Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson

Around the Way Girl

By Taraji P. Henson

  • Release Date: 2016-10-11
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 121 Ratings
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From Taraji P. Henson, Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe winner, and star of the award-winning film Hidden Figures, comes an inspiring and funny memoir—“a bona fide hit” (Essence)—about family, friends, the hustle required to make it in Hollywood, and the joy of living your own truth.

With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, including Katherine, the NASA mathematician, Yvette, Queenie, Shug, and the iconic Cookie from Empire, Taraji P. Henson 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 at 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 how she chipped away, with one small role after another, at Hollywood's resistance to give women, particularly women of color, meaty significant roles. 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 in this “inspiring account of overcoming adversity and a quest for self-discovery, written with vitality and enthusiasm” (Shelf Awareness).


  • A Woman of All Things Natural

    By Kathy Amorette
    Taraji is truly an amazing person. I feel like I've known her for years after reading this book. There are some events she mentioned and I immediately googled it just to get a better idea of what she is talking about. There is some symbolic meaning in her book especially with the males that played a role in her life, for instance her dad and her son's father. Cheers to being natural and beautiful person inside out.
  • Thank You Taraji

    By Glam3
    Trust the Process!!! Great read.
  • Great Read!

    By Erie23
    Touching, funny, inspiring...loved it!
  • Thank You

    By kyle A Archer
    This book has made me capable of being even more stronger than I already am, I am very happy I decided to pick up this book and read but of all i am grateful to the Author of this book Taraji P Henson who inspired me(a Guyanese kid) that once you take the risk and make that step, the journey that will be set for you will be rewarded. The day will come where I'll meet this beautiful, intelligent role model and I'll pour my heart out to her due to the fact that she actually made me feel very connected to her life story. Once again Thank you very much Ms. Taraji P Henson
  • Enjoyed it fully!

    By Jabjams
    Purchased An autographed copy for my mother and kept thinking, you know you need one. Taraji's the real deal! was my book. Enjoyed it fully.
  • Great Read

    By *Good Album*
    She inspires me to go for the stars!!!!
  • Around The Way Girl

    By Queenmarshay
    Read the preview and OMG... can't wait to get this book. Great for inspiration... I love Taraji!!
  • Review by Thema

    By Themaisthenameratingisthegame
    Such a great read , I haven't bought nor read a book in years . But something told me I had to get it . I couldn't stop reading and rereading some pages . She's truly an inspiration and I hope one I can tell her what this story went to me z
  • A Great Read

    By K. Lenice
    I loved getting to know Taraji! I've heard her share personal stories before, but not like this. She opens up and shares her truth right there on the pages! I love her more!!! Her drive and determination is inspiring!!
  • 👌🏾👌🏾👌🏾

    By QueenTay!
    Just started reading it and it's very interesting!! GREAT book👍🏾