Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

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Random House, Inc.
#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

Baker & Taylor
The former "King of Queens" star recounts her life, her success in Hollywood, and her time with the Church of Scientology.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101886960
Branch Call Number: 92 R284t 2015
Characteristics: xiv, 234 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Paley, Rebecca


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Jul 30, 2018

A real eye opener to the world of scientology, and the financial ruin it puts regular hard working people through. It's very well written and even has funny parts in it such as her experience as a new mom.

Jul 09, 2018

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Feb 04, 2018

I enjoyed hearing the celebrity side of Scientology but I found the book was lacking a lot of detail about her life in Scientology.. I have read other biography's about people leaving Scientology and unfortunately I did not enjoy this one as much.

Cynthia_N Sep 20, 2017

I enjoyed reading Leah's story. This book covers quite a bit but does seem to focus on her Scientology life which is not surprising since it was such a big part of her life. She does seem a little bitter but I would be too if I donated millions of dollars to a church and then was cast out! It does have her trademark attitude!!

Aug 30, 2017

I read through chapter 4 and was disgusted with the language/profanity. It's going back to the library. It's a piece of trash.

Aug 02, 2017

What I knew about Leah Remini before reading this book could be counted on 3 fingers. Now I know a lot more. Whether I care is a bigger question. I was interested in understanding Scientology and her break with it and, while I definitely understood it through most of the book, it fell apart for me when she told the story of her break from the "church". I got very confused trying to understand who did what to who and why and how this disillusionment led to her severing ties. In truth, almost every time I read anything about Scientology I wind up a bit lost and confused. It took a lot longer for that to happen in this book but happen it did. Not a bad book but certainly not a must-read of any category of reader I can imagine.

Jun 10, 2017

I devoured this book in two evenings, only stopping to eat for survival and to pee. Leah Remini writes with complete honesty about herself and the secret world of Scientology. The only thing I knew about the religion is that the outside world views it as a cult and Tom Cruise is their poster child. Even as Remini explains the complexities of the different branches of Scientology, the never ending ladder climbing and thousands of policies, I still ended up lost and confused which only added to my astonishment. I was left amazed by how Scientology consumes a person’s life and their bank account.

If exploring the inner workings of a cult wasn’t intriguing enough, there is plenty of celebrity name dropping and juicy insider knowledge of the Hollywood side of Scientology. Katie Holmes, Kirstie Alley and Jennifer Lopez, oh my! If Maverick jumping on Oprah’s couch left you with a yearning for more crazy, well there are more helpings of CTC (Crazy Tom Cruise) for your entertainment.

This an easy read, on a not so easy subject.

May 08, 2017

Fascinating, insightful, well-written. A work that will have a huge impact on anyone who may be involved with overbearing organizations that strip away one's time, money, education opportunities, and support network, leaving the exhausted victim vulnerable to the lies.

Mar 09, 2017

A must read if you haven't seen her show "The Aftermath" on A & E!! Excellent documentary & a must see as well!!! After watching & reading about Scientology..... I cant understand how David Miscaviage can get away with what he does & I think Tom Cruise is just as sick as he is!!! This book was well written... it made me laugh ALOT & I love her honesty!! If you weren't a fan of Leah's before.... I think this book may change your mind... :-) I wish Leah....Mike Rinder & whomever else is involved with revealing the truths about this "cult" nothing but success & safety. For DM & Tom Cruise...they should both be put in jail for life but not before they make them stand in dirty garbage cans for days with no rest & with signs around there necks....."we like to torture ppl" or lick urine off public bathroom floors(punishment in Scientolgy) & I can't mention what else they deserve or I could get myself in trouble here.... ;-) Waiting anxiously for the 2nd part of her documentary "The Aftermath of Scientology" (A&E) & hope she writes another book.... :-)

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Feb 20, 2017

This had been on my "to read" list for years, after watching her A&E series, I finally read it! This is a perfect companion piece to "Going Clear....." because it's such a personal story. Leah was brought to Scientology by her Mother as a youngster. She and her sister were indoctrinated in their early teens and it seemed a dream come true. She speaks candidly about the faith and why it could be helpful to some people. She really takes umbrage when another celebrity (T. Cruise--we're talking to YOU!) had "taken over her religion". This is when the blinders come off and she sees everything with new eyes. Her family left with her, so that in and of itself is a happy ending. I'd expect her next book to be about the process of re-integrating into "regular" society.

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May 10, 2017

"In Scientology you are told to stay away from the Internet or other forms of media or intelligence that might be against Scientology. I broke away from this long-held rule and looked at hundreds of stories about my church and just sat there and cried. Not just for me, but for the many who believed in something that they thought was bigger than themselves and dedicated their whole lives to sustaining it. How could I have been blind to the stories that the rest of the world knew? Scientologists are hardworking, dedicated, and caring people albeit misinformed people, and I was no exception. The reason for their blind faith lies in their core belief that they alone have the answers to eradicate the ills of humanity. You run back to the safety of the group that shares your mentality, and in this way your world becomes very insular." (p. 182)

May 08, 2017

"What I have slowly come to realize, and often still have to remind myself of, is this: There is no 'right' way to be. I am flawed and imperfect, but am uniquely me. I don't fit in and probably never will. And I don't have to try to anymore. That other person was a lie. And let's face it, normal is boring. We all have something to offer the world in some way, but by not being our authentic selves, we are robbing the world of something different, something special." (p. 170)

May 08, 2017

"Scientologists are often prepared to respond with what's called dead agenting -- a method of shutting down any criticism of the church by disproving the veracity of the source of information. A common dead agenting strategy is to sidestep any questions from outsiders that could hurt the church, and focus instead on exposing supposed lies the source told or attempt to undermine his or her credibility with ad hominem attacks. / We learned to first ask questions like "Do you still beat your wife?" Then offer only partial truths in response to their questions, and finally, try and deflect by referring to positive things the church has done." (p. 157-158)

May 08, 2017

"When it came to talking about my role and required activities in the church, I would often lie to people. When a non-Scientologist girlfriend asked me how things were going with Angelo, I never admitted to the usual marital problems that couples have, because that would have been revealing something less than the perfect image demanded of Scientologists. The list of workarounds to keep up appearances goes on and on. / Being a Scientologist was like having a double life." (p. 155)

May 08, 2017

"The (auditing) process could produce a great sense of cathartic relief. Here was a problem I wasn't been aware of, that I may have created for myself, and after much back-and-forth, I was able to overcome that problem. / So while in session, I would feel the euphoria of self-discovery and growth, back in the real world I was still angry, depressed, and judgmental.... What I didn't realize at the time was that all the understanding I gained through auditing only related back to my life in the church and helped me to be a Scientologist. My 'gains' in Scientology were not relating to the real world. I was so entrenched in the church that it had become my everything. I couldn't question that." (p. 75)


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