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Narrated by Viola Davis

In 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.

©2022 Viola Davis (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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We think we are alone…truth is, we are not.

This book brought back memories of my own childhood.
It wasn’t until my 50s that I was able to love me and my 6 yr old self.
Thank you, Viola Davis for sharing your life. You are truly a strong and beautiful woman.

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  • 2022-05-03

Holy shit!

Viola had me hooked in the very first paragraph. I couldn’t stop. Her life story makes you look at yourself in a different way and she shows you what bravery, guts, intelligence and transparency looks like.

You won’t read anything better!

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Magnificent, emotional and powerful.

I have been a fan of Viola Davis' ever since I saw her play the character Aibileen Clark in the movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's The Help. She has always been an actress I've been drawn to so when I heard she had written a memoir, I grabbed a copy of the hardcover and bought the eAudiobook. Once I heard Davis telling her story in her own voice, I quickly opted for the eAudiobook which I listened to it on my road trip to Quebec with my husband a couple of weeks ago.

This is one of my favourite books of 2022 so far. Well-written, raw, emotional and authentic, Davis describes her life from childhood to present day from the abuse and extreme poverty she suffered in her early life, to her struggles with sexism and racism as a Black female actor to her success on stage and screen and finding out who she was meant to be. By the end of the first chapter, I was overcome with emotion - yup, sobbin' in my morning Cheerios I was - as she describes her early life. These experiences were emotional and often traumatic which influenced her relationship with the inner child that she carried with her for decades.

Despite her traumatic childhood, she tells her story without malice, without blame. Her relationships with her family are complicated (with a capital C), but she shows how they have transformed over the years and helped her on her way to being the strong, dignified, amazingly talented human she is today. I especially loved how she described her personal love story with husband Julius Tennon (may we all have a Julius in our lives!) and her feelings and experiences as a Black actress in an entertainment industry that often saw her as not as pretty, valued or talented due to her gender, race and skin tone.

As Black women, we are complicated. We are feminine. We are sexual. We are beautiful. We’re pretty. There are people out there who desire us. We are deserving. So that’s why I’m very aware of what my presence means. And that’s why I’m also aware of why I need to be emotionally healthy. Because that’s a lot of responsibility. Because you’re coming up against a four-hundred-year-old narrative.

This memoir is magnificent, emotional, and powerful. Hearing Viola Davis read her life story to me in this audiobook, in her one-of-a kind voice, was the icing on the proverbial cake. This award-winning actress and producer brings readers into her innermost feelings, her highest highs and her lowest lows with grace, honesty and humility.

I highly, HIGHLY recommend this memoir.

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F&@king awesome

A juxtaposition of strength, vulnerability! Brutal truths of personal experiences. Truths of our North American beliefs about Black women in our society and in acting. Beautifully and honestly written and read. A must read or listen. Bravo !!!

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Fantastic memoir, flawlessly performed.

This is the absolute best ever audiobook I have ever listened to. Being narrated by Mrs. Viola Davis, the author, made the whole experience fascinating. I lived every word, every pause and emphasis. What a fantastic book. And what a fascinating real life story.

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Highly Recommend. May be triggering for some

No matter the circumstances we are born into we can choose a life of greatness. Healing is the greatest gift.

Disappointed that it ended. I hope she writes again!

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Incredible

I could listen to Viola Davis speak all day. Her story is incredible and her voice brings it to life. I will listen to this book again and may buy the hard copy.

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One of the best books I have read in 2022!
Her story flies off the pages of this book. You can't hell but root for the children of 128. Very captivating and gut wrenching. The ultimate story survival against all odds.
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Big screen one day; to inspire generations to come..
Kudos to Viola!
This book reads like a Masterclass on how to survive Broadway, theater & film.













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Amazingly brave memoir with raw emotion. Could not stop listening.
Thank you Viola!
Now I see.

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Incredible.

