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Finding Me is the deeply personal, brutally honest account of Viola's inspiring life, from her coming of age in Rhode Island to her present-day career.

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 and my strength, but also to finding 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. They are bogarted, reinvented to fit into a crazy, competitive, judgmental world. So I wrote this for anyone who is searching for a way to understand and overcome a complicated past, let go of shame and find acceptance. 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 on my past and a promise for my future. 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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A reality check on life as we thought we knew it!

What an amazing storyteller. I was there in every moment and had more than a few epiphanies along the way. Thank you Viola Davis…the world needs more examples of what true vulnerability looks like.

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A journey of Amazingness, Resilience and Vulnerability.

I may not have gone through some stuff in this book, but everything about this book is so relatable. The deep ingrained self esteem issues, how pain becomes a cushion. I had my “ aha moment” after reading this book.

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Beautiful life story

I loved it! Loved that Viola narrates her own story. She managed to consume me with emotions when she describes the saddest moments of her childhood but also managed to take me on a journey of joy with her in the beautiful moments. I could not stop listening.

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A must read!! WOW POWERFUL

I have always loved Viola Davis but wow after reading her story what a life she has been through. Very inspirational. A must read!!! Loved every second of it.

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Deeply Honest Stirs a Yearning to Understand More

Viola has long been a favourite actress and person. But this open, candid glimpse into what led her to become such an amazing person is awe inspiring. The honest insights into the world of acting is also important. I loved it!

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Magical

Every single line was magical. I've always admired Viola and now I identify with her. Thank you, queen 👑

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WoW WoW WoW !!!!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you - Thank you for being so open, vulnerable and honest.

I could relate to so many parts of this book without coming from the same place. Your book made me feel proud with the path that sculpted me -

Viola Davis to be honest I lived under a rock because I do not watch or follow media so much - I’ve watched some of your movies not even knowing your name , just thinking what an actress - but what a woman you are - you had my heart clenched, I wanted to scream for you, I cried on the train while listening to your journey -

It’s amazing what one persons journey can do for another 🙏 your book helped me to not stop believing and keep on keeping on, thank you for allowing us into your life ✨💖🫶

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Sensational!

First of all, I hope one day I get to watch Viola's story on film! I have laughed, cried (a lot), gasped, been amazed, and a whole range of emotions that are hard to put into words, well, unless you're Viola. She has narrated her memoir in an explicable way that resonates way after the book is over. She speaks to young girls, black women, those dealing with mental health, poverty, struggling to make it, confused... and gives us hope that yeah, we can make it.

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Bravo Viola Davis

Loved this story about the struggle to overcoming the harsh realities of poverty, racism, sexism, classism, abuse and violence! Beautifully narrated and told by Viola herself. A humbling and empowering story.

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Wow wow wow

Interview with you on Oprah on Netflix and loved it download is the audiobook straight away and from the first sentence I was hooked what an amazing story and life you have
live absolutely heartbreaking and loving at the same time and inspiration you’re an amazing woman loved it loved it loved it

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  • 23-05-2022

Transformational!

Highly recommend this book, for me it was transformational. A beautiful reminder of the power of self-love.

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  • lorraine
  • 15-05-2022

Thank you Viola🙌

This book speaks to me as no other book has ..listen to it ..read it..share it.. give it to those you love

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  • Sarah Warugongo
  • 12-05-2022

Wow 🤩

Talk about owning all of your stories & choosing to belong to yourself unapologetically- that’s the story of Viola! Absolutely outstanding in every way - thanks for sharing all of you Viola! You give us permission to do the same. You are a bright shining star 🌟- I love you ❤️

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  • Ligia Human
  • 11-05-2022

i LOVED this book so much

its so worth a read or listen. I loved that Viola read her own book, I am greatful that she shared her story, we all have struggles - Viola shows us that it is possible to change your life in the most incredible ways and if we boil it down its a choice we have to make - stay where we are or find a way to move forward.

if im honest I dont care much for celebrities as I personally feel that integrity is hard to come by in that field - Viola in my opinion has heaps

again - I LOVE this book, thank you Viola x

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  • 11-05-2022

MUST READ

Found a lot of myself in Finding Me. Opened my eyes to so many things I did not realize. Amasing book. Thank you for sharing Viola!!

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  • adelacreative
  • 11-05-2022

Loved it ❤️

It gives me courage to follow my own artist dreams, it shows the hidden part of the iceberg. And her voice adds so much depth to the story, I can feel the feelings.

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  • 05-05-2022

I haven't read it yet!

I've just finished watching Viola's interview with Oprah on Netflix. I thought that I was going to get a hardcopy but, at the end of the interview, Oprah mentioned that the audiobook is available. So I immediately came here. I can't wait to listen. It's almost 10pm in SA🇿🇦 as I write this and I'm starting with the first chapter tonight!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-2022

So authentic

I loved this book, felt like I was sitting on a table with Viola and just listening to her. The most authentic book I've ever read. Loved it

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  • Akhona Maqwazima
  • 04-05-2022

Oscar worthy

Riveting transparency and honesty. Viola shines a mirror on all of soceity through her life, no guilt tripping, simply an honest expression of her life.

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  • 匿名
  • 02-05-2022

Emotional page turner.

I absolutely loved this book. brutal honesty by Viola, had alot of moments where I had to pause and cry.

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  • Lady DJ
  • 30-04-2022

A must

loved that Viola was the narrator, felt like she was personally telling me her story. .. totally enjoyed, although there are many experiences she's has had that brought me back to my own which was hard.

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  • rosemary
  • 28-04-2022

Probably the best biography I have ever read!

I have even more respect for Viola after reading her story. Definitely reading it again!

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  • Discoe
  • 27-05-2022

Wow!!! Loved this!!!

Possibly one of the best autobiographies I've listened to. Truth always trumps fiction. I laughed and cried whilst listening to this. Thanks Miss Viola! I also think you have another career narrating books and doing voiceovers. Thank you for sharing your story with us all. ❤️

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  • Miss Melissa Magennis
  • 27-05-2022

Not downloading fully

I’ve really enjoyed this book..but is anyone else have the same problem as me I’m on the very last chapter and it just won’t play??..any ideas?!

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  • 26-05-2022

Thank you

A masterpiece. Truly inspiring and an essential gift to all black women.
Thank you Viola

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  • DD
  • 26-05-2022

Deeply captivating

Viola takes you on her journey of discovery so eloquently. Deeply captivating throughout especially her home life in her early years.

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  • 26-05-2022

Beautiful, raw and unapologetic

Stunning, stunning, stunning! Viola's narration takes you on on journey and forces you to feel every single emotion. This is one of those memoirs that makes you want to delve deeper into understanding yourself, and those around you.

Listening to her memoir will make you want to rewatch all her work again, and I promise you you'll see her in a much different light.

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  • 匿名
  • 26-05-2022

Breathtakingly Beautiful

I have always been a fan of Viola, this book, her story, has sky rocketed my admiration for her!
The raw truth of her life is written with such honesty, pain, elegance and grace.
No one else could have read this book apart from Viola, it’s fantastic!
Viola is a beautiful woman, inside and out!

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  • Allyson
  • 26-05-2022

Absolutely 💯 Beautiful Viola

Viola I salute you! This book change the way I Prayer 🙏🤲
I no longer say I had a bad or poor childhood.

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  • JayJayGee
  • 25-05-2022

Emotive

This piece has made me happy, sad and glad. An emotive read. I would recommend this.

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