Just as I Am: A Memoir

Just as I Am: A Memoir

?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 th ?In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only succeeded as an actor, she has shaped t...

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Title:Just as I Am: A Memoir
Author:Cicely Tyson
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Just as I Am
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

Just as I Am: A Memoir Reviews

  • Read In Colour
    Feb 03, 2021
    It's fitting that Aretha Franklin's version of Mary, Don't You Weep started playing in the background as I began this review because Aretha was a dear friend of Ms. Tyson and because I found myself crying unexpectedly as I finished her memoir. And I say unexpectedly beca...
  • jewelthinks
    Feb 04, 2021
    As an avid reader, it is rare that I re-read books again from start to finish. But this one, this here, is brilliant. I am in awe of her character, grace, poise, presence of mind, tenacity, regal nature, ability to put things into perspective, forgiving spirit and faith that all things...
  • Sandra Helen
    Feb 16, 2021
    Seldom is an autobiography interesting when it is linear and comprehensive as this one. Truly a story of Tyson?s life from birth to the end. She died two days after the book?s release, and the book includes events of the past year. Her life reflects events of nearly one hundred yea...
  • Serena
    Feb 14, 2021
    So thankful Cicely Tyson was able to complete this before she became an ancestor. Her life was phenomenal. I enjoyed hearing about her early life and her family dynamics. The parts where she talked about Miles Davis and his addictions was heartbreaking. I'd pay money to have foota...
  • KiKi
    Feb 09, 2021
    ?The way I see it, I?m still here because God isn?t finished with me. And when I?ve completed my job, He?ll take me.? (p. 306) With that, she released her memoirs .... and was called home two days later. If you were born as a Black Caribbean woman in 1924 you too woul...
  • Patience K Phillips
    Jan 29, 2021
    Bought this Hardcover version on January 26 while watching Ms. Tyson being interviewed by Gayle King. As soon as I heard Ms. Tyson published Just As I Am: A Memoir in the course of her speaking immediately purchased the book to read and be a reviewer. When I found out she passed...
  • Lulu
    Feb 13, 2021
    This was an incredible read. Ms. Tyson was a phenomenal woman who lived a remarkable life. ...
  • Creolecat
    Feb 04, 2021
    This is Cicely's gift to us. This is Cicely's gift to us. ...more ...
  • Susan
    Jan 30, 2021
    Well. I don't even know what to say. Ms. Tyson read signs into dreams and other things so I found it fitting that I started reading her book the night before last and she died within hours of me starting it. Not sure what the sign is, but it must be something! I had always admired...
  • chantel nouseforaname
    Feb 07, 2021
    Ms. Cicely Tyson lived a L I F E ! Ms. Tyson has lived through so much and busted open so ??many ??doors??!!! It was a true joy to read this work, she's given us the gift of her story to add to the legacy and Black History of the screen and stage. Ms....
  • LaQuisha Hall
    Feb 03, 2021
    Our entire society should read this book. The end made me cry. Rest in heaven, Queen Cicely. ...
  • Bree Hill
    Feb 02, 2021
    ?Just walking through this life as a Black person, and actually surviving that, was and still is an ovation worthy performance.? I?m so in awe of what I just read and the timeliness of its release. Cicely Tyson is a Giant. She?s timeless. The concept of time is so crazy; her...
  • debra lights
    Jan 30, 2021
    Covid-19 is hitting way too close to everyone's home. Those numbers are turning into names and names into people we know. So it?s with a sad heart but with a strong faith in the Heavenly Father, today I kneel down in prayer, asking for a full recovery of those with Covid-19 a...
  • Ashley Marie
    Feb 04, 2021
    Stunning. ...
  • Sinekqua M Price
    Feb 02, 2021
