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Just as I Am
Just as I Am: A Memoir | Cicely Tyson
In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only exceeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history. President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Honor ceremony "Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say. Cicely Tyson
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jfoster
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“A well told story, in whichever artistic medium it is delivered, can touch corners of the soul otherwise unreachable.” (222)

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jfoster
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Current read! I love it so far and I‘m almost halfway done !

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Cinfhen
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“This is my story, this is my song”
Wow, I just took a 16 hour master class on Black History, seen through the eyes of the illustrious Cicely Tyson. Written when she was 96 years old, Ms. Tyson reflects on what is was like being a black women coming of age in 1920‘s Harlem. A powerhouse of grace, grit, poise, energy and influence, she shares and ruminates about her life‘s journey and all the incredible people whose path she‘s crossed.👇🏼

Cinfhen What a gift and joy this memoir/audio was. Audio narration by Robin Miles was phenomenal. Sadly within weeks of the memoir‘s release, Cicely Tyson passed away. RIP 2mo
TrishB Sounds interesting 👍🏻 2mo
kspenmoll Great review! 2mo
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Cinfhen She was born in 1924 and passed away in 2021 @TrishB she mentions living through 16 US presidents, Rosa Parks, MLK, JFK, BLM, MeToo movement and so many other defining moments. It‘s an incredible memoir @kspenmoll 2mo
Smrloomis Yeah @kspenmoll is right! Great review!!! 2mo
Megabooks I wish I hadn‘t passed on this earlier. 2mo
Cinfhen I would strongly suggest you add this at some point next year @Megabooks maybe during Black History month. It‘s an important piece regarding the last 100 years @Smrloomis and Ms. Tyson was the right person to school me!!! She was a force to be reckoned with 🙌🏻💜 2mo
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Cinfhen
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Just look at this gorgeous photo! Very excited my hold came in. Cicely Tyson lived through the most explosive decade. Born in Harlem 1924 and passed away this year. Almost 100 years of living! So glad that Ms. Tyson had the opportunity to share her story before her death. Her voice is commanding and sultry. It‘s clear this was a woman of wisdom and grace.

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Julsmarshall
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Elegant, honest, captivating and beautiful, this autobiography is just like the woman herself. I love the depths in which Ms. Tyson plumbs her life story here and was riveted by every minute. While I own this in print, I listened on #audio during my walks and I loved the narrator. Ms.Tyson and Viola Davis (who wrote the forward), also narrated pieces as well. Fantastic!! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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SW-T
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This was amazing! I‘m so glad she was able to write and complete this before she died. What an awesome legacy she left. Her story, much like her acting, is outstanding. She lived her life boldly in full color once she found her voice. Her drive and determination are inspiring.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Ms Tyson was such an absolute trailblazing legend. Grateful that she (maybe with a ghost writer) was able to complete this book before she passed. What a remarkable life, filled with determination and drive. The book is well written, with just enough juicy celebrity gossip to keep you entertained, while she also leads you through how hard it was (& is) to be a Black woman in America and in this industry.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I am finishing up this book today got curious & read some GR reviews, This one white woman's review struck me. She knocks 2 stars off the book for bc she doesn't like Tyson's faith (which doesn't hurt anyone) and 1 off BC Tyson doesn't react to all situations as the reviewer would.
I just find it interesting how others rate books so strongly based on if they "relate" or flush out exactly how the reviewer (who cannot conceive that life) would want

ChaoticMissAdventures I try to rate and review books based on the books merit. Is it well written, does the timeline make sense, if they are famous are they giving us more then we could learn by watching an interview with them? I definitely do not judge the book by moves real people made in their life. Especially not a powerhouse Black woman who grew up in 20-30's Harlem. 8mo
CaffeineAndCandy Nice points 8mo
Centique Completely agree that the other reviewer has some messed up thinking about how to rate memoirs. 🤯 This book sounds amazing! 8mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Centique it is so good! I didn't know a lot about her, the biggest thing I think is knowing she had a daughter! Apparently no one knows who this daughter is, she likes her privacy which I find fascinating and I hope this woman can keep her privacy through nosy people. 8mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Yesterday was a holiday for the US so this means my whole week is going to be me saying "What day is it?". But hoping to get through these three books!
#weeklyforcast

