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Around the Way Girl

A Memoir
Lu par : Taraji P. Henson
Durée : 7 h et 27 min
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2017 Audie Award Finalist for Autobiography/Memoir 

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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  • Yolanda
  • 26/10/2016

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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  • Karen Owes
  • 11/10/2016

Harlem World & The Around the Way Girl

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to the young mothers that I work with in Harlem. Taraji's candid style and skills as a Griot (traditional African village storyteller) are captivating and motivating. She is an excellent example of disciple, focus and pursuit of dreams against the odds.

What did you like best about this story?

What I liked best about the story, other than Taraji reading it aloud, were her candid vignettes about her family, her relationship with her father and the father of her child. Her tales of navigating motherhood and planning career success are particularly supportive for single mothers who may be in doubt of their power and drive to succeed in any endeavor.

Which character – as performed by Taraji P. Henson – was your favorite?

My favorite character hands down was Taraji's' father. A solider, Vietnam Veteran and craftsman ! He never stopped trying to remake himself and he truly loved his family. He went from homeless to hopeful and gainfully employed. His memories are sprinkled throughout the book. They make us laugh and they sometimes make us cry.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

When I woke up this morning and received the email from Audible that my book was available, I called out from work to marathon listen to the book.

Any additional comments?

I hope Taraji does a coffee table book with her collected pictures. I would like her to publish another book for actors about getting into character and embracing the art. She has a lot of experience and she can tell the story like "A round da way girl" ! I LOVE the part where you met Mary J. Blige and she dissed you only for y'all to eventually become good friends -admiration and respect. Sisterhood is eternal.

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  • auntduke
  • 15/10/2016

Taraji P HENSONS Story Around the way Girl:

I listened to it in one sitting. it is amazing how much the same your life can be with someone totally different can be the same. as I listened to her story it was like I already knew her . Her story is not just a black woman's story it is every woman's story. love and loss ad figuring it out along the way. she deserves every thing she gets I am a huge 62 year old white Empire fan. learned to understand rap . love her story and this book is honest and beautiful was the lady that wrote it.

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  • Kathy in CA
  • 02/07/2017

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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  • Francine G.
  • 09/12/2016

The truth in her words

Great book a must read or listen. Taraji draws you in and you can't stop. Well written can't wait for the next book.

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  • MS Goddess
  • 26/10/2016

Award Worthy!

I loved every second of Taraji's story. I listen to Audiobooks during my commute. Many times I found myself so enthralled and entertained I would extend my listening time long after I made it to my destination. I couldn't wait to hear the next chapter. Taraji's narration of her own story was OSCAR, EMMY, TONY worthy. Whatever award there is for Best Narration, she wins hands down! She had me laughing, crying, and celebrating with her. Wonderfully done.

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  • Nene
  • 22/12/2016

Cookie!!!

This book was everything!!! I have listened to it twice
And I FELT IT GO THROUGH MY SOUL

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  • Tammy Holmes
  • 25/10/2016

what a great performance, I love her ....

I love her on so many levels....she's keeps my hope alive. Her daddy is everything.

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  • Icettee
  • 23/10/2016

If you like Taraji you will love her story.

I love the way she told her story. There were a lot of funny moments and moments that made you say hmmmmm.

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  • Moe_Moe
  • 31/08/2019

I still love you Taraji but.....

Struggled a bit to finish this book bc the narration was so bad. Good story overall.

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  • Kande Kamuanya
  • 13/04/2019

Real life from a real Women!

As an single mother listening to Taraji P. Henson story has motivated me to continue being strong, and persuing my dream, and that relying on God is important!