#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
I really loved reading a book from the perspective of a person who grew up somewhat similar to how I grew up. I lived in tents, shelters, I did without many things, and I always knew as a kid, the difference between myself and others. I got divorced several years ago and sold everything I owned to hire my daughter a lawyer so I could go to court with her dad and move to a state where she would get services for her special needs. We sat on end tables at dinner to eat. We visited food banks. I have hid from policeman to avoid fines. I have avoided answering my door so I would not be served with lawsuit papers. I have obtained loans based on complete and total lies of collateral that I did not have. Because I needed to get by. I remember crying myself to sleep at night wondering where I would be a year from then. Now I am going to become a registered nurse! I live where I always wanted. Your story is OUR story. I loved reading it, Honestly I’m not religious but given my life history it really makes sense why your mother chose the path she did as a single mom. I relate with her. Being on a new path with children, it’s overwhelming, daunting. You are doing a great thing. Keep speaking out. Everyone I know personally, they know your story and they tell it. So keep telling it!55
I found the book very interesting and informative. The treatment of Scientology members is deplorable. Leah you’re both courageous and passionate about everything that you have been doing, including your series about Scientology. Thank you for sharing your experiences and personal battles, along with other people’s. I love watching King of Queens, it’s quite humorous. Good wishes in whatever you do in the future. Aaron45
Troublemaker was a really interesting recounting of Leah’s experiences with Scientology. I really enjoyed listening to this book. I had both the ebook and audiobook, but I loved hearing the story through Leah’s own voice and ended up listening to the whole thing on audio. “There is no “right” way to be. I am flawed and imperfect, but am uniquely me.” -4.5 Stars!-55
I didn’t want to put it down and I was begging for more at the end. I watched Leah’s show first and was truly appalled at the atrocities committed by this organization. I was moved to read her story. Although I knew a lot of Leah’s story from her show, I was still consistently engaged. Leah is a force to be reckoned with. By the end of the book I was all at once devastated by the stories told and wishing to have Leah as my best friend.55
I had no clue how how this organization worked just can’t believe these things happened this day I enjoyed the book and learned a lot I say good for you girl it toke some guts I recommend this book55
What a great read. Couldn’t put it down. What a courageous woman to leave the cult and warn others about it.55
I have read a number of books about Scientology. This is the only one that made me understand how a person could believe in it. That’s important because the previous books just made me think the author wasn’t intelligent or was seriously naive. Thanks Leah!! Always been a fan. Wish you all the best.55
The length of time the author was in this cult, I thought she would be able to provide a little more detail regarding their occulted practices.35
Loved this book! Love Leah Remini for her insight and honesty. I admire you so much more now! Keep it up! I love you for what you’re doing!55
Nothing else to say.55