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.

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  • Mark
    Sep 17, 2016


    I wanted to read this book to read about her poor treatment at the hands of Scientology and there is plenty of that in there but, to be honest, I got more from this book just about Leah herself.I have seen probably every King of Queens episode and I can take them or leave them. Not a s...

  • TL
    Jul 19, 2016


    “If there is one thing I can brag about and be proud of in my life, it’s my dedication to friendship. If I call you a friend, I mean it. You are now on par with being a family member. Friendships are not made overnight; it takes time, effort, and energy. For me, friendships a...

  • Britany
    Jun 30, 2016


    I was intrigued about Leah's story since she hit headlines when she left the "church" of Scientology. I finally got my hands on a copy- audio, and immediately fell in love with it. She is a very specific character and knows who she is to the point, that it was like she was sitting next...

  • Petra X
    Jun 27, 2016

    Petra X

    What I got from this book is the usual stuff about Scientology. No one writes anything good about it. It's all what a terrible scam and wicked cult it is that absolutely controlled their lives. And how the author (any author of these exposé books) was deluded for many years as were ...

  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    Jun 27, 2016

    Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

    “There is no shortage of people who would be willing to say “Leah can be an asshole”—my own mother can attest to that. And if I am all these things the church may claim, then isn’t it also accurate to say that in the end, thirty-plus years of dedication, milli...

  • Yodamom
    Jun 20, 2016


    4.5 eye opening stars !I wasn't a fan of her before I listened to this. I've never seen any of her shows. I'm not a TV watcher. When I ended her story I was her fan, not for her acting but for her mouth, her loud never cower attitude. She was beaten down emotionally, publicly, and she ...

  • Snotchocheez
    May 18, 2016


    A binge watch of the Hulu Originals series "The Path" with Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan (really weirdly excellent, almost worth getting Hulu for this series alone) reminds me I enjoyed the sheer inanity of Leah Remini's Scientology tell-all Troublemaker. If you have even the sligh...

  • Stephanie
    Apr 30, 2016


    An incredible story of Leah Remini's life and experiences with Scientology!I loved Leah Remini in King of Queens and was quite interested when I saw that she wrote a memoir in 2015. However, I didn't realize that she had been a Scientologist -- and I didn't have a clue about how insidi...

  • Jilly
    Mar 31, 2016


    When I realized that I had to read a biography for my reading challenge with the Machalo chicks this year, I was like, "No, please God, No!! I hate biographies! Just strike me down instead! Take my first born child!"Okay, maybe that was a little crazy. But, you know what's crazier? Sci...

  • Char
    Mar 11, 2016


    Having pretty much no idea of who Leah Remini is, I still enjoyed listening to this autobiography/scientology-bashing book, which she narrated herself.I am not a religious person, having soured on my Catholic upbringing during my teens. However, I still respect those that choose to bel...