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This Is Just My Face

Try Not to Stare

About the Book

The Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress delivers a much-awaited memoir—wise, complex, smart, funny—that is different from anything we’ve read.

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 Magazine’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” * One of HelloGiggles’ “7 Celebrity Memoirs We Can't Wait to Read This Year” * One of Nylon’s “50 Books We Can’t Wait To Read In 2017” * One of Bustle’s “9 Books By Celebrity Women Being Released in 2017 To Add To Your TBR” * One of Cosmopolitan’s “10 Books You Need to Read in 2017”      

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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Critical Praise

“This memoir [is] a book you will want to give your daughter.”  —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

“[Sidibe’s] talent to entertain. . .is evident on every page. . . .Genuine and accessible. . . .Sidibe is truly funny. . . .This Is Just My Face doesn’t capture just Sidibe that celebrity, but Sidibe the storyteller.” —A.V. Club

“Gabourey Sidibe’s memoir isn’t your average celebrity memoir. It’s good. Really good. And not just because it’s revealing. . .but because it’s well-written. . . .Observant and funny, but not indulgent or try-hard.” —Cosmopolitan

“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

“A funny, smart memoir.” —Nylon Magazine

“Unflinchingly honest.” —Bustle

“Gabourey Sidibe has a knack for speaking her mind in ways both touching and hilarious.” —Cosmopolitan

“You’re the BOMB, girl!” —President Barack Obama

“A memorable look into what happens when a black girl’s dreams come true. . . .Sidibe is fearless, incredibly funny and gorgeously open. What she offers of herself in these pages is a gift.” —Roxane Gay, international bestselling author of Bad Feminist

“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

“I always knew Gabby was magic.” —Johnetta Elzie

“I can’t wait to read this.” —Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live

 “This is Just My Face is a must-read. Sidibe is eloquent and candid throughout, discussing everything you can think of. . . .This is Just My Face is a compelling memoir that has that story-like feel.” —So Booking Cool

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443449373
  • ISBN 10: 1443449377
  • Imprint: HarperAvenue
  • On Sale: 05/02/2017
  • Pages: 256
  • List Price: 32.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: HUMOR / Form / Essays
  • BISAC2: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
  • BISAC3: HUMOR / General

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