Troublemaker by Leah Remini & Rebecca Paley

Troublemaker

By Leah Remini & Rebecca Paley

  • Release Date: 2015-11-03
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An eye-opening, no-holds-barred memoir about life in the Church of Scientology, now with a new afterword by the author—the outspoken actress and star of the A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
 
Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.
 
That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.
 
Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.
 
But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.
 
Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.

Praise for Troublemaker
 
“An aggressively honest memoir . . . Troublemaker is the most raw and revealing Scientology memoir to date.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“Leah’s story is a juicy, inside-Hollywood read, but it’s more than that. It’s a moving story about the value of questioning authority and how one woman survived a profound crisis of faith.”People
 
“Remini [offers] up some juicy tidbits from her decades in the church.”Newsweek

Reviews

  • Inspiring and honest!

    5
    By MG808HI
    LEAH has a way of speaking straight through the book to you. It was a page turner and I feel like I know her. Thank you for your bravery and openness to share your experiences. Scientology is a scary cult that needs the light of truth to expose its darkest sides. Well done!
  • Fantastic book

    5
    By Politicoamber
    This book was a great read and I felt as though Leah was here telling me her story. I cried, laughed and got angry! So many emotions stirring up and I hope she continues her A&E show and speaking out on Scientology. God bless you Leah and much happiness to you and your family.
  • Great read

    5
    By rainbowcat5
    Fascinating look into Scientology and the cult mentality. Fast-paced and well written
  • This book has it all!

    5
    By Aracely May
    It was serious yet funny and informative. Leah Remini is someone to look up to. This book opened my eyes to a whole new world that had wondered about, best of luck to her!
  • Didn't put this book down!!

    5
    By Daisytex11
    What a moving and incredible story! I purchased this book having never seen much of Leah's comedy work but having been fascinated by her A&E series about Scientology. I read this all in one day and I highly recommend it as a way to learn about the religion and its (very) ugly side and as a way to get to know an incredibly brave and honest woman.
  • Brave soul

    5
    By regret purchase of this
    What a life! Totally reveals the diabolical practices of Scientology and the tight grip it holds over its practitioners. Read it like a firestorm. Great book Leah. Now it's time for others to come forward and expose this money siphoning organization!
  • Troublemaker

    5
    By Elle Q
    This book is inspirational and a testament to the strength of a wonderful person. It will show you the ugly side of humanity but the beauty of human kindness.
  • A+

    5
    By BuffaloBonnie
    Incredibly interesting book. I appreciate Leah's vulnerability and transparency. Good for her for having the courage to leave an evil "religion" and being set free. Praying this book is used to open many more eyes.
  • Great read

    5
    By Smooth-caramel
    Enjoyed the book and finished it within 24 hours. Good balance between explaining Scientology and her story.
  • One of the best autobiographical works out there

    5
    By Froggieut
    This story is not written about the horrors of Scientology but about the writer's life which Scientology has consumed a tremendous portion of. She talks about the good, the bad and the ugly of herself and the good and bad of the religion/cult she belonged to and what caused her to get out and do so in a very public way. I have fallen in love!

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