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Just as I Am


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Just as I Am: A Memoir

Review Quotes:
“This book is Ms. Tyson’s abundant treasure to each of us: her life, in her words, just as she is. She shares truths usually whispered between close friends in the dim light of a back bedroom, those candid declarations not often spoken aloud. And she tells her story the way only a black woman can: in all of its dazzling authenticity, heels off and voice undulating, shifting between anguish and exuberance. The art of acting is the art of exposing, an emotional unveiling before others. Ms. Tyson is as revelatory on these pages as she has been on the stage. —- Viola Davis, Academy, Tony, and Emmy award-winning actress and producer

Publisher Marketing:

“In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only succeeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history.” -President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom 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

Review Citations:
  • Library Journal Prepub Alert 08/01/2020 pg. 41 (EAN 9780062931061, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Reviews 11/15/2020 (EAN 9780062931061, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 12/15/2020 pg. 84 (EAN 9780062931061, Hardcover) – *Starred Review
  • Publishers Weekly 01/04/2021 (EAN 9780062931061, Hardcover)
  • Library Journal 02/01/2021 pg. 85 (EAN 9780062931061, Hardcover)


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