Around the Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson

Around the Way Girl: A Memoir

Taraji P. Henson to Release ‘Around the Way Girl: A Memoir’

Empire actress Taraji P. Henson is set to release her first book, Around the Way Girl: A Memoir, this coming fall. The Golden Globe winner will reportedly reflect on the world-class instruction she received while attending Howard University, as well as the kind of hustle she says it really takes to make it from DC to Hollywood.

You can pre-order the book now from Amazon, or wait until its release date of October 11th.


From Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, Taraji P. Henson, comes an 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.


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