September 3, 2014

MEMOIR WEEK: HANDBOOK FOR AN UNPREDICTABLE LIFE: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair) by Rosie Perez

   
It's Memoir Week here at The Latina Book Club. Do let us know which memoirs/biographies you would add to our list. Happy Reading.

And join us in congratulating Rosie on joining ABC's The View!

 
 
Rosie Perez is best known for her accent, her hair and her humor.  She is also a well-known actress, dancer, choreographer, director and activist.  Her humor is her trademark so it comes as a shock to learn that this wonderful funny woman can laugh after enduring such a cruel childhood. 

In her HANDBOOK FOR AN UNPREDICTABLE LIFE, Rosie opens a vein and let us into her life – the good, the bad and the very ugly.  From her days in a Brooklyn foster home to being abandoned by her crazy mother to being shuffled among relatives to being discovered by Spike Lee to dancing on Soul Train (How I envy her!) to choreographing for Janet Jackson and Bobby Brown to working with Jennifer Lopez and the Fly Girls to being nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for her role in Fearless.

Readers will be amazed at Rosie’s bravery, courage and strength as she survives against tremendous odds both at home and in Hollywood.  And, they will rejoice as Rosie comes to terms with her past and makes a grand life for herself.

Rosie is the first to admit that her childhood was a nightmare, and that having to write about it was difficult, which was why it took her 18 months to finish.  But her tale had to be told, and hopefully other children/teens/adults who have also been abused will also find the power within to survive and thrive. ###


Check out Rosie’s interview with On Purpose Magazine, by clicking here.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Rosie Perez is a Puerto Rican Oscar-nominated actress, whose credits include Do the Right Thing, White Men Can't Jump, Fearless, and The Counselor. She is the Artistic Chair of Urban Arts Partnership and sits on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.