Finding Me - Viola Davis

Finding Me

By Viola Davis

  • Release Date: 2022-04-26
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 600 Ratings



“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 Times

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.


  • Finding Me

    By meeeandmeshadow
    What an incredible memoir. As a white person and a retired really good Therapist, I thought I was pretty enlightened about racism, poverty and trauma. Yet I learned several remarkable, profound and brand new life changing “things” that I had never ever known before. Thank you Viola Davis. You are beautiful in every way. ❤️
  • Triumphant

    By Gmhend91
    Viola Davis book about her life is so interesting. The openness and honesty about her hardships and successes and how she broke into Hollywood is beautifully told. It just brings to mind the cliche saying anything is possible.
  • Life is bumpy

    By brendaann25
    This booked helped me process parts of my childhood that I often just down deep. The way she shared her life was inspiring!!! I hope one day I can share a part of my life and help others to understand that you can overcome the bumps in your life.
  • Intense

    By Tuti B
    Such a great book! Detailed, mind blowing, I would’ve never thought Viola experienced such much trauma. It’s just amazing to read how she overcame It all, and her perseverance to achieve her goals and become so successful. Great job!
  • Honest and uplifting

    By lalacroissant
    I read this because I sometimes find myself feeling like I am the most unfortunate creature to graze the earth. I feel unwanted and rejected in my existence and I heard about this book from a friend and wanted to know if anyone that I deemed successful could have come up from similar beginnings as I. While reading this, I cried. It gave me great hope to know that there is hope for me and no matter how outcast I am I can still lead a happy successful life.
  • Fear and Forgiveness

    By nmp apps
    This was a tough read for me. It is only in the last ten years or so that I have begun to understand the tangible differences between my life experiences and those of the Black women I know or have admired. The first time in my life that I felt overwhelmed by fear was the Cuban Missile Crisis. The first time I felt grievous anger at my status was when my ex was able to sell my car without my knowledge. The first time I felt a sickening shame was when I was very publicly fired by people I thought of as friends, but who did not care “why” there was a problem, but only that their own positions were threatened. I now know that many, most, some, enough women of color have felt those same life altering emotions on a daily basis. Ms. Davis has written a singularly stirring and powerful wide screen text book for those in the white community who can’t even begin to imagine where the anger and rage expressed by Blacks and Hispanics came from.
  • Incredible transforming

    By Dixlu65
    I could not put this book down! The most honest and heart wrenching recalling of one’s life. I cried, laughs and celebrated her joy. As a read this book my heart understood her struggle. The best part is Viola clawed her way out to happiness and fulfillment. She didn’t wait for someone to give it to her. She fought tooth and nail to get there. Thank you for sharing your life story. I felt, seen, heard and valued through the pages of this book and brought me forgiveness, understanding and peace. Thank you Viola!
  • I can read this over and over again

    By Thetanu
    Mrs. Davis is raw and real in this book. I love it because I can identify with a lot of what she speaks of as her truth. We must all learn to forgive self.
  • This of a beautiful story

    By Tinsuni
    I loved her honesty and venerability

    By Fernanduhhz
    This book touched my heart and soul in a way I didn’t know was possible. I’ve loved Viola since I saw her in HTGAWM and after reading this book, I respect her even more. She is a true inspiration. The raw emotions I felt and identified with were so surprising but so cathartic. I highly recommend you read this book and I promise you will not want to put it down.