Finding Me: An Oprah's Book Club Pick

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Finding Me: An Oprah's Book Club Pick

Finding Me: An Oprah's Book Club Pick

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This is not a memoir that traces a celebrity’s humble beginnings to their eventual success; this is a memoir of healing, of finally making peace with oneself. Unfortunately, I shared the same idea with many people in my area so the wait list for this was quite long at my library. Viola had me ‘hanging-by-a-tread’ when she took a 4 hour train ride — to audition - to get into Juilliard ….

I honestly have no words- One simply must experience this memoir for themselves to truly appreciate it.

In addition to being a story about Viola's personal journey, this memoir can serve as a primer for aspiring actors, because it provides information about what to expect and how to maneuver in show business. Davis's memoir 'Finding Me' illustrates that the hard-won accolades resulted from determination, hard work, talent, luck, and encouragement from the occasional mentor. In 2001 Viola won a Tony Award for King Hedley II, and then the 2008 movie 'Doubt' marked her transition from stage actor to film/Hollywood actor.

Finding Me is a raw and honest memior about growing up in abject poverty with an abusive and alcoholic father.My heart broke listening to the stories Viola shared, including befriending kids who she knew would invite her over after school so that she would be fed at their houses. Overall, this was a beautiful, heart-wrenching book and I'm so glad that Viola Davis felt comfortable enough to share her story: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I love Viola as an actress, she really commands her roles and she is such strong black female actress that I wanted to know more.

Viola Davis, Inside Out: How she drew on a life of private hardship to become one of the greatest actors of her generation. Davis begins at the beginning: born on a South Carolina plantation (truly), she shortly moved with her mother and alcoholic father to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where she grew up in dire poverty. Vee, what a beautiful story, I’m now headed to Malik’s Books for the hardcopy cause my shelf NEEDS this beautiful book!

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