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An intimate, revealing look at one artist’s journey from self-censorship to full expression. 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 com An intimate, revealing look at one artist’s journey from self-censorship to full expression. 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. In More Myself, Alicia shares her quest for truth―about herself, her past, and her shift from sacrificing her spirit to celebrating her worth. With the raw honesty that epitomizes Alicia’s artistry, More Myself is at once a riveting account and a clarion call to readers: to define themselves in a world that rarely encourages a true and unique identity.


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An intimate, revealing look at one artist’s journey from self-censorship to full expression. 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 com An intimate, revealing look at one artist’s journey from self-censorship to full expression. 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. In More Myself, Alicia shares her quest for truth―about herself, her past, and her shift from sacrificing her spirit to celebrating her worth. With the raw honesty that epitomizes Alicia’s artistry, More Myself is at once a riveting account and a clarion call to readers: to define themselves in a world that rarely encourages a true and unique identity.

30 review for More Myself: A Journey

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    More myself is the perfect title for this book. This book is about every aspect of Alicia Keys’ life. Her journey as a woman, mother, wife and becoming who she is today. It is a beautiful journey and very relatable. It is also...... very boring. I didn’t go into this book looking for drama or a hugely interesting story. I really didn’t know what to except but I did think it would be interesting. I thought she might talk about how she was able to have such a wonderful relationship with her husban More myself is the perfect title for this book. This book is about every aspect of Alicia Keys’ life. Her journey as a woman, mother, wife and becoming who she is today. It is a beautiful journey and very relatable. It is also...... very boring. I didn’t go into this book looking for drama or a hugely interesting story. I really didn’t know what to except but I did think it would be interesting. I thought she might talk about how she was able to have such a wonderful relationship with her husband’s ex- wife, how she was able to deal with some negative aspects of being famous. I was wrong. I didn’t hate this book, it just wasn’t for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    Listened to the audio which included a star studded line up of readers. Remarkable reflective life, admire her on so many fronts. Was a wonderful audio experience.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    So here’s the thing, I like Alicia Keys, I think her music is fantastic, she seems cool, but I was not into this book. Everything about this book felt so surface level to me. There was nothing in the book that felt brand new to me. At one point, she describes the rules of The Voice, which I feel like anyone who paid for this book would know. She talks so much about her relationship with Prince but somehow it felt so impersonal. I wanted more depth from this book that I just didn’t get at all unf So here’s the thing, I like Alicia Keys, I think her music is fantastic, she seems cool, but I was not into this book. Everything about this book felt so surface level to me. There was nothing in the book that felt brand new to me. At one point, she describes the rules of The Voice, which I feel like anyone who paid for this book would know. She talks so much about her relationship with Prince but somehow it felt so impersonal. I wanted more depth from this book that I just didn’t get at all unfortunately.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Boo

    Probably more like a 3.5⭐️ but the audiobook is so damn good.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Millicent Rogers

    What do you do when you think one of your favorite artists is sugar coating parts of her journey? I also took issue with all her famous friends joining into the story, it was as if they were telling us the part of the story that she wanted us to hear and not what might truly be their experiences with her. It was well written and I appreciated that and expected it. The story is just hard for me to take in as is.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Alicia Keys is a uniquely talented artist and deeply sensitive person. I alternated between reading her book and listening to her voice read her audiobook. I really enjoyed both. She's both a young person, who began her career at 14 years old, writing songs and composing music, with an old soul, as some artists can be. She's also a visionary, an activist, who cannot stand by and let injustices continue. She is a force with so much energy that people know to follow her is the right path. Please a Alicia Keys is a uniquely talented artist and deeply sensitive person. I alternated between reading her book and listening to her voice read her audiobook. I really enjoyed both. She's both a young person, who began her career at 14 years old, writing songs and composing music, with an old soul, as some artists can be. She's also a visionary, an activist, who cannot stand by and let injustices continue. She is a force with so much energy that people know to follow her is the right path. Please always create Alicia, for that is your calling, you're a natural.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Yesenia Juarez

    I enjoyed that she narrated this herself! Celebrities never share much on these memoirs but still thoroughly enjoyed the vibe.

