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Troublemaker
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology | Leah Remini, Rebecca Paley
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 Scientologys causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success shed worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientologys 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 churchs 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 parishionersincluding members of her own familywere told to disconnect from her. Forever. Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Reminis 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 honestlyfrom an author unafraid of the consequences.From the Hardcover edition.
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kimmypete1
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Highly recommend if you have any interest in learning about Scientology from the inside. It‘s wild and horrifying, and even though they would disagree it‘s most definitely a cult.

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Eggbeater
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I came away from this book with the impression that I would like Leah Remini. "Belief and faith are great, but very few people have been led astray by thinking for themselves." I have to admire a person who came to that conclusion after having been indoctrinated into a religious cult as a child and for thirty years thereafter. People have no idea the kind of fortitude it takes to leave, let alone speak out publicly. She deserves credit.

MicrobeMom Her show exposing Scientology is also great. 2mo
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ElizaMarie
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OMG! I think Scientology is the scariest cult to me. It was such an eye-opening book. I am so glad I went down this rabbit hole!

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Listened to this on my way to “girls date“ where we went to an antique shop and I found these two beauties :)

DieAReader Great to hear u liked it!!🥳🥳 3mo
jb72 It‘s creepy driving through Clearwater where they have their fortress. Rumor is Hubbard is in one of the buildings. 3mo
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ElizaMarie
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jb72 I watch her on TikTok! She‘s passionate about being down the cult. 3mo
KristiAhlers This was sooo good. I read her book. And I watched her show and this woman is amazing and strong! Love her! 3mo
DieAReader I‘ve been thinking of picking this one back up. Had to set it down ‘cause I was way over saturated (was watching the show at the same time). I hope you enjoy it @ElizaMarie ☺️♥️ 3mo
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AmyK1 My family and I are watching the show now. Love her! 3mo
ElizaMarie @jb72 I can only imagine how good the TikTok's are. She narrated her own audiobook and just her no-nonsense attitude and authentic self was so great! 3mo
ElizaMarie @KristiAhlers I finished it yesterday and loved it!

@KristiAhlers , @AmyK1 and @DieAReader Are you talking about her sitcom or is there a documentary that I don't know about?
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ElizaMarie @DieAReader are you physically reading it or do you have it on Audio. The Audiobook one is read by her and its so good! 3mo
DieAReader @ElizaMarie She has a few documentary shows. I don‘t know if they air now but many streaming services have them available😉 3mo
DieAReader @ElizaMarie Although I only have the physical hard copy🤷🏻‍♀️ unfortunately. 3mo
ElizaMarie @DieAReader Ooo I will have to look them up! 3mo
KristiAhlers @ElizaMarie it‘s a show where she unpacks the Scientology thing. Interviews people who escaped. 3mo
ElizaMarie @KristiAhlers It sounds great! I will search my streaming sites for it :) 3mo
jb72 @ElizaMarie I haven‘t listened to her book yet. It is on my TBR. 3mo
KristiAhlers @ElizaMarie hope you find it. I think it‘s 2-3 seasons worth. Have Kleenex handy some of those stories are beyond heartbreaking 3mo
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I have never seen any of the shows she has done with regard to Scientology, so I went into this knowing very little about it. Wow is it problematic. It does make me want to know more in the watching a train wreck sort of way. I'm glad she was able to leave, but sad for the friends she lost because of it's principles.
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa I read this a few years ago, also went into it completely blind and had the same reaction. How is that not a cult! So good and so eye opening. 5mo
Cinfhen It‘s on my TBR!!! After listening to the book Cultish that references Scientology I‘m very interested to hear Leah Remini‘s story (edited) 5mo
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Chrissyreadit @Cinfhen I‘m listing to a podcast with that author- it‘s very interesting 5mo
tdrosebud @Cinfhen I'll have to look into Cultish 5mo
Cinfhen Amanda Montell is brilliant @Chrissyreadit @tdrosebud and she‘s SO YOUNG!! The audio was wonderful 5mo
Chrissyreadit @Cinfhen yes- I am impressed with her too- I binged Sounds Like a Cult through a few hours of cleaning yesterday. 5mo
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Been meaning to read this for a while, because Leah and her exit from Scientology spurred my interest in Scientology's policies and practices. I've learned a lot and none of it has changed my opinion about this so-called religion.

