MCPL Staff Book Review: Around the Way Girl
February 28, 2017
Around the Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson is an insightful and humorous account of the Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee’s early childhood life in Washington, D.C. and the not-always-glamorous life of a black actress in Hollywood.
One of NPR’s Best Books of 2016, Around the Way Girl is above all, authentic. Poignant and often laugh-out-loud funny, the narrative reads like the best kind of conversation with a group of girlfriends – candid, real, and raw.
Henson shares her memories about her father, a Vietnam veteran, and her mother’s survival of violence on the D.C. streets. She also speaks openly about being a single mother—a life some could see as a challenge, but which Henson always saw as a blessing.
Known for her role on Fox’s Empire and her Oscar-nominated role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Henson does not shy away from sharing the underbelly of the entertainment world, including the subject of unfair pay for women and especially black women in her field. Henson also talks openly about the acting arts and her roles, including that of NASA physicist and mathematician Katherine G. Johnson, in this year’s film Hidden Figures, which has been nominated for three Academy Awards.
You need not be familiar with Taraji Henson’s body of work to be inspired by her tenacity in reaching her goals and her willingness to speak with candor about her challenges and successes.
As an added bonus, the audiobook is narrated by the author herself! Check out Around the Way Girl and other captivating memoirs at your local Mid-Continent Public Library branch.
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