Just as I Am - Cicely Tyson

Just as I Am

By Cicely Tyson

  • Release Date: 2021-01-26
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 138 Ratings


“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


  • This was soooo good.

    By ShinePresident__
    We really overcome by the power of testimony. To read about her upbringing, relationships, friendships, parenting and work world truly blessed me
  • Wonderfully written

    By andre000
    Written with grace and grit. A great chronicle of Ms. Tyson’s life infused with emotion without being maudlin. A bit repetitive at times, but moves along nicely. Beautiful metaphors. The last four pages, the conclusion, is absolutely poignant and stirring.
  • Integrity, Sensitivity, Power & Grace

    By SDWill
    The integrity that Cicely Tyson brought to all of her acting roles is central to this memoir. While I’ve always admired her acting for its sensitivity, power and grace, what she shares here is revelatory. Thank you, Ms.Tyson, for being.
  • A Life Well Lived

    By Essence829
    If we are blessed enough to live as long as Ms. Tyson did, may we each have a journey as beautiful as hers. Rest in Power. ✊🏾
  • Just as I am

    By MsfronieVa
    I loved this book it reminded me of who I am and who I could become as a black woman. This book encouraged me to instill hope in every black child I encounter in my life. There is no excuses for who you are.
  • Legend.

    By nurse_rena
    Indescribable. I’m thankful Ms. Tyson blessed us with this masterpiece! I’ve laughed and I’ve cried. Rest In Peace Ms. Tyson! You will be greatly missed! I highly recommend this book!
  • Just amazing.

    By qhats
    This book has so much wisdom and life lessons. I appreciate late Cicely Tyson for all her hard work in the community. See will always be remembered.
  • Iconic

    By Mamala9
    Matter of fact, thought provoking, great read
  • Cicely Tyson

    By Eddie Bradley
    Insightfully intelligent. A fantastic journey..
  • Loved it

    By Blush0521
    Simply Amazing!!!!!!! Well done!