From Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, Taraji P. Henson, comes an inspiring and funny 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 family, 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. 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.
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"Taraji Henson reads her memoir like the performer she is, immersing listeners in her journey from the projects of Washington, DC, to her current life as an acclaimed actress who has distinguished herself in film and television. One of Henson's strengths is that she strives to see people as individuals, a stance that is especially evident in her perspective on her parents, whom she portrays with strong, distinct voices as well as clear-eyed compassion and love. Henson delivers laughs and tears, but her overall tone is one of the encompassing warmth and gratitude she feels for the people in her life who helped her on her way. This wise, funny, and touching memoir will bring new fans to Henson's work. A.F. 2017 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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