This Is Just My Face

This Is Just My Face

Try Not to Stare

Book - 2017 | First Canadian edition.
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"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 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 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."--
With full-throttle honesty, Gabourey Sidibe shares her one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters she's played onscreen since her unconventional rise to international fame in Lee Daniels' acclaimed movie Precious. Her memoir hits hard with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, haters, fasion, race, and weight. Irreverent, hilarious, and untraditional, Gabby's book will resonate with anyone who has ever felt different, and with anyone who has ever felt inspired to make a dream come true. --
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Harper Avenue, [2017]
Edition: First Canadian edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781443449373
1443449377
Branch Call Number: 791.43028092 SIDIB
Characteristics: 246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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nordicleather
Nov 07, 2017

Could have gotten the same information about Gabourey from Wikipedia. Not enough feeling. Facts are good but would prefer to know about the feeling being them. Would like to read what she has to write after she has more experience living. She should rewrite her memoir in 25 years.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Sep 27, 2017

I finished this book feeling like I still have no idea who Gabourey Sidibe is, other than the fact that she complains a lot. The whole book felt like she was holding back. She tries to present herself as just a normal, humble, awkward girl. Then she has an entire chapter about how having 2 million dollars and a Manhattan apartment doesn’t mean she’s rich. It should be interesting to read about how she randomly got cast as Precious, how she felt about the role, what it was like filming, and what it was like to get nominated for an Oscar. She barely talks about any of that. Instead she complains that Andre Leon Talley from Vogue talked about her behind her back, how annoying it was that the movie was named after her character, and how her paycheck wasn’t enough.

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MLK1ere
Sep 12, 2017

I like the style; the book is written the way she talks ( if you saw her many TV interviews)

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QnVz
Aug 04, 2017

I absolutely loved 100% her unfiltered truth and ability to so amazingly tell it!! Absolutely 5 star, GOLDEN! material!! LOVE Gabourey!!

debwalker Jul 24, 2017

How to succeed despite a rough upbringing

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MplsTA
Jun 13, 2017

Probably her most well known role is that of Precious in the movie of the same name. I was a little disappointed she did not write more about her experience in filming the movie. She does write about various other jobs she held other than actor such as being a (successful) phone sex operator.

She is a very smart woman who has life figured out at a relatively young age. Like many, she grew up on the edge of poverty and later got a big break because of her talent and determination. She is also very funny. Not afraid to make fun of herself or others.

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