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Finding Me: An Oprah's Book Club Pick

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I believe her story probably has potential to be great but I personally could not enjoy it in this casual, overly descriptive narrative format.

The descriptions of the living conditions of her home are hard to wrap one’s head around, but despite her parents having their hands full with their own demons, Viola managed to get some support from siblings and programs offered to her which helped to build her self-esteem, incentivized her to change the course of her life, propelling her toward achieving her dreams. An honest, unflinching, and utterly brilliant account of how one of the best actors of our time became who she is today. Please include what you were doing when this page came up and the Cloudflare Ray ID found at the bottom of this page. Biography: Viola Davis is an internationally acclaimed actress and producer, known for her exceptional performances in television shows such as How to Get Away with Murder and movies such as Fences and The Help. She narrates her truth as it is, without pomp or embellishment, in all its bare-faced and naked glory.Davis's memoir 'Finding Me' illustrates that the hard-won accolades resulted from determination, hard work, talent, luck, and encouragement from the occasional mentor. Viola is as unwavering with the recollection of her own pain and trauma as she is wholehearted with the reminiscence of her hope and healing. Following her gap year, during which Viola became a "professional actress", she went on to Juilliard School in New York City. A fervent rejection of the one-dimensional portraits Hollywood paints of black people and their experiences.

It’s no accident that Time Magazine named Viola Davis one of the 100 most influential people in the world. As I wrote Finding Me, my eyes were open to the truth of how our stories are often not given close examination. I feel connected to her and to all the women, of any color, of any biological nature, who fight every day for the birthright to be themselves. From the extreme poverty, the intense physical and sexual abuse, and all the way to Hollywood, Viola paints a perfect image to show you and let you understand her life.Luck is an elusive monster who chooses when to come out of its cave to strike and who will be its recipient.

Can we all exude a bit more kindness and compassion and freaking assistance when someone is struggling? Thus the Davis children reeked of urine, to the point where Viola's teacher whispered in her ear one day, "You need to tell your mother to get some soap and wash you!

I know much of these facts - our 40 year old daughter is a steady working actor in Hollywood since childhood]…. But when she saw Cecily Tyson on TV, she was inspired to take up acting, first succeeding in small sketches at school and later earning a college scholarship. My only regret- I have from listening to Viola read ‘this/her’ memoir so brilliantly—is that I wish I had been part of a small book group -having ongoing discussions—chapter by chapter.

She was the apt person to explain more about the movement as she is familiar with almost every piece of information and every victim related to it.

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….

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