Alicia Keys has announced she will be releasing a book that is “part autobiography, part narrative documentary” per its description, through Oprah Winfrey’s publishing imprint. More Myself will hit shelves this fall.
In a video featuring Keys and Winfrey announcing the tome, the singer said she didn’t want to describe it as a memoir per se. “You know what’s really interesting is just recalling all of these places and spaces and the moments in your life that cause you angst or anxiety or proud moments, or things you have to work through,” she said of writing it. “And I wanted to call it a journey because I did not, I do not want it to be called a memoir.”
Winfrey expounded on the concept, adding that she loved the title: “You’re constantly on a journey remembering, recalling and putting into perspective what you’ve learned and what you now know and becoming who you are – ‘More myself.'”
The pair continued to discuss the themes explored in the book, which is described as giving a “360-degree perspective on Alicia’s path,” from her formative years through “the process of self-discovery she’s still navigating.”
Keys queried Winfrey on how she knew that she had finally become “more of herself.”
“When I felt comfortable enough in my own skin to say what I felt without worrying about if it was OK with everybody else that I said it,” Winfrey replied.
“You don’t have to compare yourself to anybody. You don’t have to try to be like somebody else, you don’t have to try to make other people who you want to please happy,” Keys added. “You know, of course we want to be kind and loving to each other, of course. But the goal is that you are making yourself happy, that you are learning more about yourself, that you are able to identify who you are, what you like, what you love, what makes you feel magic.”
More Myself is due out on November 5th and is available for preorder. The book will be the first release on Winfrey’s publishing imprint, An Oprah Book, via Macmillan’s Flatiron Books.