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Publisher's Summary

Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson reads her 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 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 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.
©2016 On Top of the World, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
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By Yolanda on 10-26-16

Around My way, Your Way & Every Woman's way

All I can say is that Ms. Taraji was an absolute DELIGHT to listen to. I can't even imagine not hearing her voice tell such a funny , sometimes sad, but always uplifting memoir!

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By Karen Owes on 10-11-16

Harlem World & The Around the Way Girl

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to the young mothers that I work with in Harlem. Taraji's candid style and skills as a Griot (traditional African village storyteller) are captivating and motivating. She is an excellent example of disciple, focus and pursuit of dreams against the odds.

What did you like best about this story?

What I liked best about the story, other than Taraji reading it aloud, were her candid vignettes about her family, her relationship with her father and the father of her child. Her tales of navigating motherhood and planning career success are particularly supportive for single mothers who may be in doubt of their power and drive to succeed in any endeavor.

Which character – as performed by Taraji P. Henson – was your favorite?

My favorite character hands down was Taraji's' father. A solider, Vietnam Veteran and craftsman ! He never stopped trying to remake himself and he truly loved his family. He went from homeless to hopeful and gainfully employed. His memories are sprinkled throughout the book. They make us laugh and they sometimes make us cry.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

When I woke up this morning and received the email from Audible that my book was available, I called out from work to marathon listen to the book.

Any additional comments?

I hope Taraji does a coffee table book with her collected pictures. I would like her to publish another book for actors about getting into character and embracing the art. She has a lot of experience and she can tell the story like "A round da way girl" ! I LOVE the part where you met Mary J. Blige and she dissed you only for y'all to eventually become good friends -admiration and respect. Sisterhood is eternal.

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By Shamira St.Aubyn-Agoreyo on 07-21-17

Amazing and truly inspiring

I loved every moment of this book. She really showed her truth in this book I know I loved every movie she was in but know I understand why I loved her. Thank you for inspiring and teaching me about why you should own your truth. And showing why working hard is important to being successful but remember to enjoy your work. raising a black son is one of the hardest jobs out there. May God alway bless you. I will recommend this book to everyone that I know.

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By Amazon Customer on 10-08-17

Fantastic Inspiring for Women of all ages

i have really enjoyed this book
as well as listening to the audio and following along in my paperback copy.
taraji is inspiring spiritual and an amazing woman she has talent and truth and i enjoyed hearing things about how she goes with her career and how she feels with being a mother, dating and also the pros and cons of being a actress

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