Following it’s publication, Viola Davis’ unvarnished and emotional memoir “Finding Me,” topped bestseller on Amazon, New York Times Bestseller, USA TODAY Bestseller. The book published by Harper One Books, & Ebony Publishing, runs through a nifty 304 pages.
“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,” Davis wrote in-text .
The first Black woman to win the acting triple crown, the Oscar, Emmy, and Tony award reveals her personal tale of overcoming a background of poverty and dysfunction to become one of her generation’s most famous actress.
The book ‘Finding Me’ reads like Davis is having a one-on-one conversation with the reader about her life, warts and all. She clouded every line with an apt intimate and emotional mood, that absorbs the audience into the reality of her world. The book will represent the most personal off-stage experience with the actress.
It represents “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.” she said
The actress is noted for her outstanding performances in television shows like as ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ and films such as ‘Fences,’ and ‘The Help.’
She earned a Screen Actors Guild award in 2021 for her part in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.’ She was named one of the 100 most important persons in the world by Time magazine in both 2012 and 2017. Davis is also the creator and CEO of JuVee Productions, which develops and produces independent film, stage, television, and digital content.
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Davis has had sit down interview with Oprah Winfrey following the book’s release, and Winfrey impressed by it chose the memoir for her book club, “Finding Me” had a big crunch on her.
“After I finished reading the first paragraph, I knew this was a book I wanted to share with the world,” Winfrey said in a statement. “I am in awe that Viola overcame all that she did to not only survive but become a role model for the world as a renowned actress, a mother, a wife and the woman that she is today.”
“Raw in its anger, shocking in its frankness, often downright vulgar—and wonderfully alive with Davis’ passion poured into every page.” – Associated Press
“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
“Reading her memoir, Finding Me. . . you understand where her ability comes from: Only someone who has already been dragged into the depths of emotion readily knows how to get back there.” – New York Times Magazine
“An unvarnished chronicle of hard-won, well-earned success.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Davis gives readers hope, encouraging us to look back and embrace childhood dreams or failures, let go of shame, and move forward to become the best version of ourselves.” – Booklist
“Davis’s grit and determination are moving, and her unflinching reckoning with the “racism and misogyny” she faced in Hollywood makes her story of overcoming all the more effective. Fans will be utterly enthralled.” – Publishers Weekly
“Davis’s grit and determination are moving, and her unflinching reckoning with the “racism and misogyny” she faced in Hollywood makes her story of overcoming all the more effective. Fans will be utterly enthralled.” – Time magazine
“[A] fulfilling narrative of struggle and success….Her gorgeous storytelling will inspire anyone wishing to shed old labels.” – Los Angeles Times
“Brimming with love, heartbreak, and hard-won wisdom.” – Bustle
“This book is a testament to resilience, hard work, and the power of owning your truth.” – Real Simple
You can get a copy of 'Finding Me: A Memoir' by Voila Davis on Amazon
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