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New Memoir Available October 24, 2017 via Gallery Books

Every morning, over 4 million Americans listen to the hilarious Rickey Smiley on

"The Rickey Smiley Morning Show." But for the first time Rickey is ready to talk about the real truths beneath the rapid-fire jokes – and he’s standing by everything he says.

“A loyal and honest friend, funny but factual,

Rickey Smiley has been nothing but the whole truth from day one.”

- Steve Harvey

"I've known Rickey over twenty years, I never knew anything about him till I read this book."

- Marlon Wayans

Visit a church, comedy club, college campus, or barber shop, and it’s not easy to find people who aren’t familiar with, or lifelong fans of, Rickey Smiley and his outrageous morning show radio crew. As the host of the huge nationally syndicated The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, which draws in at least 4 million listeners every day, he’s also the star of his hit TV showRickey Smiley for Real – one of the only reality show series to address life as a single dad. Plushe has 8 chart-topping comedy albums.

But Rickey’s always had something more offer — and it’s more revealing than anything he’s done so far. STAND BY YOUR TRUTH: And Then Run for Your Life! (Gallery Books; Hardcover; October 24, 2017) is part memoir, part testimonial, and part life guide – mixing Rickey’s down-home humor with values learned from three generations of elders, the Baptist church, and some of the most celebrated mentors in entertainment (aka Steve Harvey).

Written as much for parents as it is for their young adults, STAND BY YOUR TRUTH offers tough-love conviction, both in turns funny and earnest, on straight talk such as:

  • How it’s impossible to come back from mistakes without self-forgiveness

  • Why “The Deadbeat Dad” is a myth

  • How to break out of that comfort zone — because you are not a chicken

  • The often untold ups and downs raising kids (and teenagers) as a single father

  • Proof success can only happen when opportunity meets long preparation

  • Ways speaking up for yourself is nothing to be ashamed of, so “Handle Your Business”

  • Why, now more than ever, our lives depend on what we stand for — and then sticking by it

In a time when we are craving world-wise humor as much as insight, STAND BY YOUR TRUTH by the one and only Rickey Smiley is here to deliver on both.

GALLERY BOOKS is an imprint dedicated to publishing a variety of must-read books on a wide array of topics. Launched in February 2010, Gallery is designed to showcase established voices and to introduce emerging new ones—in both fiction and nonfiction genres. Some of Gallery Books’ bestselling titles includeThe Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer, Five Presidents by Clint Hill, Diary of an Oxygen Thiefby Anonymous, Insidious by Catherine Coulter, Binge by Tyler Oakley, Selp Helf by Miranda Sings, Turning the Tables by Teresa Giudice, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and Love Anthony by Lisa Genova.

ABOUT SIMON & SCHUSTER: Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website

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