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Around the Way Girl: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Taraji P. Henson

Narrated By: Taraji P. Henson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 2016

Duration: 7 hours 28 minutes


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 family, 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 which 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.


  • Latoy Washington

    Love hearing the story in her voice!! It's one thing to hear it in audio but to actually hear her words in her voice really peaked my interest.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Annie G

    amazing book! I loved hearing her story. what a woman. love me some Taraji

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Manuel C

    Taraji P. Henson is my role model. I'm an actor too and it felt so relatable, honest and true to heart. Her story is not only inspiring but motivating. I loved that she read the book herself because It put me right in her life. I heard what she heard, I hurt when she hurt felt what she felt and I felt we traveled her journey together. I loved it and I already recommended it to a good friend of mine and she loved it. DEFINITELY A MUST READ NOW! What are you waiting for? GOOO!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Pamela Umutoniwase

    I loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jennay R.

    Black Girl Magic✨

  • Heily M

    Phenomenal! Loved it and this inspiring actress! Please write more books!

  • Kiara Baker

    Listening to her read her story brought it to life even more. Some parts really hitting home. It was like she was sitting her telling me the story face to face.

  • Kim schlegel

    I really enjoyed this book. Taraji truly let's us readers in to her past, and present without sugar coating anything. I am in awe of her will to push through pain and keep on going. I love her as an actress and was definitely impressed with this book. It wouldn't have the same impact. Hearing the words that are written from the heart spoken by that person is amazing. Almost like you're face to face and they're telling you and only you that story. This book made me appreciate and love her even more. Can't wait to see more of her future work.

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