  8. 4 out of 5

    LeeTravelGoddess

    Alicia Keys was indeed my very first girl crush, of which has indeed been restored!!! I'm going to say what no one else will say... I was mad at AK... over AK, really because of all the buffoonery that I was hearing about she and Swizz and I honestly feel stupid for allowing that to permeate my consciousness. I don't think that there has been a more humble woman on the planet! The things I have learned from this book simply astounds me and I could not stop reading. THIS BOOK has been just a breat Alicia Keys was indeed my very first girl crush, of which has indeed been restored!!! I'm going to say what no one else will say... I was mad at AK... over AK, really because of all the buffoonery that I was hearing about she and Swizz and I honestly feel stupid for allowing that to permeate my consciousness. I don't think that there has been a more humble woman on the planet! The things I have learned from this book simply astounds me and I could not stop reading. THIS BOOK has been just a breath of fresh air! I loved this story and the way that it ebbed and flowed. I love the journey that we took to learn Alicia, her reasons for what we did and did not see and finally her becoming a mother. This book was honest, raw, open and a wonderful recant of the life that she has lived. The familial relationships and the growth that they showed left nothing to be desired and the story of her grandmother—had me near tears. Finally, the book was heartfelt and I simply took everything at face value, no judgement and with that Ali has made her way back into my heart lol—I’ve learned that we are more alike than not! It’s a TOPS!!! 💚💚💚

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    I have purchased every single one of Alicia Keys’ albums. I’ve seen her perform live twice. I tuned in when she performed original work on Def Poetry and when she hosted the Grammy Awards. I’ve bought every magazine she’s been on the cover of. I am a true Alicia Keys fan, and I’ve always been in her corner. Unfortunately, I felt like her book was merely a brag fest of her accomplishments, awards, and her and her husband’s outlandish contests to outdo each other when it comes to birthdays. I expe I have purchased every single one of Alicia Keys’ albums. I’ve seen her perform live twice. I tuned in when she performed original work on Def Poetry and when she hosted the Grammy Awards. I’ve bought every magazine she’s been on the cover of. I am a true Alicia Keys fan, and I’ve always been in her corner. Unfortunately, I felt like her book was merely a brag fest of her accomplishments, awards, and her and her husband’s outlandish contests to outdo each other when it comes to birthdays. I expected more; I wanted more. What I learned in Alicia Keys’ journey are all the things I already knew from magazine articles and television interviews. In the book, I felt like she was constantly patting herself on the back for her woke-ness, her activism, her singing, her song writing, her EVERYTHING. I think it’s healthy to believe in yourself, but this journey just felt like a narcissistic love letter to all her accomplishments. Her journey felt like revisionist history...it reminds me of Dr. Dre and his role in bringing Straight Outta Compton to the big screen...in the film they conveniently forgot to mention that he used to beat his woman. I feel like Alicia left out all the ugly, and just focused entirely on how wonderful she is. She touched very vaguely on the Mashonda controversy, but only to make herself appear like the bigger person. I came away feeling this book was just a superficial homage to her life. So, so disappointing. I gave her two stars because I love her music, but I’m not sure this book deserved even two stars...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I enjoy Alicia Keys and the music that she puts out into the world. So it was an easy grab at the store while grocery shopping to read her words. Unlike other "celebrity " books, there are no family or press photos entombed in the books pages. The focus or intention of the book is about the exploration of the singer-songwriters search for identity. I think what I appreciated was the incorporation of quotes from people around Alicia and their encounters or special moments with her. Whether it was I enjoy Alicia Keys and the music that she puts out into the world. So it was an easy grab at the store while grocery shopping to read her words. Unlike other "celebrity " books, there are no family or press photos entombed in the books pages. The focus or intention of the book is about the exploration of the singer-songwriters search for identity. I think what I appreciated was the incorporation of quotes from people around Alicia and their encounters or special moments with her. Whether it was her parents, lovers, or the people she's met along the way like Oprah, Prince or Bono, it conveys a sense of genuine understanding of who Alicia Keys really is as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and performer. This isn't a salacious story of hookups or backstabbing frenemies. Thank goodness for that! Goodreads review published 26/04/20

