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This Is Just My Face
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare | Gabourey Sidibe
The Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress delivers a much-awaited memoirwise, complex, smart, funnya version of the American experience different from anything weve read Gabourey SidibeGabby to her legion of fansskyrocketed to international fame in 2009 when she played the leading role in Lee Danielss 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 shes 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. Sidibes 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.
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Leelee.reads
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Want to laugh aloud while also nodding your head at truths being told? Then go ahead and add this memoir to your summer racing list 🙌🏽

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Johanna414
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Celebrity memoirs are not really my thing, so I was unsure going into this. It was so funny!! I definitely preferred the chapters about her childhood and family life over the chapters about working in film, but I really enjoyed it overall. @cwarnier I will get it in the mail to you as soon as the kids are out of quarantine and I'm free to go anywhere besides work and home! @kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers #lmpbc

kellyann28 I am picky with my celebrity memoirs and felt the same as you going into this one. It was a pleasant surprise! 2y
Johanna414 @cwarnier I literally just got this mailed out to you today, because I'm the worst... I stuck a little something extra in it to make up for taking so long! You should have it by Wednesday 2y
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Johanna414
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We just got a call that one of the children my kids attend daycare with tested positive for covid this morning... We havent heard anything from our DOH yet but they will probably end up quarantined.
I'm feeling a *little* stressed, so I'm trying to relax with "Tension Tamer" tea and a funny book. I'll probably finish this over the weekend, but will wait til we have the all clear before sending it back
@cwarnier @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 #lmpbc

TheBookHippie 🤞🏻🤍 2y
GypsyKat ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
kellyann28 Oh no, I hope everyone will be just fine! 2y
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Johanna414 @kellyann28 thanks! The health dept finally called - the kids are quarantined all week and we are getting tested on monday... 😒😒😒 2y
cwarnier Hope all goes well, even being quarantined. 2y
kellyann28 @Johanna414 Oh no! Prepare for the brain tickle 2y
TheBookKeepers Oh no!! Ugh that sucks 😩 so sorry Johanna!!! Hang in there mama 2y
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kellyann28
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Loved this memoir! Gabourey is HILARIOUS! Thanks for the great pick, @cwarnier ! I'll get this sent out to @Johanna414 this week sometime ❤
@TheBookKeepers
#LMPBC

TheBookKeepers It was a great pick! 2y
kellyann28 @Johanna414 This is mailed out today! 💜 2y
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Johanna414 I need to finish mine this weekend! I've been in such a reading slump... 2y
kellyann28 @Johanna414 It happens! 2y
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TheBookKeepers
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Yay I finished early this month!! Haha! I really enjoyed this one! I‘ll mail it out to Kelly this week! #lmpbc

@cwarnier @Johanna414 @kellyann28

kellyann28 Look at you being early! 😂😍 2y
Johanna414 Nice!! I started mine last night! 2y
TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 I knew you‘d be proud 🤣. I‘ve gotta be more diligent bc BB feeds could overtake me at any point hahaha!!!! 2y
kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers Thursday night - Sunday is a wash for me on reading because of the feeds. This is rough 😂 2y
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#lmpbc @TheBookKeepers
Ready to mail off, hopefully I get there tomorrow.

cwarnier @TheBookKeepers Mailed off today. Expected delivery is Thursday. 2y
TheBookKeepers Thanks for the update! ❤️ 2y
TheBookKeepers This arrived! I‘ll do a photo update tomorrow love but just wanted to let you know 2y
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cwarnier
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#LMPBC @TheBookKeepers @Kellyann28 @Johanna414
#bookspin #Doublespin @thearomaofbooks
This book has been on my TBR list for a while now. I was super excited to read it, but it ended up disappointing me a bit. I was expecting a bit more of a “wow“ factor and at some points had a hard time reading due to jumping around in time order of events.
Overall I am glad I took the time to read it.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2y
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cwarnier
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#JubliantJuly
So I know I still have half a day, but I am not in a reading mood. I am calling this, and going to go make cards.
I finished the two graphic novels I was in the middle of before this started.
I kept up with #Sundaybuddyread.
I am about half way thought This is Just My Face.
And I know it's not on the goals list, but I read Dear Martin (It was due back at the library).

