Audiobook: 7 hrs 27 mins; released October 2016
Around the Way Girl: A Memoir is Taraji P. Henson’s story of how she went from living in the projects with her mother to being well off as an actress. Taraji’s recollection of the paths that she had to take to become the actress we all know and enjoy seeing on screen is raw. She holds nothing back and it is obvious that she is true to herself. I enjoyed the directness of her words and how she seemingly never let anything hold her back. Around the Way Girl is definitely a story that is authentic and inspiring. I believe that this is a must read.
Audiobook: 7 hrs 28 mins ; Released 2016
Angie Martinez, in her memoir My Voice, details her life as she went from just a Hip Hop junkie, just discovering the genre, to being a staple in the Hip Hop culture. By the end of me listening to this book I was actually considering buying a physical copy to add to my mini library. The book was written in a fashion where you aren’t overwhelmed by what is being recounted. Some people can go on and on about their life without actually saying anything but Angie Martinez kept me entertained and enlightened. Even with information, that by no means is new, she didn’t draw it out and make it dry. I recommend reading or listening to this book.
Audiobook: 7 hrs 37 mins ; Released in 2017
I read A Sick Life by Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins for two reasons: I’m a fan of TLC’s music and because it’s available in the audio format.
T-Boz from the popular girl group TLC wrote a book outlining many different aspects of her personal life as well as her life as the “T” of TLC. Admittedly, the content was repetitive, for T-Boz, as the title says, led a sickly life. The title was to serve as a double entendre which is explained early on in the book.
She did give some information that may be new to some, who maybe at the time, like me, may have been too young to keep track or care about the different events that she mentioned. There were humorous parts, mostly whenever she mentioned the antics of her band mate the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez. However, the majority of the book seemed as if she had a bone to pick with a lot of different people. There were several parts of the book where I couldn’t tell if she was trying to tell the story of her life or give a guide on how to throw shade.
Overall though, the book left me wondering what was the point of her writing it. I was eager to reach the end and I feel as though if I had the physical copy of it I would have continuously put it down. Listening as opposed to reading it myself made it more tolerable.
I personally read several books at a time and there’s one that I leave in the car “just in case”. This book would have been the just in case book. It didn’t keep me intrigued enough to want to hurry back to it but it was OK just to have to pass the time. So, I’ll say, if you are (or were) a TLC fan give it a try but if not, skip it.