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Around the Way Girl Audiobook

Around the Way Girl: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Zoe 21/10/2016
    Zoe 21/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    I loved it - nicely written - easy to follow will recommend it to friends

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  • Yolanda
    26/10/16
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    "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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Owes
    11/10/16
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    "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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Tammy Holmes
    25/10/16
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    "what a great performance, I love her ...."

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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • MS Goddess
    Mississippi
    26/10/16
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • auntduke
    15/10/16
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    "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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    25/10/16
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    "Phenomenal"

    Her story is so inspiring! You go girl! Makes ms want to get my life together and go after my true passion!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Icettee
    Memphis, TN, United States
    23/10/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    Chatham, VA, United States
    22/10/16
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    "loved it"

    I laughed. I cried. I said what the*** on occasion. but I enjoyed every minute of hearing this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CARLYN GOODWIN DUCRE
    19/10/16
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    "A Masters Class for Your Ass!"

    Sister TPH,as you are forever to be known, presented me with a mirror into so many parts of my soul.I can step back awaiting Oprah's memoir after listening and visualizing your words.Im excited to return to every script you've mouthed in the mirror still being "THAT CHIC"-that daughter mother lover friend-proud to wear bamboo earrings,At least 2 pair, my Chanel bag and occasional bad attitude, wink wink-always laughing and caramel smooth! I look forward to the ageless growth Ms Feisty Bison,as that of Debbie.Meryl,Diane Carroll,Ruby Dee & Cicely Tyson!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Trotwood, OH, US
    18/10/16
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    "Captivating!"

    I was engaged from the very beginning to the very end! I didn't want it to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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