• Finding Me

  • A Memoir
  • By: Viola Davis
  • Narrated by: Viola Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (26,281 ratings)

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By: Viola Davis
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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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One beautiful woman
Viola Davis and I go way back to the days she appeared on my favorite show, Law & Order. I often wondered why she wasn’t glammed up all that much. I suspected it was her dark skin that didn’t elicit glamour once upon a time. It certainly was the reason she had to run home every day, away from a pack of boys who called her names and threatened her because they found her dark and ugly. She ran fast with shoes a couple of sizes too small and holes in their soles. Viola Davis is a knockout! She’s one of the best in the business, delivering seamlessly powerful performances. At 53, she started doing the work on her scars from the past. Her therapist pointed out that the little girl from Central Falls, RI, was the hero. Viola let her in, and here she is, folks. Her memoir will put some pep in your spring. —Yvonne D., Audible Editor

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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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I deeply admire Ms. Davis!

The foundational experiences, transformation from victim to survivor, and wisdom shared by Ms. Davis is truly inspirational! That being said, the language is too vulgar (not a judgment, an observation). It saddens me because she is an exceptional actor! She is a master of her art, without question. We are all entitled to our opinions, our views, and perspectives. I would not recommend the book.

I felt the same way when reading President Obama's biography--AMAZING! But, again, the vulgarity tainted and did nothing to edify the reader.

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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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Outstanding!

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

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Beautiful

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

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Viola is my shero

In a story of triumph despite all odds. Viola tells a story of overcoming all odds to pursue her lifetime dreams. A must read!!! Thank you Ms. Davis

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The best book I’ve ever read/heard.

I am an avid reader of non-fiction and memoirs. Viola absolutely astounded me with this work. As much as I’ve loved her through the years, I’ve never been more impressed. Highly recommend listening to the audio version! Hearing her story in her voice is incomparable to reading, in my opinion.

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Most chapters touch home.I was full of emotions.

I hate for it too end,the way she told her story..
It was captivating , exciting and extremely sad.

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It only goes to chapter 12….??

It doesn’t give the whole book or I need an instruction to download the entire book.

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Finding Viola

Wow, Viola Davis tells a terrifying and ultimately transcendent story in her memoir. I’ve always loved her acting but this story digs deep into the pain of her youth, racism, poverty, and overcoming cards dealt. I listened on Audible because her fabulous voice and acting gave it authenticity and texture only she could supply. The book (and Ms. Davis’s spiritual healing) are deeply personal and moving. Read it or listen to it - you will not want to miss Finding Me.

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