BiographyFinding Me by Viola Davis

Finding Me by Viola Davis


Last night, we had the immeasurable pleasure of another amazing book club session for women touched by breast cancer with our friends at @futuredreamscharity where we discussed last months pick, the new memoir from iconic actor @violadavis

Published in April and continuing to feature on the NYT Best Seller list, this has been an @oprahbookclub choice and in myriad best book lists globally. A raw, unfiltered account of a traumatic childhood in poverty and violence, born in a one room shack in a former plantation, her resilience and persistence in pursuing a career on the stage and screen shines through the pages.

This is a powerful read, our book club were astounded by her strength and honesty. We think that this is so important, for shining a spotlight on the shame that surrounds these topics and for her humble approach to her success in which she acknowledges huge amounts of luck that is required in such a saturated industry.

Viola takes us through some of the most traumatic moments in her life, baring her soul and exploring how she has found the ability to heal. Exploring race, privilege, identity, family and acting as a craft to escape reality and confront your demons, this made us all want to immediately watch her backlist of work.

A heavy read, authentically written (this didn’t feel edited or curated but more a stream of consciousness) that is helped by the fact you know she is going to become a star, this will help so many people. As she asks “how do you pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you don’t have any boots?”. Unfiltered and unflinching. Swipe for a few examples of passages that blew us away.

Order your copy here.

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