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Finding Me: An Oprah's Book Club Pick

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Objectively speaking, Finding Me is a powerful story; it's not an easy one to read, as it's one born in pain and violence. She narrates her truth as it is, without pomp or embellishment, in all its bare-faced and naked glory. Viola is very honest about her life and career, and her numerous anecdotes include stories that are scary; shocking; embarrassing; humorous; sad; happy; romantic; joyful; and more.

An honest, unflinching, and utterly brilliant account of how one of the best actors of our time became who she is today. I’ve never witness my father beat my mom within an inch of her life and I’ve never experienced racism on the level that Viola has for being too dark. I mean Viola had to deal with racist bullying from kids at school and when she was in grade school her teacher told her she would never be anything because she's Black. A fervent rejection of the one-dimensional portraits Hollywood paints of black people and their experiences. It is startlingly honest and, at times, a jaw-dropping read, charting her rise from poverty and abuse to becoming the first African-American to win the triple crown of an Oscar, Emmy and Tony for acting.

In the course of playing Annalise, I understood that I was no longer and never was that ugly Black nigga. But thinking about it from the perspective of the entire universe, distilling the novel to its aching soul, it could be the story of many other women, women who still need to make peace with their past, women who struggle to put an end to the abusive streak they're enduring. I see people—the way they walk, talk, laugh, and grieve, and their silence—in a way that is hyperfocused because of my past. This is the path I took to finding my purpose and my strength, but also to finding my voice in a world that didn't always see me. In 2001 Viola won a Tony Award for King Hedley II, and then the 2008 movie 'Doubt' marked her transition from stage actor to film/Hollywood actor.

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. 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. I can say so much about how our life events sorta overlap but this is her story so I will leave it there.Viola had me ‘hanging-by-a-tread’ when she took a 4 hour train ride — to audition - to get into Juilliard ….

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