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You Have No Idea: Vanessa Williams’ New Memoir (and a chance to win $100)

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April 11, 2012

In YOU HAVE NO IDEA: A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other) (Gotham Books, on sale 4/17) Vanessa Williams and Helen Williams give a mother-daughter take on Vanessa’s personal and professional life journey, including the obstacles they’ve overcome together and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Vanessa discusses it all: from becoming the first black Miss America in 1983 and the controversy that followed, to her debut and success on Broadway, and her resurgence in recent years on network television in Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives. Vanessa has proven she has serious staying power, and as readers will learn, that survivor mentality and resilience is inherited from her mother, Helen.

Filled with dozens of personal family photos and mementos, YOU HAVE NO IDEA is an empowering celebration of the love between a mother and daughter.

Praise for YOU HAVE NO IDEA:

“Vanessa Williams is a beautiful human being with a fascinating story—one of dignity in the face of adversity, determination leading to triumph.”—Maria Shriver

You Have No Idea is a book that will make you laugh, cry, and will ultimately leave you empowered to face whatever challenges life throws at you with grace and poise—just like these ladies have.”—Kristen Chenoweth

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In celebration of the book’s launch, we’re giving away a $100 gift card here at SocialMoms. Just comment below and you’ll be entered for a chance to win. (See Commenting Contest Official Rules.)

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