Jada Pinkett Smith Is Releasing a “No Holds Barred” Memoir In 2023

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Titled No Holds Barred, the forthcoming Jada Pinkett Smith memoir will chronicle her marriage to Will Smith and troubled upbringing.

Jada Pinkett Smith is bringing her truth to book form. On Thursday (October 6), the Girls Trip actress announced that her forthcoming “honest and gripping” memoir No Holds Barred will publish in fall 2023 through Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

No Holds Barred will uncover Pinkett Smith’s “difficult but riveting” journey through her troubled Baltimore upbringing, close friendship with Tupac Shakur before his death in 1996 and the actress’ unconventional marriage to Oscar winner Will Smith. The memoir will also come two years following Will Smith’s autobiography Will, co-written by self-help author Mark Manson. The book became an instant bestseller, debuting at No. 3 on USA Today’s 150 Best Selling Books, remaining there for 15 weeks.

As detailed in a Dey Street Books press release, the memoir will explore Pinkett Smith’s life experiences through motherhood and “the depths of suicidal depression to the heights of personal rediscovery and the celebration of authentic feminine power.”

“This is down to the realities of our media landscape, but also the roles thrust upon women by culture,” said Dey Street Books VP and Editorial Director Carrie Thornton in a statement. “At the center of all the speculation and false stories is a woman who, like so many women, has had to reconcile her personhood with the needs of those she loves. This memoir is Jada giving the world her truth, taking readers on a journey from lost girl to woman warrior. It is my great honor to take that journey with her.”

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