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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 Kathy on 07-02-17

Do You Know Who Taraji P. Henson Is?

Do you know who Taraji P. Henson is? If you do, you will love her memoir. If you don't, well then, it is time to get to know her, as she is a very entertaining actress and an all-around fascinating person, too.

I first encountered Taraji on the streaming TV show, Person of Interest. Its a fun, slightly futuristic, big brother-like, show with very compelling, quirky characters. I enjoyed it immensely and especially Taraji, who plays a cop. You don't see many black females playing competent cops, do you? She is a great actress and was a wonderful addition to the show. So, I recommend both book and TV show. Or, the TV show and the book, depending on if you know who Taraji is.

Taraji has a great sense of humor, she won't take no for an answer in her determination to succeed in life, is a great mother, is quite intelligent, and as said above, is a very talented actress. And, she had a very memorable father.

So, here you have two recommendations from me, for both a book and a TV show. Both will make you smile alot. I promise.

And now, I am plotting on how I can watch more of Taraji on television, especially in the "Cookie" role.

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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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