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Around the Way Girl: A Memoir

Author/Illustrator: Taraji P. Henson
$ 1600 USD



Paperback- From the breakout and award-winning star of the smash hit TV series Empire comes a gritty and inspiring memoir about childhood, family, determination, and perseverance.

With the signature wit and wisdom that informs her beloved character Cookie on the runaway hit drama Empire, Taraji P. Henson opens up about her sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet, but always inspiring life. Here is a portrait of Taraji's childhood among the rough streets of Washington, DC, where she saw her mother held up at gunpoint, not once, but twice; here is the story of her larger-than-life father, a man damaged by Vietnam who, through bouts of alcohol dependence, homelessness, and more, would always bring magic to the time he spent with his daughter. Here, too, are insights into Taraji's methods, how she turns roadblocks into inspiration not only in her own life but also for the characters she plays. And, finally, here is the inspiring story of how Taraji chipped away, with one small role after another, at Hollywood's resistance to give women, particularly women of color, meaty significant roles.

With uncanny frankness, Just a Roundaway Girl shows that Henson, though glamorous on the outside, is in her own words, just a girl from DC who refused to give up on her dreams or on herself.

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