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Finding Me: The Grammy-winning memoir

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Viola- I am so happy that you are full of self- love now- that you know how beautiful and talented you are, and I hope you know what an inspiration you are, as well. All the attributes that are attached to being a woman-desirable, vulnerable, needing to be rescued-don't apply to us. 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. She is one of six children, grew up in a crowded home where her dad was abusive to her mom, and her and her siblings often went hungry and unclean.

Viola could have done well in many areas, but the acting bug bit her when she saw Cicely Tyson in 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. The level of courage and bravery needed to overcome some of the things Viola has experienced is extremely high.

This memoir is like a conversation with Viola Davis, it doesn't have any real structure and I didn't feel like I learned anything inspiring.

The Davis family also lived in grinding poverty: they often went hungry; didn't have coins for the laundromat; lacked heat and telephone service; and had rats all over the apartment. Her sister Dianne, a fourth grade teacher, seeing Cicely Tyson on television, and attending Upward Bound spurred her to dream about who she could become. Following her gap year, during which Viola became a "professional actress", she went on to Juilliard School in New York City.I’m baffled at just how powerful — brutal - heart wrenching- heartbreaking - heart stopping - and deeply, profoundly ‘soul’-generous Viola Davis is…. totally enjoyed, although there are many experiences she's has had that brought me back to my own which was hard. There Viola was named a 'Promising Young Artist' which eventually led to a scholarship to Rhode Island College. 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. I have loved this actress for a long time based solely on her skills as an actress, but now I am doubly impressed.

Deeply personal, brutally honest, and riveting, Finding Me is a timeless and spellbinding memoir that will capture hearts and minds around the globe. As a girlie with only brothers, I quite enjoy seeing, hearing and knowing women with sisters because that dynamic to me is soooo precious. I’m honored to learn more about one of my heroes and am utterly in awe of her journey that was gorgeously written, honest, and unforgettable.Can we all exude a bit more kindness and compassion and freaking assistance when someone is struggling? 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 .

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