Coleen_Nieto Isn't it the worst? 4 day work weeks feel longer than 5 day weeks sometimes. 8mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Coleen_Nieto oh for sure! I work in international law so it just means I have to do 5 days worth of work in 4 days! So stressful. 8mo
Coleen_Nieto Yes!!! 8mo
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Melismatic
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Mehso-so

A modern icon. I wish this had more tidbits about her acting but I honestly had no idea she was married to Miles Davis & had such a volatile relationship. 🥺

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jploves2read
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This book was EVERYTHING! I loved it! Her story is amazing. As I was reading I could imagine her just sitting in a corner telling me the story of her life. It was glorious. At times heat-breaking and at times life affirming. I just loved everything about this book, especially the closing. Read it! #blitsy #blacklitsy #memoir #goodblackreads

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jploves2read
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When I tell you I laughed out loud. This woman is something else! I love her spirit. 🙂

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jploves2read
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When I tell you this woman and this book is everything. Reading this book is giving me so much. 🙂

RebL 😳🤘 10mo
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WellRedBookSnob
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Required reading for every Black woman! Ahhhhh I loved this book so much.

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jploves2read
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If I can‘t make it through the introduction without shedding a tear I know this is going to be a special read.

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jploves2read
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From the life of one amazing woman to another. 🙂

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Eggs
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Magnificent Unique Woman

#3wordreviews @ShyBookOwl - Tag a recent book and write a 3 word review

Thanks for the tag @Mavey 🥰🥰

TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! 😘🥰🤗 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved her... I didn‘t know she recently passed 😞 11mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks She lived to 96! 11mo
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wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag 😘 11mo
marleed Oh thanks for the tag. I‘ll respond on my review tomorrow! 11mo
Eggs @wanderinglynn @marleed you‘re most welcome 🙏🏻 11mo
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NikkiCureton
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Listening to the story of this icon. Very excited for this one.

NikkiCureton Beautiful story of a true icon! I learned so much about someone I grew up watching and thought I “knew.” She lived such a full and interesting life. 9mo
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actualdisneyprincess
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This is excellent so far; what an incredible woman she was. #justasiam #cicelytyson #memoir #blackgirlmagic #trailblazer #emmywinner #tonywinner #icon #restinpower

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LatrelWhite
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My current situation.💕

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amma-keep-reading
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Experiencing the journey that was Cicely Tyson's life was an amazing way to end Black History Month and start Women's Month in a time like this.

Part Memoir. Part American history. Part Self Help Book. I want to thank Ms Cicely Tyson for taking to time to share her life and talents with the world.

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BeaG
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I loved it, but I loved her. I liked the beginning more as it covered her childhood. There was a lot that I didn‘t know about her and therefore enjoyed learning more about her.

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My Cicely Memoir came❤️🥰

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BeaG
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My weekend read.

Nute Yes! I‘m all about the same thing! 12mo
BeaG @Nute ❤️ 12mo
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LatrelWhite
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Legendary #JustAsIAm She will be missed! RIP😢❤️

CaliforniaCay 😢🖤 12mo
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RIP

wanderinglynn I read about her passing earlier today. Such a sad week. First Chloris Leachman and now Ciceley Tyson. 😢 12mo
Scochrane26 I didn‘t see that she died. Sad 12mo
Kdgordon88 I didn‘t know about either one...tremendous losses. 12mo
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EdnaC I just saw that she had passed. Such a talent. 12mo
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CaliforniaCay
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A mere 2 days after her book was published 😔 Atleast she had a long life 🖤🌹

SW-T She was supposed to be interviewed by Tyler Perry on Monday as part of a virtual book tour. I was thinking of signing up when I saw this. Heartbreaking 💔💔💔She was such an icon and an amazing actress. 😢💔 12mo
MallenNC The timing with her book release is so sad! But I‘m glad she was able to live so long and enjoy her accolades. 12mo
HOTPock3tt I had just heard about this book! And was curious to read about her life. Omg so sad 12mo
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Chelleo This really broke my heart 😢 12mo
KVanRead Just saw her interview with Gayle King on CBS.😢 12mo
UwannaPublishme 😢💔 12mo
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CaliforniaCay
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This was released today! I only know Cicely from a few small roles but I look forward to reading more about her life (she's 96) and her career which has spanned over 60 years! What a woman 😍

TheBookHippie I saw all the press for this! Looks good. 12mo
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RiaWritten
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Watching the incredible Cicely Tyson at ALA Midwinter. Can you believe she's 96??