Thicker than Water: A Memoir

Thicker than Water: A Memoir

by Kerry Washington

Narrated by Kerry Washington

Unabridged — 8 hours, 59 minutes

Thicker than Water: A Memoir

Thicker than Water: A Memoir

by Kerry Washington

Narrated by Kerry Washington

Unabridged — 8 hours, 59 minutes

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Star power doesn't get any higher than Kerry Washington, and here we have her moving memoir of personal growth as she rose to become one of the most recognizable actresses in the world. Ripe with inspiration and ceaseless positivity, this is a read that floats to the top of the celebrity memoir market.

Award-winning actor, director, producer, and activist Kerry Washington shares the deeply moving journey of her life so far, and the bravely intimate story of discovering her truth.

While on a drive in Los Angeles, on a seemingly average afternoon, Kerry Washington received a text message that would send her on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. In an instant, her very identity was torn apart, with everything she thought she knew about herself thrown into question.
In Thicker than Water, Washington gives readers an intimate view into both her public and private worlds-as an artist, an advocate, an entrepreneur, a mother, a daughter, a wife, a Black woman. Chronicling her upbringing and life's journey thus far, she reveals how she faced a series of challenges and setbacks, effectively hid childhood traumas, met extraordinary mentors, managed to grow her career, and crossed the threshold into stardom and political advocacy, ultimately discovering her truest self and, with it, a deeper sense of belonging.*
Throughout this profoundly moving and beautifully written memoir, Washington*attempts to answer the questions so many have struggled with:*Who am I? What is my truest and most authentic self? How do I find a deeper sense of connection and belonging?*With grace and honesty, Washington inspires readers to search for-and find-themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"I read Thicker than Water in one sitting, astonished by Washington’s thrilling story and shimmering writing. Washington is more honest in these pages than she has to be, and the result is a book that will heal hearts and relationships. Thicker than Water will keep readers up at night—flipping pages and thinking: Good Lord, she can write, too??? Yep, she sure as hell can."—Glennon Doyle, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Untamed

"If Kerry Washington's superpower in acting is that she can make the viewer feel intimate with someone we've never known, her writing superpower is that she can make us relive a life we've never lived. Utterly immersive, beautifully descriptive, and radically honest, this book takes a compassionate sledgehammer to the facades that so many of us create about ourselves and our families. It's such a gift."—Trevor Noah, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Born a Crime

“With a true gift for prose, Kerry Washington conveys an intoxicating passion and gratitude for her life. I found myself captivated by every chapter, at her side, inspired by the full spectrum of her experience.”—Gwyneth Paltrow, actor and founder of goop

SEPTEMBER 2023 -- AudioFile

This heartfelt memoir takes listeners from Kerry Washington's childhood in the Bronx through her award-winning career thus far. The Emmy and SAG winner and Golden Globe nominee recounts her extraordinary life as a Black female actor and activist who aims to break down barriers, as well as a devoted daughter, mentor, director, and producer. With humor and honesty, Washington addresses many questions, including: Who am I? What is my truest and most authentic self? How do I find a deeper sense of connection and belonging? Narrating with grace and style, Washington offers candid moments of joy and anguish--from her elation upon getting her first important roles as an actor to the sadness of the many painful truths she's encountered and selfless decisions she's made throughout her life. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine

Kirkus Reviews

The star of Scandal shares her life story.

Most people know Washington (b. 1977) from her role as Washington, D.C., “fixer” Olivia Pope in Scandal, the series that launched thousands of provocative tweets and even a fashion line. But the author wasn’t new to Hollywood or drama by the time she was cast in the role that would make her a household name. Washington begins her memoir with an explosive cliffhanger, letting the central question hover just below the surface until she’s ready to revisit it near the end of the text. Washington was an only child who loved her parents and her apartment complex’s swimming pool. Unlike at the pool, however, where she felt the most freedom, the time she spent with her parents was often strained. She strove for success in all endeavors and usually found it, yet she felt she was never as connected as she wanted to be to her parents. This lack of connection is especially evident in her response to the “sexual trauma that had remained a secret for far too long.” Washington confronted the perpetrator, but she wanted to protect her parents and never told them. Acting proved to be the perfect vocation for her. Throughout high school and college, Washington diligently honed her natural talent for the stage and screen. As an adult swept up in the Obama campaign, she discovered a deeper purpose and identity. “This is when the connection between art and social change became crystal clear to me,” she writes. “I started to understand the power of representation, the need for people to see themselves in the content they consume, but also the power of content to change how they think and feel and behave.”

Well paced and artfully crafted, Washington’s memoir reminds us of the volumes we all carry but seldom speak.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940178074275
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 09/26/2023
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 388,288
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