Finding Me By Viola Davis

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Finding Me: A Memoir By Viola Davis

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Book/Novel Author: Viola Davis

Book/Novel Title: Finding Me

 

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OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • A HARPERS BAZAAR BEST BOOK OF 2022 • A PARADE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK • A MARIE CLAIRE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK“It’s clear from the first page that Davis is going to serve a more intimate, unpolished account than is typical of the average (often ghost-written) celebrity memoir; Finding Me reads like Davis is sitting you down for a one-on-one conversation about her life, warts and all.”—USA Today“[A] fulfilling narrative of struggle and success….Her gorgeous storytelling will inspire anyone wishing to shed old labels.”—Los Angeles TimesIn my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever.This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path I took to finding my purpose but also my voice in a world that didn’t always see me.As I wrote Finding Me, my eyes were open to the truth of how our stories are often not given close examination. We are forced to reinvent them to fit into a crazy, competitive, judgmental world. So I wrote this for anyone running through life untethered, desperate and clawing their way through murky memories, trying to get to some form of self-love. For anyone who needs reminding that a life worth living can only be born from radical honesty and the courage to shed facades and be . . . you.Finding Me is a deep reflection, a promise, and a love letter of sorts to self. My hope is that my story will inspire you to light up your own life with creative expression and rediscover who you were before the world put a label on you.
I like the honesty in this book. Viola was open, funny and authentic. I don’t know her personally but it felt like I was talking to a friend. It seems like she held back nothing. What didn’t I like is she skipped around too much. She went from one topic to another and back to another event from the past, not confusing but a little distracting. I would recommend this book for all of her fans, and up and coming black actresses, especially darker ones. Viola lays it down about the reality of how your skin color makes a difference in the roles you are chosen for. This was a great read. I finished in three days! A must read!
Having seen Viola Davis’ interview with Oprah, I knew a lot of the material in the book. But at the same time it was so hard to read this; the extreme poverty; the family abuse; etc. It was a very bleak book even though she triumphed in the end. Also I didn’t know Ms. Davis had such a potty mouth! There is a lot of profanity in it, so if that bothers you, you may not want to read this.

Thank you, thank-you so much for writing this book. I saw my self through every paragraph. I too had to survive and later find myself.It helped me believe that I am not alone, I have me! I’m a much better version of myself, with more room for improvement.We never actually “get there” life keeps going.Thanks to your honesty, I am looking forward to the challenges and changes waiting ahead.
Finding Me is an exquisite journey into the heart of a woman and the soul of a family. The writing is spare, yet we are able to glean the horror and the hope of it all. I felt this family, in part because many aspects resonate with my own life—her relationship with Julius and their love. I cried at the passing of her dad.I highly recommend this memoir. It’s an easy and powerful read. Now I’m off to binge “How To Get Away With Murder!”

 

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