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Publisher Description

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller!

“It's the best memoir I've ever read.” Oprah Winfrey

“Will Smith isn't holding back in his bravely inspiring new memoir . . . An ultimately heartwarming read, Will provides a humane glimpse of the man behind the actor, producer and musician, as he bares all his insecurities and trauma.” —USA Today

Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement

One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had.

Will Smith’s transformation from a West Philadelphia kid to one of the biggest rap stars of his era, and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history, is an epic tale—but it’s only half the story.
Will Smith thought, with good reason, that he had won at life: not only was his own success unparalleled, his whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Only they didn't see it that way: they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they hadn't signed up for. It turned out Will Smith's education wasn't nearly over. 
This memoir is the product of a profound journey of self-knowledge, a reckoning with all that your will can get you and all that it can leave behind. Written with the help of Mark Manson, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Will is the story of how one person mastered his own emotions, written in a way that can help everyone else do the same. Few of us will know the pressure of performing on the world's biggest stages for the highest of stakes, but we can all understand that the fuel that works for one stage of our journey might have to be changed if we want to make it all the way home. The combination of genuine wisdom of universal value and a life story that is preposterously entertaining, even astonishing, puts Will the book, like its author, in a category by itself.

Biographies & Memoirs
November 9
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Fire Dragon 🐉 ,

Absolutely amazing!

Love the book! Love the audio version , narrated by Will himself.
I appreciate the openness and vulnerability.
This book echoes a lot of my own life journeys and revelations. This book helped me overcome my own struggles from the past .
Every chapter brings loads of wisdom.
It’s one of my most favorite books I’ve read in a very long time.

Llama monkey 253861380 ,

Book review by Pete T.

I just loved the book, laughed and cried throughout it. I can’t relate to the success in hip-hop, TVs, and movies that Will had (no one can) but I can relate to the family stories with Daddio, having an extremely loving mother as my bedrock, and brothers, sisters and friends that provided unconditional love to me throughout my life. I started reading the book before Will’s unfortunate slap down of Chris Rock, stopped reading it for a week, and then picked it up again with aplomb. You realize from reading the book that Will is a savant, complicated cat, DEEP thinker, and HARD worker but no ordinary person can reach the heights in rap, TV, and movies without some internal tumult. That’s what makes Will … Will, and I so appreciate him. When his Daddio was dying, he asked himself, “Did my Life Have Meaning”; when Will’s penultimate day comes and he asks himself that, the answer will be a resounding “YES”. (And btw, I loved Gigi.)

CashR#19 ,

This booked rocked me

This book slaps 10/10

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