Finding me

Viola Davis, 1965-

Book - 2022

This is Viola Davis' story, in her own words, and spans her incredible, inspiring life, from her coming-of-age in Rhode Island to her present day. Hers is a story of overcoming, a true hero's journey.

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Subjects
Genres
Autobiographies
Biographies
Published
New York, NY : Ebony Magazine Publishing [2022]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"Ebony Magazine Publishing" --title page.
"Oprah's book club 2022" --dust jacket.
Physical Description
291 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780063037328
0063037327
9780063037366
006303736X
Main Author
Viola Davis, 1965- (author)
  • Running
  • My world
  • Central falls
  • 128
  • Minefield
  • Dramatic moments
  • The sisterhood
  • Secret, silent, shame
  • The muse
  • The starting block
  • Being seen
  • Taking flight
  • The blooming
  • Coming into me
  • The wake-up
  • Harnessing bliss
  • There she is.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Davis is the first African American actress to achieve an Academy Award, an Emmy, and two Tony Awards, the "triple crown of acting." Still, few know the paths she took to overcome a complicated past and find purpose in her life. Finding Me is a reflective memoir about her childhood and college years in Central Falls, Rhode Island, studying at Juilliard, and her early acting years in New York City. Davis closely examines how she dealt with poverty, domestic abuse, molestation, and racism throughout her early years. As a teenager, acting became a vehicle that helped her release childhood trauma. Yet, because she experienced so much pain, she could not understand self-love, nor could she ever feel worthy of any of her accomplishments. Still, she did thrive, due to her close bond with her family, especially her sisters, along with tremendous support from educators, acting coaches, and friends. 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. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Davis' legions of fans will be eager to read and talk about her candid, challenging, and inspiring memoir. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Tony and Oscar–winning actor Davis gives a master class in triumphing over poverty and despair in her soul-baring debut. Born in 1965, Davis became intimate with destitution, dysfunction, and abuse at a young age, growing up with an alcoholic father, and living off welfare checks in 1970s Central Falls, R.I. Inspired by the "true power of artistry" she watched Cicely Tyson display on TV, Davis took up acting, and, with the encouragement of an acting coach from a college prep program, won a scholarship to Rhode Island College. "Achieving became my idea of being alive," Davis writes as she recounts honing her craft at Juilliard, before embarking on a trip to Gambia that transformed her and helped her celebrate her Blackness. Though her success didn't come overnight, years of hard work led Davis to break out of the stereotypical "eye-rolling, ambiguous sidekick" roles that she bemoans Black women actors are often cast in, and win a 2014 Emmy at age 47 for her role in Shonda Rhimes's How to Get Away with Murder. Even with her accomplishments, Davis is frank about the acting world's shortcomings, where, she writes, "womanhood is defined by how ‘classically' pretty you are... how close to white you are." 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. (Apr.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Tony and Oscar–winning actor Davis gives a master class in triumphing over poverty and despair in her soul-baring debut. Born in 1965, Davis became intimate with destitution, dysfunction, and abuse at a young age, growing up with an alcoholic father, and living off welfare checks in 1970s Central Falls, R.I. Inspired by the "true power of artistry" she watched Cicely Tyson display on TV, Davis took up acting, and, with the encouragement of an acting coach from a college prep program, won a scholarship to Rhode Island College. "Achieving became my idea of being alive," Davis writes as she recounts honing her craft at Juilliard, before embarking on a trip to Gambia that transformed her and helped her celebrate her Blackness. Though her success didn't come overnight, years of hard work led Davis to break out of the stereotypical "eye-rolling, ambiguous sidekick" roles that she bemoans Black women actors are often cast in, and win a 2014 Emmy at age 47 for her role in Shonda Rhimes's How to Get Away with Murder. Even with her accomplishments, Davis is frank about the acting world's shortcomings, where, she writes, "womanhood is defined by how ‘classically' pretty you are... how close to white you are." 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. (Apr.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The critically acclaimed film, television and theater actress presents an inspiring and deeply honest story of her life, from her coming-of-age in Rhode Island to her current hard-won success. 250,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Much-anticipated, emotionally-charged debut memoir from award-winning actor and icon Viola Davis"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • A HARPERS BAZAAR BEST BOOK OF 2022 • A PARADE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK • A MARIE CLAIRE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK“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“[A] fulfilling narrative of struggle and success….Her gorgeous storytelling will inspire anyone wishing to shed old labels.”—Los Angeles TimesIn 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.