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    To sum it up in one word: boring. Alicia does not have the type of career or life that warrants a biography. She had a great opportunity to come clean about dating a man who was not yet divorced (his divorce was finalized in 2010 and they married the SAME year. TRASH) but chose to paint herself as the “coparenting hero”. Truly disappointed in her and this saccharine-filled book of boredom.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Saleena Berry

    First, let me just say that Alicia deserves every bit of recognition and appraise she gets from her music, to her persona, to this newly released book. I had no idea that she had such a complex story to share - let alone so similar to my own. She brings us on a journey through her life growing up in the little condo in New York City - Hell's kitchen - and discusses the struggles her mother faced being a single parent and hustling around to make enough to provide. Above that, she's had to overcom First, let me just say that Alicia deserves every bit of recognition and appraise she gets from her music, to her persona, to this newly released book. I had no idea that she had such a complex story to share - let alone so similar to my own. She brings us on a journey through her life growing up in the little condo in New York City - Hell's kitchen - and discusses the struggles her mother faced being a single parent and hustling around to make enough to provide. Above that, she's had to overcome challenges with her father being out of the picture, providing for his second wife and children. She had to deal with many issues of abandonment and loneliness. One thing I found so relatable was that she leans on music for comfort through this loneliness and pain. Of course, she showed us the many struggles that musicians face in the music industry - self image, being seen through the public eye, meeting other people's expectations, trying to fit in to the current trends. What I love about Alicia is how resilient she is. She faced struggles about how to respond to these issues, but she still chose to keep her identity and rise above it, and I think that is so important. She had challenges with relationships but the relationship she had that broke my heart was when she was talking about the passing of her grandmother. I literally started balling my eyes out, because I could sense the amount of pain she must have been feeling based on her word choice and the way she mentioned her throughout the book. This made her so much stronger, because with pain comes strength and I think that's a great life lesson to learn from. Honestly, I loved this book. I read the entire thing in two days, and saw some of herself in me. I think most of us can agree that during some point in our lives we come to the question: who am I really? Being in my 20's, still relatively new to being an adult and figuring out who I am, she really made me feel like I'm not alone and there are ways to cope. She is so beautiful and resilient and I am so proud of her. I have been a fan since her first debut - Fallin'. When I was a little girl, I remember singing it in the car with my siblings. "No one" and "Brand New Me" still rank as my favorites, but you can't go wrong with any of her songs, because she is so original. The fact that she writes all her own music while playing the piano really has lots to say about her talent, and the explanation for all her success and grammy awards. I want to thank her for sharing her growth and experiences with the world, because I really feel like she has impacted me in a significant way. After she discussed how she went to Egypt because she needed that time for herself - a chance to heal and listen to her inner voice - that really made me want to hop in my car and drive as far away from here as possible, because I can relate to feeling that way all the time! It's unfortunate that many woman don't see their true independence and strength and just take a break from the world and say "I'm doing this for me because I'm worth it". She represents the exact image of what it means to be a woman: strong, powerful, resilient, beautiful, and unique. I loved this book so much, and would highly recommend! If you aren't already a fan, you will be when you're done reading this!

  13. 4 out of 5

    britt_brooke

    Keys speaks of fame and growth, philanthropy and feminism. My favorite bits were about her style evolution and motherhood. She skipped any controversy regarding the start of her relationship with husband Swizz Beatz, but it’s her story to tell how she pleases. That’s the beauty of memoir. I listened to this on audio and Keys’s speaking voice gets on my nerves, but she sings a few song snippets a cappella which are an incredible addition.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Austėja

    I read this book cover to cover within one week, savouring, enjoying, like a piece of chocolate. it is a book of poetry, a book of realness and authenticity. reading it I became more myself. I recommend Audible edition, as Alicia narrates the story herself, includes some songs and guest appearances. It made it so real and close!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gergana

