The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.
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....
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This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!
This is in the top 5 of the audiobooks I have listened.
The Tom and Katie wedding and the way Leah describes the hypocrisy of the church members. The way she is followed around and held responsible for just switching seats. Lol!
Her narration is priceless. No one else could make this book come alive like Leah. Her personal story comes through with every inflection.
Just her standing up for herself.
I loved this book! I was NOT a Leah Remini fan. Never watched the King of Queens. I have been introduced to a wonderful writer and very authentic person. I have become a big fan through the few hours of listening to this book. You go Leah!
- Kim "Mom who enjoys history, mysteries and emotional dramas."
Enlightening, Infuriating, Raw, & WHERE IS SHELLEY
Leah Remini has a fascinating story to tell. She's seen Scientology from the Sea Org side and from the Hollywood fame side - and the perspectives have stark differences to take into consideration. Hollywood stars, given the pampered princess treatment could conceivably be completely unaware of the abuses of those without privilege. The fact that the author has such a wide range of knowledge and experience within this group is very interesting and enlightening for anyone who wants to know more about Scientology.
Going Clear is the obvious choice, which I listened to also by way of Audible. It's yet another enlightening viewpoint on Scientology and what it's like to become disillusioned enough to "blow".
Nope. Although I'm delighted by her work on King of Queens. Such a talent. Is there anything this woman can't do?
There are lots of chuckles in this book and Leah Remini does a fantastic job of narrating it. I was uncertain going into it that narrating would be her thing ... but boy howdy! She did a fantastic job! I laughed out loud at many moments throughout the book.
What I found admirable in Leah's telling of her story is that she is often self-deprecating with what sounded to be a real and raw humility. She IS raw, she's a tell-it-like-it-is kind of gal and this is so appealing that I really didn't want the book to end. Clearly, leaving Scientology after so many years is a gut-wrenching experience. I found myself relating to bits and pieces as I too, have left my religion. But our similarities are very few. She was subjected to so much abusive, childish behavior ... it's really unfathomable.
It's weird to feel such a sense of pride over someone I don't know at all ... but I am really proud of Leah for plowing through this thing up to this point. Clearly, one doesn't 'heal' overnight from having spent 30 years in a religion, but she's clearly taking steps to move forward every day, and as she puts it, learning to think in a new way.
I hope she writes another book 5 or 6 years from now as her journey progresses. We could learn much as this new world unfolds before her.
- Tracy "Matching socks is for newbs."