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I know I used this book last month, but it was the first book I thought of for the prompt. She spilled all the tea☕ and was brave enough to tell her truth even though she knew that it could have consequences for her and her family.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊🙌🏻📚 12mo
britt_brooke Loved hearing her perspective! 12mo
Eggs Well done 👏🏻📚🤗📖 12mo
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Tera66
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#Curiouscovers #Woman
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Happy Monday! It was a doozy for me!
This was the best audio book!

bibliobliss Good book 13mo
britt_brooke Loved hearing her insight from the celeb POV. Great read! 13mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I might have to give this a listen. 13mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks She‘s so pretty 💗💗 13mo
Eggs Well done👏🏻📚🙌🏻 13mo
Tera66 @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick This was a gateway to audiobooks for several of my coworkers. Her voice and how she tells the story is so good. 12mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I don't know how soon I'll get to it, but I've tagged it to my audio shelf in Libby. 12mo
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Overall Rating 4¼⭐ | Narration 😍 = Amazing

I think Scientology is so weird, and listening to this just strengthened that belief. Such an interesting story...really makes one look at Tom Cruise in a whole new way. It felt like she never really delved into the sex scandals surrounding Scientology...I wonder if that‘s because she never dealt with anything of that nature or if she just didn‘t want to go there?

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm so obsessed with her show. 13mo
marleed I‘m a year past reading this memoir and still think about it. I can‘t put Tom Cruise back in a bottle after reading this! 13mo
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Marni
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1. Yes, but not simultaneously. I will listen while I‘m driving or doing other things, but will read when I‘m able to sit and focus.

2. Audiobooks have gotten me through the pandemic. I couldn‘t focus enough to read, but I could listen whole crocheting or cleaning or playing mindless games on my phone. I was able to read so many books this way!!
I tagged my favorite audiobook
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TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 💚📖🎧 1y
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Charityann
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Enjoyed this one. This is my #doublespin book. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks 😊📚🎧

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Charityann
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Here‘s my #bookspin stuff! I‘m so late posting it, but have made a lot of progress, so more posts coming! 🤦🏻‍♀️😆📚 #doublespin #bookbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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KimberlyJuracich
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This is a book I instantly wanted to read. You have always heard weird things about Scientology. I love how she was open and raw with it. And the stuff in there is pretty crazy.

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Danay
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2020 #88 I found this subject matter very interesting. And she‘s spunky!

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IndoorDame
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This was my #bookspin title. It was interesting. I‘m glad I listened to it on audio because Leah‘s voice is so distinctive and I think it made a huge difference to actually hear her saying these things. This isn‘t my usual reading fare and, but I‘m giving it a pick because I learned things, and I found it credible. #readyourway #crushtherush #wintergames2020 #teamreadnosedreindeer

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
TheSpineView 👍📖😊🎄 2y
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Amandajoy
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Finished the tagged book today so that‘s it for November. #novemberwrapup

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Kaylamburson
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I'm glad I've finally taken the time to dive into this book as it's been of interest to me since its initial publication. I never understood how someone could get mixed up in this church, but Remini does a great job of breaking down the taught beliefs of the religion and what might feel appealing. It was fascinating to read of her experiences from childhood to when she left a few years ago, and I respect her so much for getting out and sharing.

KendallHershey I‘ve been diving in to this topic hard lately with her TV series released on Netflix and the podcast she‘s doing now called Fair Game. So fascinating and utterly inexplicable how they are considered an official religion. If the book is good too, I might as well stack it ☺️ 2y
Kaylamburson Def stack it! I'm curious how different it is from the show and the podcast or if it's all similar information. I didn't realize the show was more than just a quick documentary. I'm thinking of diving into it! @KendallHershey 2y
KendallHershey @Kaylamburson so far the show and the podcast cover similar topics, but they can be much more real about stuff on the podcast. I think they speak more plainly because they‘re not subject to TV broadcasting regulations. 2y
Kaylamburson Ohh that totally makes sense. I'm wondering if I should start with the podcast then. @KendallHershey 2y
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Finally working on Oct. 31 of my October Daily and finishing this up!

PaperbackPirate 😍 I‘m making my 1st October daily this year! Today I worked on the 27th. 🧡 2y
Texreader ❤️👍🏻 2y
rather_be_reading @PaperbackPirate this was my first one as well! 2y
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rather_be_reading @Texreader if you want to look at my album, look me up on @ deelocklair on instagram. i did individual photos 2y
Texreader @rather_be_reading I ❤️ it!! 2y
PaperbackPirate I just saw your album on Instagram! I love it! 2y
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K.Wielechowski
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This is a really interesting book! Remini talks about her life in the Church if Scientology and the events that lead to her leaving, the effects it had on her life and family, and how her life has changed in the years after her departure. I‘ve always liked Remini as an actress, now I like and respect her as a person. I finished the audio book in a day, couldn‘t stop listening to it!

marleed I felt the same way - it felt so honest. I think I‘m an SP from the get-go. 2y
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marleed
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I listened to the audiobook so Leah‘s voice would be part of my experience. She is a wonderful storyteller. Her truth, humor, frustration, anguish, anger, and love flowed through her story. I can‘t resolve with a belief where shunning my family is even a remote requirement so I guess I‘m an SP from the get-go.

