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Finding Me: A Memoir By Viola Davis


I’ve always been a huge fan of Viola Davis. Her willingness to lay it all out on the line to be the best artist that she can possibly be in truly an inspiration. If you follow Viola Davis on instagram, then you may know how much of a mental health advocate she is. She often reposts accounts who are focused on depression and anxiety education, which I find to be quite helpful. Every now and again she will share a humorous post that will be get you laughing. I always wondered how her journey to mental wellness begin, so I was excited to hear that she was releasing a new book.

Finding Me, was the answer to all of my questions. Mrs. Davis candidly shared her memoir from top to bottom. After reading this book, it all made sense to me. Her willingness to bare it all in each roll that she plays is no different that her willingness to bare it all in this amazing book. You may cry, you may laugh, you may be left reflecting upon your own past and future to come. Either way, I think that by the end of this book, you will have grown exponentially. This is why I’ve decided to include it in the Bene Book Club.

I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did!

“[A] fulfilling narrative of struggle and success….Her gorgeous storytelling will inspire anyone wishing to shed old labels.”

Los Angeles Times


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.

– Viola Davis

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