Everything we know about Jada Pinkett Smith's hotly anticipated new memoir

She’s been writing ‘Worthy’ for years
August 25, 2023 10:32 a.m. EST

Red Table Talk host Jada Pinkett Smith has written a memoir called “Worthy,” dropping October 17, and according to her, writing it was “emotionally taxing” and “really technical.” 


The memoir, which she began writing in 2021 (so if you’re doing the math, is well before her husband Will Smith’s Oscar altercation with Chris Rock), was edited by Carrie Thornton of Dey Street Books and co-authored by Mim, and the process of pen to page to bookshelf is something that the “Collateral” star wants to share with her followers.



On Instagram, speaking directly to her 11 million followers, she said in a video “I wanna start sharing some of the process with you that it took to write this book.”


“Not only has it been emotionally taxing but it’s really technical. It’s technical to write a book,” she continued, encouraging her fans to keep it locked on her page as she’ll be sharing, “some content from my chapters as well as process.”


She also received a huge boost from a major publication in the weeks leading up to her book’s release. TIME Magazine named her memoir one of 2023 most hotly anticipated books for the fall. 


“Yesterday, I found out I’m on the Time's most anticipated books for the fall along with Kerry Washington, who, I can’t wait to read her book,” she gushed about Washington’s “Thicker Than Water” which delves into her childhood panic attacks


Jada added she’s listed alongside fellow memoirists Barbra Streisand and Britney Spears, saying “And I’m gonna read all of those books. So, we have some good reading this fall, everybody.” 


Previously, Jada had revealed some of the topics covered in her memoir to People, telling them recently, “I think people have made a lot of assumptions. And you know what? Rightfully so. I have to take ownership of that, in regards to the narrative that I've participated in, the falsehoods about myself. In the book I really explain all of that extensively as part of my reclamation journey. I think a lot of people, not even just women, but a lot of us lose ourselves in narratives that are not necessarily or completely forthright.”


TIME’s coverage says her memoir will “set the record straight about her life, career, and relationship with husband Will Smith.”


While it’s uncertain at this stage if the memoir will cover some of the hot topics she’s been involved in over the years, like her “entanglement” with August Alsino outside of her marriage to Will, or covering that infamous night at the Oscars where Will slapped Chris Rock, we do know that she will remind everyone of their self worth, hence the title.


She told People she chose the title, “Because the journey itself is worthy. Every journey. And we're all worthy while we're in it, you know? And I think a lot of times so many of us lose the idea of our own self-worth. I wanted to write about my journey to self-worth in a real way. And it's been a real struggle, and I think that that will be the part that will be most surprising to the reader.”


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