• Finding Me

  • A Memoir
  • By: Viola Davis
  • Narrated by: Viola Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (13,121 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Editor's Pick

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Love it

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

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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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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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