    I can now go back to sleeping, eating and working properly while secretly hoping that this book will once be featured in my 'signed-my-precious' shelf. I don't know how personal it was to A. Keys, but it felt damn personal to me. I would occasionally stop to listen to a song or an interview, and at the end of the book I found myself shedding crocodile tears over Alicia's hosting performance at the 2020 Grammys. The book is beautifully written and I believe it will surely vibe with all of us stri I can now go back to sleeping, eating and working properly while secretly hoping that this book will once be featured in my 'signed-my-precious' shelf. I don't know how personal it was to A. Keys, but it felt damn personal to me. I would occasionally stop to listen to a song or an interview, and at the end of the book I found myself shedding crocodile tears over Alicia's hosting performance at the 2020 Grammys. The book is beautifully written and I believe it will surely vibe with all of us striving to be more in touch with ourselves. Just when I thought I'd outgrown my fandom, I realized I had always secretly been lurking behind the scenes and I knew about all of the events in the book. I think Alicia is the artist and woman who has most influenced me in my life. I will forever be grateful for all the music and lessons, and I will continue to be excited about her journey just as her music will continue to be the background of my own story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ray Campbell

    Absolutely beautiful. This is a bit awkward, I'm more of a fan of her than her music. After 9/11 I saw her playing in a tribute performance. At that time, I thought "what a beautiful young woman, and her music is amazing and her voice and..." I bought her first album and loved it. However, I have not followed through. Her next album and her next and her next... didn't quite connect. Never the less, their is something real about her that makes me respect. This book is the story of her life so far Absolutely beautiful. This is a bit awkward, I'm more of a fan of her than her music. After 9/11 I saw her playing in a tribute performance. At that time, I thought "what a beautiful young woman, and her music is amazing and her voice and..." I bought her first album and loved it. However, I have not followed through. Her next album and her next and her next... didn't quite connect. Never the less, their is something real about her that makes me respect. This book is the story of her life so far and I can't remember being more choked up at more of anyone else's memoir. She manages to keep it real to the extent that I found myself rooting for her as I read. She is amazing. Love her music or not, Alicia Keys is an icon and an artist that represents an era. She is also a spiritual person whose soul is enlightened. Alicia knows who she is and communicates that with such intensity that her words are moving. I enjoyed this book and recommend it. Alicia tells her story and pulls you into her spiritual journey. This book is well written, a well crafted journey. I enjoyed every step. I am also re-listening to her entire catalog which is well crafted and more interesting than I initially thought. I've always been impressed by her voice and piano virtuosity, but her hip hop production and pop stylization have always put me off. Listening again for the first time I hear the subtle inflection and chord changes that make her original in a way I had not heard before. She is the real deal. Check out her book and her songs. Alicia Keys is truly an artist for the ages.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jovana Bicanin

    The first few chapters where we learn about Alicia’s beginnings were nice. Everything else was either a self-glorification or a detailed description of how lavishly she and her husband celebrate each others birthdays and similar occasions. I really did not need a list of their wedding guests nor a history lesson about Egypt, or the Trump campaign. I’m a really big fan of Alicia but this book was disappointing to say the least. A superficial touch on events in her life and a lot of name dropping. The first few chapters where we learn about Alicia’s beginnings were nice. Everything else was either a self-glorification or a detailed description of how lavishly she and her husband celebrate each others birthdays and similar occasions. I really did not need a list of their wedding guests nor a history lesson about Egypt, or the Trump campaign. I’m a really big fan of Alicia but this book was disappointing to say the least. A superficial touch on events in her life and a lot of name dropping. I do feel like this was not her honest intention but it just came off that way and left me mostly bored and skipping through chapters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    More Myself: A Journey I Picked Up This Book Because: Curious about the author The Story: I think this is the first memoir I’ve read by someone my age. Alicia is a bit less than 4 months older than me and though our lives were never anything alike it’s interesting to see the parallels of her world and mine as different things happened to the nation as a whole. Alicia has me wanting to travel more, to learn more about myself and to explore more, within and outside of myself. T More Myself: A Journey I Picked Up This Book Because: Curious about the author The Story: I think this is the first memoir I’ve read by someone my age. Alicia is a bit less than 4 months older than me and though our lives were never anything alike it’s interesting to see the parallels of her world and mine as different things happened to the nation as a whole. Alicia has me wanting to travel more, to learn more about myself and to explore more, within and outside of myself. The Random Thoughts: 3.5 Stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cait

