Legendary and iconic singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper offers a poignant account of the journey that led her to become an international superstarâ€”from her years growing up in Queens, New York, to the making of enduring hits like â€śTime After Time,â€ť â€śGirls Just Want to Have Fun,â€ť and â€śTrue Colors,â€ť to becoming an actress, a mother, an outspoken activist, and maintaining a music career that has lasted more than thirty years. After leaving her childhood home at seventeen, Cyndi took on a series of jobs: racetrack hot walker, IHOP waitress, and, as she puts it, â€śgal Friday the thirteenth,â€ť as she pursued her passion for music. She worked her way up playing small gigs and broke out in 1983 with Sheâ€™s So Unusual, which earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist and made her the first female artist in history to have four top-five singles on a debut album. And while global fame wasnâ€™t always what she expected, she has remained focused on what matters most. Cyndi is a gutsy real-life heroine who has never been afraid to speak her mind and stick up for a causeâ€”whether itâ€™s womenâ€™s rights, gay rights, or fighting against HIV/AIDS. With her trademark warmth and humor, Cyndi fearlessly writes of a life sheâ€™s lived only on her own terms.