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cwarnier
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#JubliantJuly
SO here is my update. I got in 28 summers from the library so I am changing my goals.
I will read On the Come UP, but after 28 summers.
Finished: A Fire Story & Something New
In Progress: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
Up Next: This is Just my Face

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nikirtehsuxlol
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Right before quarantine started, I checked out this book from the library. I love Gabbys twitter so we about to check this out.

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Absolutely loved this! Gabourey Sidibe has such a wonderful voice as a writer; I could hear her in my brain as I read this. She does a great job both dispelling any stereotypes people might have about her after assuming she and Precious character are one and the same while talking honestly about the difficulties she's faced in her life. There's a healthy dose of Twitter mockery as well. A great memoir, and I'd love to read more from her!

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DAY 22 #Hollywood | Here are a few movie star memoirs I‘ve enjoyed in the last couple of years. I‘m not one to idolize famous people, but their lives are fascinating. They‘re human like us, but so exposed.

#MOvember
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Great graphics!!!!! I really appreciated the Gabrielle Union memoir 💕 3y
Megabooks Great choices! 3y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks! 🤗 3y
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britt_brooke @Megabooks Thanks! 💚 3y
Blaire We‘re going to need more wine was so good! I‘ve recommended it lots. @cinfhen same here. 3y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I read the novel Push by Sapphire several years back, but wasn‘t able to finish the film “Precious” because reliving that gut-wrenching story was too much. What I did experience of Sidibe‘s performance was incredible. It turns out, she‘s a brilliant storyteller and talented writer, too. In this honest and funny memoir, she lays bare her unique family history, career, body image, etc. Fantastic on audio!

Megabooks Agreed! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Agreed too! 3y
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cwarnier
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I love this box. Thank you so much. I cant wait to read all 4 of these books!
@SamHeartCoffee
@BookishMarginalia #summersantagoespostal

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cyril 💙💙 3y
SamHeartCoffee I am so glad you like everything! Enjoy! 3y
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Aswenson
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Better late than never! #swensonreads #swensonreads2018
Didn‘t make my Goodreads goal last year, but new baby made for far fewer reading opportunities.
Here‘s to reaching my 100 book goal for 2019!

readordierachel 🎉🎉🎉 4y
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jmofo
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#tarottakeover Day 6: The Chariot, a card of victory, focusing intent and will, establishing identity, and confidence. Tough as many books might be spoiled if I chose them. I offer This is Just My Face as Gabourey is definitely one of confidence but she is not afraid to show her vulnerabilities and feelings, which makes this book all the more a victory. She has a strong and playful identity and continues to do well. Fun and meaningful read.

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1. Tagged 📖
2. Anything by Tom Petty always puts me in a good mood! 🎸
3. The Beach! 🏖
4. My son and my husband! 👪
5. Tacos 🌮 (Today is National Taco Day!)

#hellothursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! ☺️ 4y
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I wasn‘t expecting the humor, so this turned into a pleasant surprise. Gabourey is funny and spirited and it‘ll be interesting to see what she does next.

#memoir #humor

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Last line: P.S. Yes, it is hella awkward whenever I run into anyone from Nsync.

AileenRR 😂 4y
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First line: Halloween night a year ago.

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Lastly, a shout-out to my therapist. Get dat money, girl. 😂😂

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Kathy Najimi

SleepyDragon And Sister Act ... 4y
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We had champagne dreams for our beer budget film.

Insomnia lol don't we all!$!$ 4y
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The only time something got interesting in my life was when someone said yes.

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My beauty doesnt come from a mirror. Never has and never will.

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How would my skinny body support the weight of my huge ego?