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Leah Remini holds nothing back in this biography. Her upbringing in a Scientology family, to her time in the Sea Org, and her celebrity status in the Church of Scientology. She uncovers the corruption and sketchiness that is the church and all the people she saw hurt and destroyed along the way. Her experiences that would eventually lead her to leaving the church and beginning a quest to destroy it!
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CRR
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I‘ve had this one for a while but it didn‘t get of the shelf until now. I‘ve seen some of her tv shows documenting her experience and I read one other book on this topic too. Her story fits into the experience of so many others. I respect her courage to speak up and stand against the treatment she experienced personally and the mistreatment of others.

bibliobliss Love this book. Eye-opening for sure 2y
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Woodsangel
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I loved Leah‘s candor and sense of humor while listening to the audiobook. She is flawed, knows it and lets others see it. She‘s a human being. I‘ve seen her A&E show as well and it‘s very eye opening to something I‘ve already known was a cult to me.

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Audiobook. Read by the author. Was expecting more of an expose about Scientology, and her life as a Scientologist. Finished the book with more questions, unlike other religions I'm been curious about, too afraid to do an internet search. The Tom Cruise stuff was fascinating. Might have taken the long way in a few errands to finish that story. Also, I figured the stuff would have been true, otherwise, I imagine Tom would have prevented publishing

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I read this book because I wanted to hear her take on Scientology. Overall it was okay and I'm glad I read it l. Sometimes hard to follow the Scientology system.

Victoriahoperose If you‘re interested more in the history and implementation of Scientology there is another book called going clear which was very informative and infuriating! 3y
ChristinasBookChronicles Thanks Victoria, for the recommendation! 3y
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ChristinasBookChronicles
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As someone that recently moved from Clearwater, FL, I've always been interested in learning more about scientologists... especially when I was seated across the street, watching them walk by nonstop as I sip my coffee. Leah Remini's Troublemaker gave great insights to the everyday life of a scientologist and what intrigues one to join and stay with scientology. I enjoyed this read!

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eanderson
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After watching some of her show on a&e I had to put a hold on this audiobook! Enjoying listening to this while sitting outside on a beautiful Friday! 😎

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm obsessed with her show! 3y
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nelehelen
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3.5/5
Finished my 2nd audiobook for #BookFitnessChallenge! I‘m so glad I listened to this on audio instead of reading it. Funny and authentic, I enjoyed Leah Remini‘s narration. I appreciated her humor and honesty. I watched the HBO documentary as well as her own docu-series on A&E, so I am familiar with the crazy that is Scientology. But, it was interesting to hear more about her personal experience.

BookwormAHN Nice choice 👏🏻 3y
Read4life 2 books down. Nice job 💙 3y
Clwojick I've been intrigued about this one, so i'm glad to see you've enjoyed it. 💝 3y
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BeckyRoy
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Devoured this!!!

JSW It was so interesting! 3y
candority I just sent you an email. Please respond as soon as you have a chance! 7mo
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EmilieGR
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Scientology is always stranger than fiction

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt12 The penultimate book in this months #BookHaul is Leah Remini memoir about growing up in Scientology before getting out & becoming its most outspoken critic. I watched her on King Of Queens for years, now I watch her Aftermath show every week. She‘s so passionate about helping those that “church” abuses so badly, it breaks my heart to see what they‘ve gone through. I‘m sure this book will be filled with the same fire & attitude.

Suet624 I listened to the audio. It‘s a good one. 3y
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Redjewel_7734
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I really enjoyed this memoir. Remini does a great job of showing why she & her family were attracted to Scientology, how she came to see the ways it was failing her & others, the painful process of breaking away, & coming to terms with everything after. I enjoyed her brashness, her wit, & her heart. This is a great listen.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I really enjoyed this on audiobook too, and really learned a lot!! 3y
Redjewel_7734 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa So same! & she makes it a delight to listen to 😊 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Redjewel_7734 Yes, who knew she could make something so crazy a delight to listen to! 3y
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mom2bugnbee
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I love memoirs read by the author. And I find the study of cults fascinating.

⭐⭐⭐✨/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Patchshank I also find cults interesting. I really liked her TV series, but I only saw a few episodes. 3y
mom2bugnbee @Patchshank Yes, I want to check out her series as well. 3y
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mreads
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I've never watched King of Queens so you certainly don't need to be a Remini fan to enjoy this memoir about her experience in the Church Cult of Scientology. It's only about 7 hours on audio and having her read it, in that voice 😄, definitely adds to the enjoyment. And yes Scientology is 🍌🍌🍌

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Right! I never watched the show either, but I found this audiobook book excellent and agree bananas 🍌 3y
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Chazlyn
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For once I'm actually ahead in my yearly reading challenge!