    This is an AWESOME read! I learned so many things about Ms. Cicely Tyson that I did not know. WOW, just WOW!!!! ...
  • Sophia
    Jan 29, 2021
    Just as I Am: A Memoir by Cicely Tyson Published January 26, 2021 ~December 19, 1924 (Harlem) Died: January 28, 2021 BOOK#56 OF #100????????????? #bgrtreadingchallenge 2021 ~A book that has under 30 reviews <3 What a trip down memory l...
  • JoyM
    Jan 28, 2021
    90 years of wisdom. Beautiful and insightful ...
  • Alex Ainsworth
    Feb 03, 2021
    This book is not just a memoir; it is a comedy, a tragedy, a drama, and even a history lesson. At that, it?s a history lesson I knew I needed but didn?t realize I would get while listening to the tales of Ms, Tysons?s life and career. There?s combination of love, joy, trauma, a...
  • Booksxnaps
    Jan 31, 2021
    What a beautiful, well-written memoir! I am in awe of this woman. I really enjoyed listening to her narrate her memoir. It didn?t even feel 16 hours long! I thoroughly enjoyed this. So honest and insightful! It?s really something to live for almost a century! The love, pain...
  • Naomi
    Feb 16, 2021
    I am so thankful Ms. Tyson had a chance to share her story before She transitioned. She shared so many gems that come with age and introspection. I listened to the Audible which she narrated and it made her story that much more personal. I shed tears, laughed, and hollered like we were...
  • HR-ML
    Feb 13, 2021
    I gave this 3.5 stars and had mixed feelings. Cicely's parents came to the US from the West Indies. Cicely (hereafter CT) worked as a legal secretary, a model and then an actress of stage, screen & TV. I enjoyed reading RE her training & how she obtained roles. ...
  • Syvehlla
    Feb 05, 2021
    What a beauty legacy chronicled in a wonderfully written book. I enjoyed it so much. Love Ms. Tyson's memoir! What a beauty legacy chronicled in a wonderfully written book. I enjoyed it so much. Love Ms. Tyson's memoir! ...more ...
  • Brittney Sheffield
    Jan 31, 2021
    I work in events, and Ms. Tyson was scheduled to be in our speaker series in February. As the reader in the office, I was tasked with reading the book and coming up with questions for the Q&A. I had to have had at least 40 strips of paper sticking out of the book, each marking a pa...
  • Linda Galella
    Jan 26, 2021
    My mother?s secret wasn?t any single ingredient. Her creations were a symphony of flavors, blended together perfectly with love immeasurably.? That quote was in reference to a broth Cicely Tyson?s mother made. It?s also about her daughter and her family. It?s an apt desc...
  • Jennifer
    Feb 15, 2021
    ?Our hopes and aspirations may feel limitless, but our days are finite, our experiences fading in the twinkling of an eye. Death is a love note to the living, to regard every day, every breath, as sacred. ?What is your life?? the scriptures ask us. ?You are a mist that appears ...
  • Nursebookie
    Jan 29, 2021
    This is a fascinating memoir of an amazing actress and activist. Well written and well told. I really enjoyed this and learned so much about Cicely Tyson! ...
  • Eileen Miskell
    Feb 03, 2021
    What an amazing life. We were moved to watch her being honored by the Kennedy Center. Inspirational. ...
  • Amber Vogt
    Feb 14, 2021
    Somewhat surprisingly, one of the best autobiographies I?ve ever read or listened to. ...
  • Amethyst Jones
    Feb 13, 2021
    Cicely Tyson lived an extraordinary life and had an incredible memory. Listening to this memoir detailing the nine decades she lived feels like both a public masterclass and like a private conversation. She talks of family, childhood, love and marriage (including her toxic yet deeply l...
  • Nicole's Bookish Tidbits
    Feb 15, 2021
    I enjoyed this beautiful telling of Cicely Tyson's life, titled, Just As I Am, which she named after the hymn written by Charlotte Elliott. In this poignant soliloquy, I learned of the many events that impacted Cicely's personal life and career, many of which were derived ...