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....
©2015 Leah Remini (P)2015 Random House Audio
Mom who enjoys history, mysteries and emotional dramas.
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!
Just got finished with this and I'm SUPER disappointed. I've so enjoyed listening to Leah over these past few days and will miss her. Her narrative style is warm, relatable, and funny. This is a story that needed to be told and, if you're at all curious about Scientology, you'll enjoy reading it. It feels honest and genuine. Loved it. Love her. Wish it were longer.
If I can program to it... I'll listen to it.
I initially hesitated on purchasing this book because, although I am fascinated by Scientology I generally listen to a drier sort of non-fiction and I'm not really into sit-com stars or celebrity. BUT... I ended up LOVING this book and Remini's narration.
It was so refreshing to experience an entirely personal narrative on this subject that I could not stop listening and blew through it in two days. Her storytelling and performance are both superb and, at times, hilarious - while listening to her account of adjusting to motherhood I was riding the bus home and had such a hard time suppressing my laughter that I ended up crying.
Definitely an impressive listen. Remini's story of perseverance in such a WTF-worthy situation is both inspiring and enjoyable.
I listen to a lot of audio books and this is definitely one of my favorites! Leah's delivery of the story is highly entertaining- it kept my attention the entire time. I had low expectations of this book because I'm usually not into celebrity memoirs, but this exceeded my expectations. Bravo Leah!!!
...you get the weird feeling that the city's electrical power is generated from everyone buried there.
I am surprising myself by saying this, but I think it's at number 1. I enjoyed this listen immensely.
I don't think I have another book to compare it to.
This book made me laugh and cry several times. It is such a complex and touching book read beautifully by the author. I really loved it.
I am already starting my second listen. I am now a big Leah Remini fan and I really didn't know anything about her before I read this book. She's an incredibly strong, smart, and emotional woman. Not to mention she's hilarious. I highly recommend this book. It was a joy to hear her read it.
Matching socks is for newbs.
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.
Mom of 2 boys ... originally from Brooklyn, NY now living in beautiful Nevada!
None... its a one of a kind!
Her describing the 1st week home after having her daughter was so relatible and hysterical!
when she described her being thrown overboard as a teen by the Scientology person because she didnt address him as SIR
I loved Leah before but now I love her even more. Shes so real and unapologic for it !!!
Light & Love
I chose a rating of five stars across-the-board for overall, performance, and story. I would recommend the story to anyone that has went through a struggle in their life. I struggle so deep that it rocks your whole world and everything you stood for as well as believed. It explains the inside world of Scientology which is over and more than I think anyone could imagine it to be. It is so sad what happens to these people, in fact it is as sad or rather so sad that it is comparable to the stories of the lost boys that were shunned by the cult polygamous leader Warren Jeffs. Leah Remini does a great job making the reader or listener feel her honesty and truth. Her heart and genuineness is overwhelming, making you instantly fall in love with her. You can tell that she didn't write this story to claim fame, she wrote this story because she had to; on so many more levels than I think anyone will ever know. It was absolutely one of the most beautiful and touching stories I have ever read!
This is an amazing story. I didn't know much about Scientology before this book. Things that came across would be space ships, litigation and Tom Cruise. I didn't know much about Leah Remini either. This is an insightful book. She gives the story of the world of Scientology as she grew up in it. It is critical, but she also gives a sense of how much she respects the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard and how hurt she is by the actions of the higher-ups within the institution. Incredibly interesting.
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