    Trigger Warnings: Illness and death of a grandparent, mention of depression and shock therapy, discussion of police brutality I've been a fan of Alicia since a child when her first album came out and this was beautiful. The audiobook is phenomenal with her narration and also excerpts from various individuals like her mother, her husband, Bono and Michelle Obama. The music in the audiobook was beautiful and she even sings a few lines, which was a great treat! It truly felt like she was sitting rig Trigger Warnings: Illness and death of a grandparent, mention of depression and shock therapy, discussion of police brutality I've been a fan of Alicia since a child when her first album came out and this was beautiful. The audiobook is phenomenal with her narration and also excerpts from various individuals like her mother, her husband, Bono and Michelle Obama. The music in the audiobook was beautiful and she even sings a few lines, which was a great treat! It truly felt like she was sitting right next to me sharing these stories, it made me laugh, think, and emotional and I'm honored to have gone on this journey with her.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cam

    I love her.... she just exudes positive energy! This book is a biography of her life growing up in New York and going into the music industry.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Murnane

    I listened to, rather than read this book and that is the way to go with this book! Narrated by Alicia Keys herself, you really would be missing out just reading it to yourself. Even if you’re not a huge fan, there’s lessons to be learned here. Alicia inspires you to be yourself, fully yourself...not some version of someone else’s image for you. Loved it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emelie Gaughan

    Excellent, excellent, excellent memoir! I have so much respect for her.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana Walker

    Okay...... First, Alicia is someone who I have looked up to since I was a child and was one of my major idols growing up. That being said, however I really do feel that this book is very superficial and really did not go into depth about anything. As someone who has been following her for nearly 20 years, I am honestly kinda disappointed. I was hoping this book would be more genuine and deep, and a more thoughtful detailing about how her past experiences shaped who she is now, but I didn’t get th Okay...... First, Alicia is someone who I have looked up to since I was a child and was one of my major idols growing up. That being said, however I really do feel that this book is very superficial and really did not go into depth about anything. As someone who has been following her for nearly 20 years, I am honestly kinda disappointed. I was hoping this book would be more genuine and deep, and a more thoughtful detailing about how her past experiences shaped who she is now, but I didn’t get that all. Such a shame to cause I really tried to get into this book but I just couldn’t.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Hevenor

    More Myself by Alicia Keys is in every sense of the word divinely inspired. Most of us are aware of the musical genius that Alicia Keys embodies. If you love R&B, jazz, and soul music like I do, you have watched her to growup over multiple album covers over the years, sharing the most intimate parts of herself through her lyrics. This memoir provides insight into what it took for her to follow her greatest passion and what it’s like to live and breathe creativity. Helping the reader understand t More Myself by Alicia Keys is in every sense of the word divinely inspired. Most of us are aware of the musical genius that Alicia Keys embodies. If you love R&B, jazz, and soul music like I do, you have watched her to growup over multiple album covers over the years, sharing the most intimate parts of herself through her lyrics. This memoir provides insight into what it took for her to follow her greatest passion and what it’s like to live and breathe creativity. Helping the reader understand the bravery that it takes to truly use your own voice, and a glimpse of what it might look like to allow that voice to speak authentic truth to both consciously and unconsciously build a platform for positive change in the world. Alicia’s platform was birthed from hard work, intention, and God-given talent. She opens up about what it’s like to grow up with a father that’s not present and the implications of that on a young woman’s life. She also shares the growing pains, highlights and pitfalls of growing up in the music industry. Not just amazing stories about meeting Prince the first time, or when she became emotionally and physically exhausted broke down and escaped to Egypt but more of a personal diary revealing of universal life lessons all women struggle with such as, worthiness, a good relationship with money, home and work balance to name a few. Advocacy and social justice are so much in the forefront of who Alicia is alongside her work as an artist that she details showing up and creating events and organizations that pioneer the social change needed in this country. I agree with much of her viewpoints therefore, I found myself wanting to shout Amen many times. Don’t let this part of the book deter you from reading it, if you have different opinions or perspectives skip over those parts and still take away the multitude of spiritual, humorous, wise, treasures found in the pages of this book. Alicia has a beautiful blessed marriage with her husband and gives so many tips about maintaining that relationship and honoring it respectfully even during times of an insanely chaotic schedule. I learned so much about how to address racism with children, blended families, honoring myself, forgiveness and more. Please do yourself a favor and listen to it on audible because her voice is rich and sultry and she sings throughout this journey together.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gena Albert

