Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling

Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling

by Rosie Perez

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ISBN-13: 9780307952400
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 506,698
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

ROSIE PEREZ is an 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.

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Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This memoir is captivating, gut wrenching and honest.She puts all of her current emotions and thoughts on any particular event , subject or person on the pages of  this book.It's also very obvious that she had under gone some type of therapy to recall her early years! That shows you she put time and effort into this memoir and it's something  I do respect.  Her  She tells her story like you're old friends and draws you completely into her world!  I did enjoy reading this book. Be sure to take breaks because some of instances can exhuast you  as you try to keep up. She's: vulnerable, real, honest,shy, hot headed and funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me just start by saying that I hate to read, and I was looking for a book that would captivate me and not put me to sleep, I saw Rosie on Wendy Williams talking about her book and I've always loved her so I decided to get her book, can I just say that I was hooked from the begining to the end. This book book took me an such an emotional rollercoaster good and sad, I'm also from Willamsburg, Brooklyn and remember very vividly alot of the things she described in her book about the neighhoods and just how things were back in the day, I laughed so much and I felt like she was describing so many things that I felt and went thru back in BK myself. As a fellow nuyorican/brooklynite, I'm so proud of her, even though I have never meet her in person as weird as it sounds I've always felt a deep connection to her and now I know way. I want to thank her for always keeping it real and representing BK to the fullest, she really is a survivor, anybody else would have given up on life and she stayed with it and became the great pride of brooklyn that she is today. Much love Roise ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great quick read. Page turner ,highly recommended. If u love the real it a must read!!!Rosie did a fabulous job here. 6 stars
Susiej9496 More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished this book, but the moment I started to read the first few pages I knew I had to purchase it, and it's because I don't feel like I'm reading it but instead I feel as if she's reading it to me. I can't believe that in a catholic home the nuns are so mean? Really it breaks my heart to know that at such a young age she had to go thru all this. I admire you so much Rosie Perez and I'm so proud of how far you have come. I can't wait to get to the part where you start living your dreams babygirl.
Cycy09 More than 1 year ago
I Didn't Really Know Much About Rosie Perez Before Reading Her Book. All I Knew Was The Basics. I Knew She's An Actress And I Knew She Was The Choreogrpher On In Living Color But Other Then That, That Was It. What Made Me Decide To Get Her Book Was That I Saw Her On An Interview With Angie Martinez For Hot.97 And She Was Talking About Some Of The Subject Matter In Her Book And Some Of The Details. I Became Intrested And Thought I'd Give It A Try. I Have To Say That I Was Pleasently Surprised About How Candid She Was And How Open And Honest A Lot Of Her Stories Was! I think People Should Give Her Book A Try! Especially For All Those Latinos Out Their Who Know Who She Is. What She Goes Through And The Pain She Endures Was Crazy And Heartbreaking, But I Totally Respect Her And I Think She's A Great Role Model And Someone To Look Up To. Hey If She Made It, Anyone Can Make It!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing story.  I love a story I cannot put down, but I do have to admit that you will be putting this  book down due to intense emotional moments.  You will laugh, cry, get mad, but most of all fall in love with a little girl who turned into an amazing woman.  I am so Rosie has chosen to share her story with the world and I hope she writes another book.  Keep up the great, Rosie!
jme88 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in only two days.  Perez a great way of incorporating her beautiful personality, humor and wit into a heartbreaking story of growing up as a ward of the state.  I am a foster care social worker, and reading this book gave me new insight into the adversity facing children in protective custody and the resiliency and strength it takes to move past it all.  Thank you Ms. Perez for sharing your stoy. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down! Ive fallen in love with Rosie even more. Wow!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Rosie Perez ever since her debut in Do the Right Thing. She is a great talent and this book proves she is not just a pretty face to look at, but a strong woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a sad story of abuse and neglect. Thank you for sharing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made me sad, laugh & cry. Must read!
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
Just loved this book, I always liked Rosie Perez but after reading her story I REALLY love and admire her, such courage, the cruelty of the Catholic Nuns broke my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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I enjoyed reading about Rosie's life. She came from nothing & worked all of her life to get to where she is today ... she deserves more than 5 stars......
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Excellent Read!!!! I love Rosie Perez. This book was raw and uncut! Being a fellow "Boricua" I could relate to alot of things in this book. She didnt hold back on any details and kept it all the way real. I was inspired by her perserverance and strength. The only downside to the book is she didnt go into much detail about her first marriage. Other than that I would definitely reccomend this book. Such a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i couldnt put it down!!! Its beyond an amazing book, had tears in my eyes. She is an amazing person with an even more amazing outcome
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Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! I didn't really know who Rosie Perez was until I saw her on the Wendy Show, and then decided to get the book because I liked her personality. I was captivated from beginning to end!! It takes a lot to draw me into a book, but this one definitely did it, with her writing style, the stories, and ultimately her journey. I felt connections to the characters she wrote about, and didn't want the book to end. Definitely a fantastic read.
Forensicbronxnurse More than 1 year ago
Amazing book, detailed, honest, funny and powerful. I highly recommend this for all young girls to read. Rosie you are wonderful and so talented, keep up the great work