The Oscar-, Emmy- and Tony award-winning thespian, the first Black woman to win the acting triple crown, shares her personal story of overcoming a childhood filled with poverty and dysfunction to become one of the most celebrated artists of her generation.
Now considered Hollywood royalty, the actress pulls no punches telling her story. According to USA TODAY, “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.”
Oprah Winfrey chose the memoir for her book club and said “Finding Me” had a big impact on her. “After I finished reading the first paragraph, I knew this was a book I wanted to share with the world,” Winfrey said in a statement. “I am in awe that Viola overcame all that she did to not only survive but become a role model for the world as a renowned actress, a mother, a wife and the woman that she is today.”
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‘The Palace Papers’
Tina Brown’s “The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor – The Truth and the Turmoil” (Crown, 592 pp.) debuts on this week’s list at No. 3. The author of USA TODAY best seller “The Diana Chronicles” mainly concentrates on the woman of the house of Windsor in her latest book, but still has plenty to say about the men in their lives.
Brown writes about the royals who have molded the modern monarchy – Charles, Diana, Camilla, William and Harry, Kate and Meghan, Andrew, Philip and Margaret – and what she thinks their recent wobbles mean for the stability and survival of that monarchy. But “Above all, I hope we will get closer to understanding the woman who matters more than anyone else: the Queen,” Brown writes in her prologue.
Brown divulges steamy tidbits of gossip about Prince Harry’s anger issues, Meghan’s “scattered, discordant and mutually resentful” family, Kate’s “long game” and Prince Andrew’s reputation as a “sleaze machine.”
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‘City on Fire’ is Don Winslow’s latest best seller
“City on Fire” (William Morrow, 384 pp.), a contemporary “Iliad” from celebrated crime writer Don Winslow, gives a strong showing at No. 11. Winslow is no stranger to best sellers lists: This is his sixth novel to make the USA TODAY list and, at No. 11, his highest debut. The novel tells the story of a beautiful woman who sets off a war between the two criminal empires controlling New England during the 1980s and ’90s. According to USA TODAY’s ★★★½ (out of four) review, “you wouldn’t want to spend time with these gangsters in real life, but they’re top-notch company on the page.”
Hulu series boosts sales of ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’
Jon Krakauer’s true crime classic “Under the Banner of Heaven” (Anchor, 432 pp.), about the 1984 double murder of a Mormon wife Brenda Lafferty and her baby, returns to the best sellers list this week thanks to Hulu’s limited series of the same name. The series, which debuted April 28, stars Andrew Garfield as Jeb Pyre and Gil Birmingham as Bill Taba, the detectives who investigate the brutal murders. New episodes air on Thursdays.
The book lands at No. 78 this week. Originally published in 2003, it spent 30 weeks in the top 150 that same year. Krakauer has had several books make the best sellers list, including “Into the Wild,” “Into Thin Air,” “Where Men Win Glory” and “Missoula.”
Contributing: Barbara VanDenburgh, Maria Puente, USA TODAY