By the way, Troublemaker is great as an audiobook!

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heyitsMacall
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Wow! This memoir was eye opening. Scientology is so mysterious but Leah Remini describes how people get started in it, what happens when they stay, and why it‘s hard to leave. I appreciate her candor and her narrating voice.

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Oh my God I'm obsessed with this book, and scientology and Leah Remini's life and strength. Though I knew some of her story before I wasn't aware of the particulars of her life in and after scientology. Leah grew up in the religion, poured her life into the organization and got to be very high up in the hierarchy. But her stubborn nature and the sudden disappearance of a friend make her question it all and leave. A revealing book.
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm so obsessed with her show! Scientology is nuts. Her show actually gives me nightmares. I'm not sure why. Probably because it's real life. 3y
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britt_brooke I wish I‘d gone with audio for this one, but it was great in print as well. Love her! 4y
Heatherfeather @britt_brooke the audio was great!! 4y
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Allthebookclubs
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Another book club choice. This one I started reading but then switched to audible. Leah reads it herself and really gives it life.

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BookwormDownUnder
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Funny, authentic, frightening! Listening to her read it was probably way funnier and insightful than reading it would have been.

Lea Agreed. I enjoyed the audio in her voice so much. 4y
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sophierayton
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Great job Leah! Well done for getting yourself and your family out of Scientology and going on to tell your story. This book is funny but touching and also very 'real'. Best wishes to you in your future.

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Lauren_reading
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I enjoyed this book more than I expected. Especially when Remini talks about how crazy Tom Cruise is because I totally believe every bit of it! Very interesting as I haven‘t watched her show and I didn‘t know much about Scientology. #audiobook

mdemanatee I listened to this earlier this year and then listened to Going Clear because I wanted to know more about the history of Scientology and what they believe. And watched her show. It‘s all a fascinating rabbit hole! 4y
tracey38 This sounds interesting. I watched her Scientology show where she showed some of what happens and it's really freaky stuff! 4y
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I‘m at the good part where she‘s talking about how CRAZY Tom Cruise is. Based off interviews I‘ve seen from him, I believe every bit of it. This book is hilarious and disturbing all at the same time. #loveit

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Her show is really good too. This "religion" is so messed up. 4y
LibLib @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego yeah I love her show! So funny and authentic. But yep, I feel Scientology falls under the cult realm. I can‘t imagine a group forcing you to break all ties with friends if they decide to leave. Heartbreaking. 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @LibLib I don't know why, but the show actually gives me nightmares. I think maybe cuz it's real life horror, and I can see how desperate people can get sucked in. Looking forward to new season. Hopefully Leah is able to effect some real change & consequences. 4y
LibLib @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego wait...I don‘t know if we‘re talking about the same show. I just know her from King of Queens...which one are you referring to? I may need to check it out.... 4y
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Starting out day 2 of #24B4Monday with this one. I love Leah Remini. So I'm excited to dig into this one. I'm starting day two with 1:15. My goal is to get to 14 hours by the end of the day.

BeansPage Good goal 👍🏻 4y
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kidamy
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Good morning, Litsy! Time for a bowl of way-too-much steel cut oats, big cup of coffee, and a serious book by a funny lady.

TheBookKeepers Yes to all this!! 4y
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Roxanagomez

I have always loved Leah‘s fire and she didn‘t disappoint in this tell-all. Before this book I had no idea of the inner workings of the Church of Scientology. This prompted me to look further into it and do some outside research. Mind blowing!

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OrangeMooseReads
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Got a bunch of reading done today while getting this done.

Beckys_Books That's fabulous! 4y
tessavi Nice! 4y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage So beautiful!! 4y
tammysue Love it!! 4y
BookwormAHN Lovely 💙 4y
CoffeeNBooks That's awesome! 4y
readordierachel It looks fantastic!! 4y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Started this the other night because ‘Bring the Jubilee‘ was boring. I might go back to that one, but it will be a while. Finding ‘Troublemaker‘ interesting. I know this book is going to open a rabbit hole and I‘m fine and dandy with that 😁

Slajaunie I love her! This sounds like an interesting read. 4y
OrangeMooseReads It is interesting, I would recommend it. 4y
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Victoriahoperose
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I loved this book. I don‘t even think I have the ability to put into words all of the feelings I had after finishing. I really admire Leah Remini for her honesty and the way she deals with this hard topic. She is unafraid and not willing to let anything bring her down.

IamIamIam It was quite an eye opener into a very strange situation!!!! This was also my first audiobook and it opened the flood gates! 😄 4y
Jess7 I loved this book! 4y
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