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Wouldnt it be nice if money bought love? But it doesnt. It buys resentment.

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How many psychics does it take to convince a sad little girl that she can be much more than the world is telling her she is? None. Shes got to be able to convince herself to show up for her own life.

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My instincts had been telling me to pursue something else-art- but my fear had been louder

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Im not sure the mental gymnastics are worth it.

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Change was in the air like a cloud and it was finally raining on me.

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I prefer my world to smell like strawberries and look like rainbows...

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Were not as fractured as I sometimes think. Were all we have, yes, but were enough.

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We didnt have rules or structure because we literally had no space for them.

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She always sees opportunity wjere I see only fear and death.

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In school the feeling of being special became the feeling of being different. Children are assholes and they ruin everything.

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Dont let anyone take away your joy....

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That was some soap opera shit that didnt happen to real people.

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Gaboureys biography was so-so. I didnt love it and I expected it to be way funnier, but it certainly wadnt bad and i did learn alot about her life. I pulled some good quotes (that ill post later) out.

elpintor1 I'm curious, how many book do to read in a month😕? Approximately 😁 4y
rather_be_reading @elpintor1 about 1 a week when i can and then one book a month for my book club so around 5 4y
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My Tuesday book date 📚

mrsmarch I 💯Gabourey! 4y
umbrellagirl I don‘t know what that is but I know I want it! 4y
rather_be_reading @umbrellagirl 😂😂 its potato taquitos covered with cheese & red sauce with sour cream on the side 4y
umbrellagirl @rather_be_reading And now I really want some 😍 4y
rather_be_reading @umbrellagirl hahah oopsy 🙈🙈 4y
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1. Some
2. Guessing 95:5 fiction
3. Memoirs/biographies
4. The Last Black Unicorn 🦄
5. Loved it

#HelloThursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 4y
Bookjunkie57 @wanderinglynn thanks for running this every week. I really enjoy starting my day with a little game. 😁 4y
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Gabourey is hilarious. I eagerly await her next book.

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Every Tuesday on my lunch break I treat myself to my favorite place near my work in a cute little village. Heres my book date today.

Pagemasta Ooh I wanna read that book so bad! Any good? 4y
rather_be_reading @Pagemasta so good so far! 4y
zzz I'm just staring at that plate 4y
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rather_be_reading @Jen_is_always_reading haha!! it was so good. chicken taquito with lots of good stuff on top 4y
LibrarianIn3B That plate is inspiring me to start the same weekly tradition. 4y
rather_be_reading @LibrarianIn3B 😂😂 yes u shud! 4y
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I count down the minutes until theyre gone so I can finally take my pants off. (Adulthood is all about waiting to take your pants off)

Magpiegem Yes. Yes it is. 😄 4y
riversong153 I took my pants off as soon as I got home!! 4y
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Mithah Ain‘t that the truth! 😂 4y
rather_be_reading @Mithah ikr 😂😂 4y
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A little company driving home.

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...fathers and sons should discuss why no one should ever be raped in the first place... (12)

GingerAntics Does this have to even be said? I would have thought that would be a given, but I suppose that‘s the problem. Father‘s think they‘ve raised good sons, but they‘ve never had this conversation (where I live they were far more concerned with only ever saying “don‘t have sex until you‘re married” and absolutely nothing else about sex). 4y
rather_be_reading @GingerAntics when i read this i had the same exact thoughts. u just assume parents are having the important talks but i dont think they are. 4y
GingerAntics More and more, I really don‘t think they are. I‘m sure some do - I personally know some that do - but some/a lot don‘t (in fact, I personally know some that don‘t). They feel uncomfortable, so they just don‘t have the conversations. It‘s disturbing. 4y
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😂😂

Susanita Ew 4y
Readingismyescape Ugh. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 4y
jmofo Such a good read! 4y
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rather_be_reading @jmofo yesss so far so good 4y
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All of his compliments feel like heaven... (page 4)