Narrator: Leah Rimini
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
Published by Ballantine Books on November 3rd 2015
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 thirty-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, 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.
Troublemaker wasn’t on radar until I began watching Leah Rimini’s show on Scientology. I am completely hooked on this show and it got me interested in reading her book. The show tells other people’s stories but I wanted to know Leah’s story.
Leah comes across on the show as someone who speaks her mind rather you like it or not and she will not back down. Her book was very much the same. I absolutely loved that.
What I really liked about this book was that she wasn’t afraid to hang up her dirty laundry. She wanted to be the one to tell her readers and fans that she’s done this or that because she knew the church of Scientology would eventually dig it up and hang it out to dry.
Everything I have learned about scientology, I learned through Leah’s show on A&E so I had a basic understanding but I didn’t know her story of how she became involved in the religion of Scientology. I was shocked to hear a lot of her story, all the reports, the things you can and can’t do and most importantly ALL THE MONEY that you have to spend to be scientology.
After listening to Troublemaker and watching the show, I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that people spend so much money on this religion and how they can just “disconnect” from their family. It was totally eye opening to read Leah’s perspective and to also hear all these other stories she’s been sharing through her show.
Troublemaker and her show have peeked my interest in Scientology not to become a scientologist but to find other people’s stories. I mean if you have so many people telling similar stories, they all can’t be wrong right?
If you’ve watched Leah’s show or even know her from the King of Queens I would totally read this. I’d recommend the audiobook, because I enjoy Leah narrating her own story. I also recommend you watch her show. It is totally mind blowing and it’s totally crazy to think people have gone through this because of a religion.