This Is Just My Face

This Is Just My Face

Try Not to Stare

Book - 2017
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The Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress delivers a much-awaited memoir--wise, complex, smart, funny--that is different from anything we've read.

One of Glamour's "Best Books to Read in 2017" * One of Entertainment Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books for 2017" and "Best Books to Read in May" * One of People Magazine's "22 Super-Revealing Celeb Memoirs to Read Right Now" * One of Hollywood Reporter's "27 Books to Watch For in 2017" * One of Elite Daily's "5 Celebs About to Light up the Red Carpet and Release Books in 2017" * One of Bustle's "20 Best Non-Fiction Books Coming in May 2017" * One of HelloGiggles' "7 Celebrity Memoirs We Can't Wait to Read This Year" * One of Nylon's "50 Books We Can't Wait To Read In 2017" * One of Bustle's "9 Books By Celebrity Women Being Released in 2017 To Add To Your TBR" * One of Cosmopolitan's "10 Books You Need to Read in 2017"

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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harperavenue, 2017
ISBN: 9781443449373
Branch Call Number: 791.43028 SID 2017
Characteristics: 246 pages


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Jun 17, 2019

For those looking for a positive representation of a fat woman, I’m not sure this is the book. Sidibe claims to love her body, but she also discusses diabetes casually and undergoes weight-loss surgery. Although every individual body is only the owner’s business, many fat-positive activists caution against weight-loss surgery as a mechanism to mutilate fat people in the name of happiness, with some medical professionals even touting cures to health issues the fat person may not have, like diabetes or high blood pressure.

Overall, Sidibe’s book is simplistic, jumps around, and tries to be hip. I felt it would be a good read for teenagers, though she does use strong language.

Dec 24, 2018

I've had Gabourey Sidibe's memoir for almost 2 months now. I've seen it on display at the library a few times but didn't decide to borrow it until Election Day after participating in early voting at the Hickory Grove branch. Honestly, I thought that I'd end up returning it to the library before actually reading it. However, after reading Gabourey's essay in Glory Edim's, Well-Read Black Girl anthology, I knew that I wanted to learn more about Gabourey's story.

Gabourey's memoir was really good. I love how down-to-earth she is and her humor (I laughed on several occasions while reading it). I love the fact that writing a book about her life helped her heal in some areas and grow in others. I'm happy that she's embracing her purpose and pursuing film directing too. I found her story to be truly inspirational and I plan to keep an eye out for more of her work. Kudos to you Gabourey!

Jun 08, 2018

I enjoyed reading this book. First, I had no idea that her family was from Senegal. I also appreciated her struggle with weight. I am not overweight but I appreciated her honesty about it. Know that if you are bullying someone about their weight, looks, talent etc. they are harder on themselves than you ever will be. Great read.

Nov 07, 2017

Could have gotten the same information about Gabourey from Wikipedia. Not enough feeling. Facts are good but would prefer to know about the feeling being them. Would like to read what she has to write after she has more experience living. She should rewrite her memoir in 25 years.

Sep 27, 2017

I finished this book feeling like I still have no idea who Gabourey Sidibe is, other than the fact that she complains a lot. The whole book felt like she was holding back. She tries to present herself as just a normal, humble, awkward girl. Then she has an entire chapter about how having 2 million dollars and a Manhattan apartment doesn’t mean she’s rich. It should be interesting to read about how she randomly got cast as Precious, how she felt about the role, what it was like filming, and what it was like to get nominated for an Oscar. She barely talks about any of that. Instead she complains that Andre Leon Talley from Vogue talked about her behind her back, how annoying it was that the movie was named after her character, and how her paycheck wasn’t enough.

Sep 12, 2017

I like the style; the book is written the way she talks ( if you saw her many TV interviews)

Aug 04, 2017

I absolutely loved 100% her unfiltered truth and ability to so amazingly tell it!! Absolutely 5 star, GOLDEN! material!! LOVE Gabourey!!

debwalker Jul 24, 2017

How to succeed despite a rough upbringing

Jun 13, 2017

Probably her most well known role is that of Precious in the movie of the same name. I was a little disappointed she did not write more about her experience in filming the movie. She does write about various other jobs she held other than actor such as being a (successful) phone sex operator.

She is a very smart woman who has life figured out at a relatively young age. Like many, she grew up on the edge of poverty and later got a big break because of her talent and determination. She is also very funny. Not afraid to make fun of herself or others.


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Dec 24, 2018

I prayed that whatever my life was supposed to be, whatever my path was, I would finally be on it... It wasn't that my purpose was to be a movie star; it was just for my life to begin.

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