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More Myself: A Journey

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  9,274 ratings  ·  1,191 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by Flatiron Books
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Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have grown up listening to Alicia Keys and she has been such an inspiration. She is amazingly talented and I enjoyed this memoir about her life, family and career.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
To sum it up in one word: boring.

Alicia does not have the type of career or life that warrants a biography. She’s simply not compelling enough despite being very talented.

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”.

Since I’m an equal opportunity hater and know it takes two to tango, her husband Swizz Beatz bears the major part
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably more like a 3.5⭐️ but the audiobook is so damn good.
Jovana Bicanin
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Saleena Berry
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Melania 🍒
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction

Wow, I definitely haven’t expected to like this book so much. I adored listening to this narrated by Alicia and her guests (Oprah and Michelle are there 🤯), she’s such a ray of light and such a force of nature in the same time. Her writing can be poetic but factual also, you can definitely see her talent bleed into everything she wrote.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Alicia before, but after this book I understand her so much better and I will follow her projects more closely. She’s a truly in
Millicent Rogers
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
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.
Yesenia Cash
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed that she narrated this herself! Celebrities never share much on these memoirs but still thoroughly enjoyed the vibe.
I'm a few generations away from being in Alicia Keys' main demographic music-wise. . .and really didn't follow her on her rise up in the world. My girls may have? I picked up this book because it was recommended, and I was hoping it would prove me wrong about my theory of young celebrities writing their memoirs. . . .they are too young to really have a clear hindsight perspective. . . .of course everyone gets to have thoughts on the backward looks at their experience. No doubt about that. It's j ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finally a book that I’ve loved and can recommend to everyone! Alicia Keys is not only a talented musician, singer and songwriter but she’s got a depth to her that I truly admire and aspire to! In my opinion, this book is up there with Michelle Obama, Glennon Doyle, Brene Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert. I listened to this book and would recommend that you do too. Don’t speed it up.... take the time to learn at a slower pace and be soothed by her voice and wisdom.

Some favorite quotes that resonated
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tops
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
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, library
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.
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I'm a fan of Alicia Keys; she's actually one of my favorite musicians. That said, I never planned to read this memoir of hers. Celebrity tell-alls aren't my thing so More Myself: A Journey wasn't on my radar until I randomly stumbled across a YouTube video of Alicia reading an excerpt. The excerpt she read, the book's opening chapter, had me completely captivated and I immediately went and put the book on hold at my library.

For the most part, I enjoyed this read - especially the first half. Alic
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
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
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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!
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 ...more
Ray Campbell
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
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 ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
“And amid the constant moving, the constant packing and unpacking, the constant pleasing and pretending, I’d delivered my grandest performance yet: convincing the world that, behind my smile, all was as perfect as it appeared.”

“Growth requires movement.  And often the only way forward is through an exit door.” — More Myself, Alicia Keys

Picked this up on audio a few months ago, Keys narrates/sings her story with guest narration from friends like Bono, Jay-Z, Oprah and others.

Hearing about her ent
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.
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
You Don’t Know My Name, but you know hers—Alicia!!! No One, Not Even the King could write a memoir this moving and creative and inspirational. As you read, you can’t help but Fallin in love with Alicia and the way she rose to fame and uses her platform for good. She takes you with her from where NYC gave her an Empire State of Mind, to Egypt where she explored empowering history and her roots, to center stage at the Grammys. She makes you feel like one of her girls as she explores all the things ...more
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a pleasant enough read. I think it left me with more questions than answers. Lol. I’m not a major fan of Alicia Keys, but I do respect and admire her talent. I’m still looking to learn more about her journey.
Laura • lauralovestoread
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Wow. This is seriously one of the best memoirs I have ever read! I actually listened to it on audio because Alicia narrates it herself, and not only are we graced with her soothing voice, but she even sings between chapters.

Allll the heart eyes for this book!
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
2.5 stars

After reading a memoir i want to feel like the author and i just sat down over coffee and they told me their story. Not just the things they did right but also their mistakes. This was not like that.

This was a prime example that not every famous persons story needs to be told. I know I’m in the minority here considering the raving reviews, but this was unfortunately bland. I wanted to love it, and certain aspects of it I did but for the most part i was underwhelmed. I enjoyed the firs
Tatiana Walker
Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it

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
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