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Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

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Leah Remini

7 Hours 9 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

November 2015

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An eye-opening, no-holds-barred memoir about life in the Church of Scientology by 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

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  • Meredith S.

    I loved this book!!! Liberating!

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  • Nick H.

    Great book to listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Wow never thought the church was like that ! She is a amazing woman and I was wondering if we ever found out what actually did happened to Shelly ? I hope she writes more on the subject

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  • Anna Y.

    I loved everything about this book! It was brave, funny, and just an intriguing story -- one that I had only heard snippets of before so it was great to get the whole story from the woman who lived it. Leah Remini does a great job narrating it as well - like a friend telling you her story. Highly recommend!

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  • Toni B

    Great Leah Remini

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  • Brooke A

    The sound was low in my car but LOVE Leah Remini and this book! I?t wouldn’t be the same without her narration.

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  • Jennifer D

    Bold, brave, funny and an excellent read! Kudos to Leah Remini for being brave enough to tell her story! Also, I've lost all respect for Sharon Osborne. What a self centered woman!

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  • Alesha M

    Don't normally like audio books because of how boring the narration is. This was the best audio book I've heard. I feel she is telling me in a conversation between us her story.

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  • Tasya B

    Loved it. Love everything Scientology. Smart woman, making a difference

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  • Wendy S

    Leah is amazing. I love love love this book. way to overcome a SUPPRESSIVE organization. she is strong and a wonderful human being.

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