This Is Just My Face
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. 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 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.”

This Is Just My Face Details

TitleThis Is Just My Face
Author
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2017
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN0544786769
ISBN-139780544786769
Number of pages256 pages
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Biography Memoir, Adult, Humor, Funny, Cultural, African American, Feminism

This Is Just My Face Review

  • Roxane
    January 5, 2017
    Gabourey Sidibe’s delightful memoir This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare offers a memorable look into what happens when a black girl’s dreams come true, from the inside out. From her unique childhood as the daughter of a subway singer mother and polygamous father to struggling with depression to getting the role of Precious, Sidibe is fearless, incredibly funny and gorgeously open. What she offers of herself in these pages is a gift. Also, major side eye to lee daniels. And andre leon talley.
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  • Emir Ibañez
    December 8, 2016
    God I'm so looking forward to read this, I can't wait!
  • Vicky Griffith
    February 7, 2017
    Charming memoir from a spectacular woman, even (especially?) because of the flaws she is so willing to admit.
  • Gerard Villegas
    April 29, 2017
    "And she's telling you she's not going...."Dreamgirls' Effie White character can best sum up who actress Gabourey Sidibe is. Smart, talented, and beautiful, she is well aware of her plus size status and is unapologetic about it. She just doesn't need you to be rude about it.From her star making debut as Precious Jones in the film Precious, Gabourey has dealt with issues of her body image, eating disorders, and fair share of bullying from her classmates. However, that hasn't deterred her from emb "And she's telling you she's not going...."Dreamgirls' Effie White character can best sum up who actress Gabourey Sidibe is. Smart, talented, and beautiful, she is well aware of her plus size status and is unapologetic about it. She just doesn't need you to be rude about it.From her star making debut as Precious Jones in the film Precious, Gabourey has dealt with issues of her body image, eating disorders, and fair share of bullying from her classmates. However, that hasn't deterred her from embracing life and becoming the success that she is today. Growing up in New York City as the child of a Senegalese cab driver for a father and a hard working subway singer for a mother, it is no wonder that Gabourey would have an usual upbringing that shaped the person she was about to become. In her book, she details her father's polygamist traditions which put a strain on her parents marriage but somehow manage to finish college while supporting herself as a phone sex operator. She also goes into detail about the difficulties of being a full sized actress in Hollywood, especially with an industry that is body conscious. One thing to note is that Gabourey wrote every word in her autobiography. Sure, it's simplistic in its style and appears more of a personal diary but at least she didn't hire a ghost writer to translate as most celebrity bios usually do. You have to commend the girl for making the book her own.This is Just My Face is a fun, light read and one to enjoy for a plane ride. Plus, Gabourey is just so adorable and likable. How can you not love her?Like I quote from Dreamgirls, "And...you...and you...are gonna love...ME!!!!"
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