"Gabourey Sidibe's delightful memoir offers a memorable look into what happens when a black girl's dreams come true, from the inside out. Sidibe is fearless, incredibly funny, and gorgeously open. What she offers of herself in these pages is a gift."--Roxane Gay
In This Is Just My Face, Gabourey Sidibe--the "gives-zero-effs queen of Hollywood AND perceptive best friend in your head" (Lena Dunham)--paints her unconventional rise to fame with full-throttle honesty. Sidibe tells engrossing, inspiring stories about her Bed-Stuy/Harlem/Senegalese family life with a polygamous father and a gifted mother who supports her two children by singing in the subway, her first job as a phone sex "talker," and her Oscar-nominated role in Lee Daniels's Precious.
Sidibe's memoir hits hard with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, celebrity, weight, haters, fashion, race, and depression ("Sidibe's heartfelt exploration of insecurity . . . makes us love her" --O Magazine). Irreverent, hilarious, and untraditional, This Is Just My Face will resonate with anyone who has ever felt different, and with anyone who has ever felt inspired to make a dream come true.
"This memoir is] a book you will want to give your daughter." --New York Times
"Sidibe's hilarious Twitter account is no fluke--the Empire actress's memoir about growing up in New York City and finding unexpected fame in Hollywood is sharp, witty, and wonderfully substantive." --Entertainment Weekly