    My interest waned a bit in the middle. I was really engaged in her early life and how she got into music in the beginning. The middle seemed to get really heavy on name dropping and stardom. I was set on 3 stars, but the end redeemed it for me. She pulled back from the fame and refocused on her personal journey, learning about herself, becoming a mom, discovering her family's roots in the Nile Valley, being an activist in the current political world. The book probably actually does a good job of My interest waned a bit in the middle. I was really engaged in her early life and how she got into music in the beginning. The middle seemed to get really heavy on name dropping and stardom. I was set on 3 stars, but the end redeemed it for me. She pulled back from the fame and refocused on her personal journey, learning about herself, becoming a mom, discovering her family's roots in the Nile Valley, being an activist in the current political world. The book probably actually does a good job of teaching her own path. It's a solid read about one of the most influential musicians and activists of our time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Listened to the audio version and highly recommend. Alicia narrates herself with some special guest appearances such as Michelle Obama, Bono, Oprah, Clive Davis, America Ferrara and her family members. She plays the piano in between chapters and occasionally breaks into song as a treat. She is incredibly gifted (skipped 2 grades and graduated her performing arts HS at the age of 16 as valedictorian- the same year, she started at Columbia and signed her first record contract with Columbia Records Listened to the audio version and highly recommend. Alicia narrates herself with some special guest appearances such as Michelle Obama, Bono, Oprah, Clive Davis, America Ferrara and her family members. She plays the piano in between chapters and occasionally breaks into song as a treat. She is incredibly gifted (skipped 2 grades and graduated her performing arts HS at the age of 16 as valedictorian- the same year, she started at Columbia and signed her first record contract with Columbia Records). But mostly I love her outlook and perspective- she's an honest, beautiful and loving soul and we can all learn to approach life a little more like her. ❤

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ela

    I always liked Alicia Keys but now I LOVE her. I had no idea of her journey. I appreciated learning about her life—her background (did not know about her Italian heritage)—and lessons learned. I especially liked hearing about her song writing and recording process. I listened to the audiobook, which she narrates so it felt more personal, AND her close friends and family share memories as well so you get to hear Bono (has no idea they were friends!) and Oprah and some other really awesome people.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I loved this audiobook. I appreciated Alicia before starting the book but after reading it I now realize that she is a learner, a knowledge seeker and a woman breaking many barriers. The audiobook included piano pieces, Alicia singing acapella and several guest narrator spots. I would highly recommend checking out the audiobook version. Brene Brown (in a recent podcast with Alicia) called it a "masterclass in courage and vulnerability"!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    It starts so good. I'm into it as a reader and feel like I'm learning about Alicia the gifted musician who brought us the early 2000s JAM Karma. By halfway through her attempts to be relatable through her fame (booking out louis vuitton to deliver a grand gesture to her "soulmate" husband and making her friends endure all of this audacity) and growth and development (saving africa) all just became difficult to wade through. I made it through though. One star.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pula Takwana

    After I read Gabrielle Union’s - we’re going to need more wine, I thought - hey, these celebrity memoirs could possibly be quite cool. So I tried a celebrity memoir whose music I really like - Alicia Keys & she had recently released it so.... Not my best decision. It’s not terrible, it’s just blaa. Given how many great stories they are to read out there, to spend 9 hours of your time reading, in my case listening, to something that’s mediocre at best, boring at worst is a waste of my time. I thin After I read Gabrielle Union’s - we’re going to need more wine, I thought - hey, these celebrity memoirs could possibly be quite cool. So I tried a celebrity memoir whose music I really like - Alicia Keys & she had recently released it so.... Not my best decision. It’s not terrible, it’s just blaa. Given how many great stories they are to read out there, to spend 9 hours of your time reading, in my case listening, to something that’s mediocre at best, boring at worst is a waste of my time. I think what’s challenging about memoirs is, you as the writer, have to ask yourself what’s in it for the reader. In Alicia’s book, there is nothing for the reader...it’s definitely not funny, it’s not insightful, it’s not a self-help book, there are no scandals, there is no love story - (she does write snip bits abt her and Swiss’s extravagant birthdays and without the context of their true love story comes off as shallow), it’s not a rags to riches story - she found success at 16/17. It feels like a peak into a diary that someone left behind, knowing it would be read - her thoughts, ideas and amazing successes.

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