving up. Taraji's love of life, and ability to overcome adveristy and negativity is inspiring. This is an excellent memoir.
Taraji shares her journey, from growing up in Washington DC, Attending Howard University, while raising a young son, Marcel, Taraji made the decision to be a single mother, and has always been a central figure in his life. Her strength and character helped her accept the work needed to break into Hollywood, as a beautiful, talented and strong Black woman.
This was such a great memoir. It is well written, full of interesting stories of her life and her beliefs. Taraji's life story is inspiring, funny, candid and fun. I hope this is the first of many books by Taraji. ( )
  over.the.edge | Dec 29, 2020 |
It just didn't do it for me. It jumped around so much. Stopped reading at around 86 to 90 percent. ( )
  1forthebooks | May 29, 2018 |
Last night I finished listening to this book. When I tell you, it has definitely left me with a different outlook on life, I mean it. I laughed and I cried. This woman is REAL. When she spoke about the characters she's played, it gave me a new outlook on them. She has not let anything that has happened to her in her life deter her. Today I plan on watching season 1 of Empire now that I have a better understanding of Cookie. Thank you @tarajiphenson for sharing your story. As a single mother listening to your story, I have been inspired to keep pushing forward and to not let my current situation keep me down. Thank you so much. All women need to read or listen to this book. I need to invest in an actual physical copy of it. I have an even greater respect for you and higher level of admiration. Some things are just right on time, and your story was one for me. ( )
  BookDiva85 | Apr 25, 2017 |
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"From Academy Award nominee, Emmy nominee, and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson comes an inspiring book about family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth. With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, including Yvette, Queenie, Shug, and the iconic Cookie from Empire, yet is all Taraji, the screen actress writes of her families, the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of her father, a Vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life's challenges, and of her mother, who survived violence both in the home and on DC's volatile streets. Here too she opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift. Around the Way Girl is also a classic actor's memoir in which Taraji reflects on the world-class instruction she received at Howard University and the pitfalls that come with being a black actress in Hollywood. With laugh-out-loud humor and candor, she shares the challenges and disappointments of the actor's journey and shows us that, behind the red carpet moments, she is ever authentic. She is, at heart, just a girl in pursuit of her dreams"--Dust jacket. Henson writes of her family, the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth. Here she also opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift. With humor and candor, Henson shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is just a girl in pursuit of her dreams.

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