Award-winning actor, director, producer, and activist Kerry Washington shares the deeply moving journey of her life so far, and the "beautiful" story of discovering her truth in this instant New York Times bestseller (Oprah Winfrey).
While on a drive in Los Angeles, on a seemingly average afternoon, Kerry Washington received a text message that would send her on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. In an instant, her very identity was torn apart, with everything she thought she knew about herself thrown into question.
In Thicker than Water, Washington gives readers an intimate view into both her public and private worlds—as a mother, daughter, wife, artist, advocate, and trailblazer. Chronicling her upbringing and life’s journey thus far, she reveals how she faced a series of challenges and setbacks, effectively hid childhood traumas, met extraordinary mentors, managed to grow her career, and crossed the threshold into stardom and political advocacy, ultimately discovering her truest self and, with it, a deeper sense of belonging.
Throughout this profoundly moving and beautifully written memoir, Washington attempts to answer the questions so many have struggled with: Who am I? What is my truest and most authentic self? How do I find a deeper sense of connection and belonging? With grace and honesty, she inspires readers to search for—and find—themselves.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this open and honest memoir, Kerry Washington makes it clear that she’s done hiding her true self. When her parents hit her with a startling revelation just as her wildly popular TV show Scandal was ending, the celebrated performer was forced to reexamine her worldview and her life. She uses her writing to dive into the stories of her childhood, unpacking how her parents’ fighting led to feeling responsible for their happiness and, eventually, to panic attacks. And she gets candid about how even a successful acting career couldn’t quell her self-doubt. Like a dam breaking, Washington lets her thoughts and emotions burst through, making for a strikingly honest book without an ounce of pretension. Washington was already hugely likable, but Thicker Than Water made us admire the actress even more.
I’m a huge KW fan. It was great getting to peek behind the curtain so to speak and see my favorite actress from the human perspective, rather than simply as a great actor. I’ve gone back and watched all of my favorite movies of hers with this book in mind and it gave me a deeper respect for her and her artistry. Add this one to your reading list!
Absolutely loved it!
This was a great read. It was nice learning more about one of my favorite actresses. I hope Kerry continues to write. I would love for her to venture into screenplays or fictional novels.
Thank you for sharing your life story with us. How you came to be, what you’ve always felt and how it shaped you to becoming an Actress and how your Parents played a major part in it. You are a woman of great strength.