The Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress delivers a much-awaited memoir—wise, complex, smart, funny—a version of the American experience different from anything we’ve read Gabourey Sidibe—“Gabby” to her legion of fans—skyrocketed to international fame in 2009 when she played the leading role in Lee Daniels’s acclaimed movie Precious. In This is Just My Face, she shares a one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters she’s played onscreen. With full-throttle honesty, 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 engrossing, inspiring story of her first job as a phone sex “talker.” And she shares her unconventional (of course!) 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.”
Sidibe’s memoir hits hard with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, haters, fashion, race, and weight (“If I could just get the world to see me the way I see myself,” she writes, “would my body still be a thing you walked away thinking about?”). Irreverent, hilarious, and untraditional, This Is Just My Face takes its place and fills a void on the shelf of writers from Mindy Kaling to David Sedaris to Lena Dunham.
About the Author
GABOUREY SIDIBE is an award-winning actress who is best known for the title role of Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire. She has since starred as Queenie in FX’s American Horror Story: Coven and Denise in Difficult People, and can currently be seen as Becky on Fox's smash hit sensation Empire. This Is Just My Face is her first book.
Table of Contents
1 Claw-foot Tub and Mermaid Tail 1
2 Virgin fo' Life 11
3 Why You Shouldn't Marry for a Green Card 22
4 A Psychic Told Me So 42
5 #BlackGirlMagic 50
6 Make a Wish 62
7 Parade of Ugly 73
8 A Door of One's Own 82
9 Obituary 89
10 Gabourey, But You Can Call Me Gabby 104
11 MYOB: Mind Your Own Body 118
12 Twelve Sixty-six 134
13 Is This a Date? 155
14 Another Psychic Told Me So 175
15 Head of Household 195
16 Senegalese Crown 208
17 Will I Still Be Beautiful When I'm Not Fat? 214
18 Next 231
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great book that speaks well written words from the heart. You go girl.
I really appreciate the realness of this book. After reading this, I feel like I’ve known her all my life and we’ve never even met. Definitely a great read!
I really enjoyed reading this book. I gave a person like more hope and more motivation to go after my dreams no matter what others say or do. It helped me see myself in light all I have been through. I know now that it is not about how I look but about how I feel about myself. That is a power of it's own.
Excellent book. I highly recommend it. Gabby is a great writer. She's very funny and brutally honest.