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More Myself by Alicia Keys
Nonfiction

More Myself

by Alicia Keys

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Beloved artist Alicia Keys lays bare her journey toward self-understanding in this intimate and inspirational work.

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Why I love it

Siobhan Jones
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It’s almost impossible to overstate Alicia Keys’s talents as a singer, a lyricist, and a classically-trained pianist, and if you’ve spent time on this planet over the past few decades, you probably know not only her name but the words to one of her hit singles. In this warm and evocative book, Keys further solidifies her credentials as a storyteller by opening up on the page about her rise to fame and her path to honor and recognize herself, no matter the cost.

“For every performance, every photo shoot and appearance, there’s an expectation of female flawlessness,” Alicia writes in More Myself. And for a while, in her teenage years at least, she manages that pressure privately, even while she is literally in the spotlight. But maintaining a celebrity persona amidst changing romantic relationships, her label’s commercial expectations, and, of course, stardom comes at a cost. Gradually, she realizes that trying to please everyone will leave the person who matters most—herself—unhappy. And so she embarks on a spiritual journey to become, in her words, “more myself.”

This is a vulnerable book that hits all the right notes. It forgoes the shallow gloss of a typical celebrity memoir for a carefully-rendered collection of moments that take us from her upbringing in Hell’s Kitchen to backstage at the world’s biggest awards shows to solo moments at the piano, where so many breakthroughs—personal and creative—occurred. Whether you’re an Alicia-Keys-superfan or just looking for inspiration for your own spiritual awakening, look no further than this beautiful work of nonfiction from one of our most gifted voices.

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Synopsis

As one of the most celebrated musicians of our time, Alicia Keys has enraptured the nation with her heartfelt lyrics, extraordinary vocal range, and soul-stirring piano compositions. Yet away from the spotlight, Alicia has grappled with private heartache―over the challenging and complex relationship with her father, the people-pleasing nature that characterized her early career, the loss of privacy surrounding her romantic relationships, and the oppressive expectations of female perfection.

Since her rise to fame, Alicia’s public persona has belied a deep personal truth: she has spent years not fully recognizing or honoring her own worth. After withholding parts of herself for so long, she is at last exploring the questions that live at the heart of her story: Who am I, really? And once I discover that truth, how can I become brave enough to embrace it?

More Myself is part autobiography, part narrative documentary. Alicia’s journey is revealed not only through her own candid recounting, but also through vivid recollections from those who have walked alongside her. The result is a 360-degree perspective on Alicia’s path―from her girlhood in Hell’s Kitchen and Harlem, to the process of self-discovery she’s still navigating.

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Preview

Get an early look from the first pages of More Myself.

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  • Puyallup, WA

    I've been a fan of Alicia Keys since 2005, and I loved getting a peek into her life, art, and community work. She weaves in activism and self-love and shares some of the defining moments of her life.

  • Lexington, KY

    Alicia Keys has long been a favorite artist, and I was thrilled to read her autobiography/narrative documentary about her musical journey and also who she is as a wife, mother, daughter, and human.

  • Evansville, IN

    Deeper and more thought-provoking than I imagined. I'm uncertain as to why I even selected this book but I'm so glad that I did. Alicia is a strong woman, I look forward to my girls reading this!

  • Miami, FL

    I have always loved Alicia Keys' music and have followed her through out the years. It was interesting to learn more about her struggles and successes, both in her personal and professional life.

  • Austin, TX

    I've been a fan of Alicia Keys from pretty much day one. Getting to know her journey just made me love her more. If I took anything away from this read it was to always stay true to myself.

  • Laurence Harbor, NJ

    Learn about how Alicia Augella cook became Alica keys and what her life was like growing up. The best part was how there were little parts with other people saying things like Oprah.

  • Pleasant hill, MO

    I’ve always loved Alicia Keys! I remember listening to her while I was growing up. She was such a great role model for girls. It was very interesting hearing about her life.

  • Ashland, OH

    Alicia Keys is such a good person and so talented. I enjoyed her story and felt it was very inspiring. She really informed the reader about alot of different cultures.

  • Baltimore, MD

    This book hit home in so many ways. Alicia has so much wisdom that she has imparted on the world. I loved taking the time to hear more about her journey.

  • West linn, OR

    I love Alicia’s voice and the way she is so soft and open with her story. I felt a strong connection. I could not put it down!

  • San Jose, CA

    This was the perfect book to kick off the new year. I couldn’t put this book down. So inspiring and well written.

  • Harbor City, CA

    Very beautiful portrayal of an incredible artist. Almost written poetic and with such honesty and vulnerability.

  • Whittier , CA

    I am a better woman having read this book. Alicia writes her truth in a strong, authentic, yet uplifting voice.

  • Arlington, MA

    I wasn’t ever a big fan so I didn’t know very much about Alicia, which made this all the more fascinating.

  • Sweet home, OR

    Loved getting to know her a little more. Shes honest with herself and i see that as a huge influence.

  • Greenwich, CT

    Such a talented and lovely person who has risen to the top but also stayed true to herself. Loved!

  • Springfield, OH

    Really got into what Alicia Keys is all about and the behind the scences of the music industry.

  • St Paul, MN

    I loved this book! She is so cool! It wasn’t anything breathtaking, just a nice easy read

  • Dallas, TX

    Love that she could learn to listen to her inner self and learned to e her self.

  • Oklahoma City, OK

    I absolutely loved this book. I have a new female hero.

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