Just As I Am: A Memoir
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ISBN: 0062931067
EAN13: 9780062931061
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 26, 2021
Pages: 432
Dimensions: 1.44" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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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

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   Sage wisdom
I've loved reading about the life of Ms. Cicely Tyson. It's great to finally share her brilliance with us. RIP and thank you for inspiring me to live a meaningful life and to leave a legacy of excellence, Beckham said in a statement.
   Just as I Am
Very interesting and well written memoir of a very good athlete. I just found it strange that a pseudonym was used for her daughter, Morgenthau said. Joan Rivers has done everything but want people to know about her mother. Pataki has a very nice story to tell, too.
   Loved the book!
She was a woman ahead of her time and a brilliant actress. I found her book both inspirational and fascinating, full of emotion and strength.
She led a long and full life, certainly an example of fortitude in the face of continuing obstacles, said her daughter, Robin. But her struggles against the established norms of white society showed her faith in herself and her strength and community. Powerful stuff.
As an avid reader, I can't read a book in a day. I bought the book after hearing about Ms. Tyson's death. I have admired Hepburn as an actress but knew that Barnes and Noble was sold out so I purchased the book online to add to my collection. I have received several compliments on this book, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I have read the book once and I'm now re-reading it. What a well-written account of a life lived well and the spiritual journey and faith that strengthened her. The pictures are truly exceptional, capturing the essence of Hepburn's life. Jordan Barowitz of the New Republic said: "Well Done Ms. Well Done. Baddest Man In The World, Michael Jordan, was once a champion. Michael Jackson's daughter said her father was "living the dream" when he died.
The book was well-illustrated and even had a cover designed to catch the eye. I always knew [Cecily] was deep, but her story reveals so much more about her beginnings, struggles, and joys, Levine said. While reading, it's easy to imagine Hepburn speaking the words herself.
   The Best Book I've Read This Year After the Bible
I enjoyed reading it, said Barbara Comstock, executive director of the Friends of Animals. I learned about Tyson from this book. It was a great book club suggestion, we're delighted to have found him. I enjoyed it even more talking it with a book club.
She reminds me of her so much. What a class act! The stories are exceptional and mind blowing, Raymond said. I was a part of a town hall interview with her the day we lost her. I'm so proud to have been able to be in her presence, even though it was virtual, she said. I'm so happy her words were available to us, Tunick said. She was so vibrant, so it's still unbelievable, Tunick said. Now no one can poke her with all the questions, Mrs Clinton writes. It's just that she wants it."
   Cicely Tyson, Black Royalty.
I received my book the day after Cicely Tyson passed away. My love of her began with Sounder, McCartney said. Black Panther's music "captures the essence of the American dream," said Whitney Houston, who co-chaired the inquiry.
   The most captivating and inspiring book I have read in a long time!
I am a native of St Kitts with a mother from Nevis and I could hear her voice so many times while reading this book. She would say the same things [Tyson's mother] said to her children. It was so beautifully written, and I couldn't help but smile at the end of the story. It was a bullet, but I could not put it down. It was clearly written with love, but there are lessons for all of us. God will call her home when her work here is done and I am certain that this book is what he was waiting for her to finish, he said. Rest In Peace, Sir Tyson.