Finding Me: An Oprah's Book Club Pick

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Finding Me: An Oprah's Book Club Pick

Finding Me: An Oprah's Book Club Pick

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not just winning an Emmy, a Tony nomination, a Golden Globe award, screen actors Guild award, a star on the Hollywood walk of fame, an Academy award for best supporting actress…. Deeply personal, brutally honest, and riveting, Finding Me is a timeless and spellbinding memoir that will capture hearts and minds around the globe. Viola had me ‘hanging-by-a-tread’ when she took a 4 hour train ride — to audition - to get into Juilliard …. Viola is so incredibly raw and honest when sharing stories from her childhood, her journey into being an actress, and the lessons she learned along the way as a daughter, wife, mother, and artist. Though Viola may have faced more obstacles than some other actors, she admits her struggles were universal.

She explores several relationships she has involving her family and how those relationships have changed and developed over the years and I just think she did a wonderful job detailing her childhood and how it has affected her later into her career. The book is absolutely exceptional, Davis finds ways to make you cry and shows her readers the work and effort she has put into her success. Unfortunately, I shared the same idea with many people in my area so the wait list for this was quite long at my library. Feeling like I was in the room listening to her story made me want to reach out and hug her and let her know that she is worthy and how her light shines through in the world.But thinking about it from the perspective of the entire universe, distilling the novel to its aching soul, it could be the story of many other women, women who still need to make peace with their past, women who struggle to put an end to the abusive streak they're enduring.

She does not color rose over childhood glasses — she saw her daddy’s drunken beatings of her mom to within an inch of her life — yet, she can love the man he becomes without punishing him for his past. Vee, what a beautiful story, I’m now headed to Malik’s Books for the hardcopy cause my shelf NEEDS this beautiful book! It is startlingly honest and, at times, a jaw-dropping read, charting her rise from poverty and abuse to becoming the first African-American to win the triple crown of an Oscar, Emmy and Tony for acting. Like most readers will probably feel, I thought Viola’s childhood was the most emotional and engaging part of the story.

Objectively speaking, Finding Me is a powerful story; it's not an easy one to read, as it's one born in pain and violence.

Viola Davis is one of the best actors of this generation and has won multiple awards in acting, like Oscar, Emmy, and Tony.After getting past the early(nightmare) childhood years —-Viola began her career (so damn interesting of even how she got from A to B), in Central Falls, Rhode Island…. Nevertheless, Viola persevered and graduated after five years, part of it spent in the theater program at the California Polytechnic University in Pomona, on a student exchange plan. Rat invested and pissed soaked beds, emotional and physical abuse, surrounded by and even experiencing sexual abuse, all while growing up as a Black girl in a predominately white area. I’ve always been drawn to her work, and then to her more personally when I saw her share as part of an informal actress’ round table.

The colorism she experienced in the acting world and how they tried to “mold and shape” her into the perfect “white” actor. This must be one of the most straightforward and brutally honest memoirs I have had the pleasure of reading.As I wrote Finding Me, my eyes were open to the truth of how our stories are often not given close examination. Viola Davis lived in abject poverty oftentimes without heat, clean clothing, clean bedding, and food. Every painful memory, every mentor, every friend and foe serves as a chisel, a leap pad that has shaped “ME!

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