“In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only succeeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history.” –President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony
“Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.” –Cicely Tyson
For 15 years, there was a phone hotline in Manhattan which you could call to anonymously apologise for misdemeanours. Most people would say sorry for little everyday things, and occasionally there was something more salacious. But one night in 1981, when the hotline’s mastermind played the latest recordings to his friends, things turned strange and disturbing. One caller admits – or rather, boasts – of murder. Who was it? Were they for real? And would they do it again? The owner of the line decided to get involved and track them down. True crime masters Wordery, who did Dr Death and The Shrink Next Door, are behind this one, and it’s precisely as eerie and well-paced as you’d expect.
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