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Gabourey Sidibe’s This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

May 4

Gabourey Sidibe will be at the Free Library of Philadelphia to discuss her memoir, This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.

The book is Sidibe’s honest re-telling of her upbringing in the neighborhoods of Bedstuy and Harlem in New York City. Sidibe, who rose to stardom after she played the leading role in Lee Daniels’s critically-acclaimed film Precious. Her rise was anything but conventional, though, and Sidibe describes life with a polygamous father and a mother who sings in the subway to support her two children.

Topics like friendship, depression, fashion, race, and weight are woven together with fresh wit and remarkable frankness. Sidibe simultaneously shows her strength in reaching for her dreams and her vulnerability in feeling different from everyone else. The result is a funny, smart, and fresh story the resonates with everyone. Sidibe will be at the Free Library

Book here to stay with The Independent Hotel during the upcoming Gabourey Sidibe event. For more information, check out the event website here.


7:30 p.m.
May 4th


Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street


May 4