- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (September 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101886986
- ISBN-13: 978-1101886984
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,837 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology Paperback – September 20, 2016
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“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
About the Author
Leah Remini is an actor, producer, and writer. A fixture on television since the age of eighteen, Remini is best known for her beloved role of Carrie on the nine-season hit The King of Queens. Remini went on to produce and star in one of the earliest and most successful comedic web series, In the Motherhood, and appeared in the movie Old School alongside Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn. In 2010, Remini helped launch and co-hosted the first season of the CBS daytime hit show The Talk, and in 2013 she was seen on the dance floor in Dancing with the Stars. She currently co-stars in the TV Land comedy The Exes and TLC’s reality show Leah Remini: It’s All Relative, which she also created and executive produces. Remini finds great joy in her philanthropic work with numerous and diverse military, women’s, and children’s charities. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a very quick read and it starts off right away by jumping into the issue of Scientology, so, if that is the reason why you are picking up the book, I recommend it for that aspect. I think that it is also useful to get the perspective of someone who is brought into Scientology through their family and it discusses how the appeal of the organization somewhat lured her mother into the organization and kept her persisting in it as an adult. It’s actually a really good insight/manual into understanding psychological aspect of cults, even if it is unintentional, it provides a personal aspect to one’s reflection on the process.
It actually kind of highlights an abusive relationship with the organization, one in which a person stays even when it’s clear it might not be the healthiest relationship. Think riding a boat to the middle of nowhere and getting dumped in the water. However, these things are told in personal narratives, which Leah at no point is trying to label or, but just tell a story. At the same time, there are a lot of rewards that are highlighted for being a member of Scientology, especially in terms of networking within the Hollywood circles.Read more ›
I could not wait for this book to come out because I'm fascinated by the attraction to the cult of Scientology. I'm not anti-religion - except for religion that undermines individualism and self-empowerment.
Leah really holds nothing back in this book, she writes like she talks, funny and brash but not an obnoxious way.
I read a-lot of books (via NetGalley!) and it's rare that there is a book I LOOK FORWARD to its release. I can't remember a night I awoke at 1am and gleefully checked my Kindle to see if her book was there. I've been speedreading and though I'm not done yet, if you're wondering: should I buy this? YES. It really does live up to the hype.
Totally engaging, entertaining, fascinating -not just about Scientology, but about life in Hollywood.
Leah doesn't come across as playing a Victim (which is so rare these days!) - instead, she's more of a warrior; seeking to warn and protect and educate.
PS - I just realized the co-author is Rebecca Paley. She also co-authored one of my other favorite books "I'll Drink To That" with Betty Halbreich. Ms. Halbreich came from a very wealthy family, married into wealth, got divorced, and got a job on the sales floor at Bergdorfs. For me, it was an inspiring story of realizing that life is what you make of it not what titles or money makes of you. Just wanted to give "props" to Ms. Paley for this book too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such an interesting and heartfelt read. I read this book in one sitting. Woman's got grit - love her & her honesty.Published 2 hours ago by SJ
I was drawn in immediately. Leah, I hope and pray your life blooms brighter than you could have ever thought possible. I love your transparency, your passion and your truth. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by M Rogers
Excellent,informative,entertaining book. Loved having movie stars mentioned by name. Sadly, I believe this is a true narrative and I feel sorry for those still in this cult.Published 4 hours ago by Norman F
I couldn't put this book down! I have watched the entire series on TV, and the book gives much more insight into her entire life in Scientology from a very young age to the present... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Buckeye Gal
If your religion teaches you to hate or hate yourself, it's time to find a new one! Enjoyable! Well worth reading!Published 10 hours ago by grrl_from_nj
i couldnt put it down. very informative. Leah paints herself as the neighbor next door. i have read other books by those that left high levels of Scientology and the stories are... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Interested reader
Amazing story and Amazing story telling! Leah should write more books. Loved the book and hope she continues to shine a light on this awful Cult that is destroying people!Published 11 hours ago by Michael
This book was so good I couldn't put it down. Words that come to mind about Scientology: corrupt,harmful,horrifying,startling. Never once is this cult brought to task. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Doria Alberg