Viola’s story is heart wrenching and beautiful and one that needs hearing. I Highly recommend!!!

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  • Ajm220
  • 2022-04-27

A Glorious Listen!

Were it possible, I would give this book ten stars across the board. Five stars don't seem adequate when I have given five stars to other books of far less value and meaning. The writing is superb, as well as the narration, but then what else would you expect from the leading African American actor of our time? I feel honored that I had the privilege. That's how impactful this book is, especially for me, a dark-skinned Baby Boomer woman of African descent born and raised in the United States of America. Need I say more? While I never suffered the horrendous next-level bullying that the author experienced in childhood, I know what colorism judgment feels like. I know how it feels when a favorite aunt said to me at twelve years old after telling her I wanted to become a model when I grew up, "You can never become a model because you're too dark," and then she chuckled after saying it. I frequently heard the half-ass compliment, "you're cute, but you'd be so much prettier if you had lighter skin."

For me, "Finding Me" is so rich in psychological and spiritual truth that it requires multiple listens to process. I have only listened once, so far, however, one listening is all that is necessary to recognize the magnificence of this work. The book should be required reading/or listened to by all women of color throughout the diaspora because the effects of racism appear to be everywhere.

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  • Michelle Clay
  • 2022-04-28

MICHELLE C.

Powerful, Raw, and Riveting! just as many of her characters she plays..so is she! I expected nothing less! I am left feeling even more empowered not just by her truth but ,also by her acknowledgement of the stigmatized views not just of women but, especially black women. Being a black woman myself, I hope that other women of color come forth and continue to use their platform and talent not to radicalize but to educate. Viola, I am proud of you and your accomplishments....hopefully oneday we can sit and chat over a cafe while I serve you some of my pie! until then ..I will continue to celebrate and pray for you. CONGRATULATIONS! AWESOME EXPERIENCE!

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  • Aprilsims93
  • 2022-05-02

Absolutely beautifully Written❤️

First as a dark skin woman and second as a Rhodes Island native myself, this book touched on so many levels. Viola wrote such a beautiful story. One of my favorite reads. 10/10 Amazing.

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  • Riverdale Mom
  • 2022-04-28

Life changing experience!

This was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. I am so inspired. Thank you, Queen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-04-28

Breathe taking

I really enjoyed listening the Viola Davis read her own memoir. Her reading gave it so much life. Most times I could picture me there. I went though every emotion listening to this book. I laughed and I cried. It was emotional, it was informative, it touched home. I didn’t go through most of what she went through but I felt every bit of her struggle and and all of my own. Well done…

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  • Nelia Campbell
  • 2022-04-29

too much cursing for me to enjoy

too much cursing for me to enjoy is there a clean or edited version.

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  • PAULA
  • 2022-04-28

Love it

LOVED IT. Had me in tears..QUEEN VIOLA DAVIS!!!Amazing. A must read. Great actress and writer

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  • TRISH MARTIN
  • 2022-05-02

Beautiful

This was a Wonderful book! It was Life changing! I didn’t want it to end!

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  • 2022-05-02

5 stars; a must READ!!!

Viola is HONEST!!

In the Bible James chapter 5 talks about confession and the power of healing that brings. She doesn’t hold back and talks about it all; the good the bad and the unbearable. I see parts of my life in her story, especially in her parents relationship. Her story is one of pain, joy, discovery and forgiveness, especially towards family. All I can say is “Thank You Viola Davis” you telling your story is helping me face and better understand mine.

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  • Vicki Herman
  • 2022-04-30

Outstanding!

I'm so glad that Viola read this herself! Simply outstanding. Worth every moment spent listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-06-06

narrated by the inimitable author!

this is so beautifully and personally narrated. an incredible of a hard yet lustrous life. what a force. highly recommend.

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  • Scoco
  • 2022-05-16

Finding me …too

This book gave me permission to find myself too under layers of elaborated conformity which undeniably lead to every day numbness.