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This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare
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This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare


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.”

Title:This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:246 pages
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  • Roxane
    Jan 05, 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 chil...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jun 24, 2017

    I usually do not read a whole lot of celebrity memoir-slash-essay books if the celebrity is not a writer or comedian whose work I'm familiar with. But I was so charmed by the cover and title of Gabour...

  • Emir Ibaez
    Dec 08, 2016

    God I'm so looking forward to read this, I can't wait!...

  • Kelly
    Jun 30, 2017

    A funny, punchy read that will appeal to those readers who love Mindy Kaling's memoirs. Gabby's voice is fabulous and her storytelling is engaging. Loved her talk about working on a sex line as a talk...

  • Valerie
    May 19, 2017

    Reading Gabourey Sidibe's funny, introspective, and healing reflections on her life was a pleasure. On top of reaffirming how much I adore the memoir/autobiography genre (I've been reading a lot more ...

  • Ebony Rose
    Jun 07, 2017

    One of my reading goals this year was to read more nonfiction and poetry. And for some reason, reading memoirs is how that goal has manifested. This is interesting because for the longest time I have ...

  • Janine
    May 29, 2017

    I enjoyed this book, and in a way that felt different than other celebrity autobiographies I have read. For one, I felt like Sidibe is a lot different in real life than I expected...and also kind of n...

  • Melissa
    Jun 15, 2017

    Sassy and serious! Sexism, eating disorders, phone sex workers, anxiety/depression, hair issues, psychics, twitter craziness, your dad's big secret...these are just some of the subjects that make an a...

  • Gerard Villegas
    Apr 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 a...

  • Smoran8m
    May 22, 2017

    Yes, yes, yes, yes yes. First, memoirs should always be listened to in audio with the author reading them. Audio format at its best. And Gabourey (rhymes with cabaret) is perfect at this. She talks to...