Troublemaker by Leah Remini
Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

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Remini is one of the few who have experienced the cultlike world of Scientology from a variety of vantage points...Inside reports like this don’t come around often, and they’re worth reading when they do.
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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
 

About Leah Remini

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LEAH REMINI is best known for her role of Carrie on CBS’s The King of Queens. In 2010, she helped launch/co-host the 1st season of CBS’s The Talk, and in 2013 she appeared on Dancing with the Stars. She currently co-stars in TV Land’s The Exes and TLC’s Leah Remini: It’s All Relative. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.


Author Residence: Los Angeles


Author Hometown: Brooklyn and Los Angeles
 
Published November 3, 2015 by Ballantine Books. 279 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Entertainment Weekly

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on Nov 04 2015

Remini is one of the few who have experienced the cultlike world of Scientology from a variety of vantage points...Inside reports like this don’t come around often, and they’re worth reading when they do.

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Reviewed by Frank Valish on Dec 22 2015

Troublemaker is a brave book. It is candid. Remini does not hold back, although one sense that the depth of herknowledge vastly exceeds what she's able to include here

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Reviewed by Felicia S on Feb 10 2016

Troublemaker was a few things: fun, blunt, straight t0-the-point, and overall an interesting look into Leah’s life!

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Reviewed by Kari on Dec 20 2015

I was a fan of The King of Queens, but now I love the show even more. I highly recommend this book.

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on Jan 28 2016

Remini comes across as open and honest and her success seems to have come in spite of, not because of, the church, which she portrays in a very poor light.

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Lectus cn 24 Nov 2015

I'll be damned Leah! You didn't even go to acting school? I loved her in King of Queens and I also watch The Exes, but that in no way clouds my judgement of appreciating how damn good this book is....

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