A gritty and inspiring memoir about childhood, family, determination, and the bumpy road to Hollywood from Empire star Taraji PHenson

She shares stories of her father, a Vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life’s challenges, and of her mother who survived violence both at home and on DC’s volatile streets. Here, too, she opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift.