Handbook for an Unpredictable Life
- How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)
- Narrated by: Rosie Perez
- Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 25-02-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
Many in her circumstances would have been defined by these harrowing experiences, but with the intense determination that became her trademark, Rosie overcame the odds and made an incredible life for herself. She brings her journey vividly to life on each page of this memoir - from the vibrant streets of Brooklyn to her turbulent years in the Catholic home, and finally to film and TV sets and the LA and New York City hip-hop scenes of the 1980s and ‘90s.
More than a pause-resisting listen, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life is a story of survival. By turns heartbreaking and funny, it is ultimately the inspirational story of a woman who has found a hard-won place of strength and peace.
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By Rhonda Hill on 31-05-14
Had me hooked from page 1...
What made the experience of listening to Handbook for an Unpredictable Life the most enjoyable?
I loved the fact that Rosie narrated the book. Her giving expression and emotion where needed drew me in.
What did you like best about this story?
I loved Rosie's ability too grow from all of her tumultuous experiences. Her never giving up is inspiring.
Which scene was your favorite?
When she was with Lydia and then those times when she finally started to enjoy her father. (I was always rooting for him)
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me laugh, cry become angry and feel appalled, to only feel her love through out this story.
Any additional comments?
This is absolutely one of my very favorite books now. I have always been a fan of Rosie's, now I feel a connection to her... God bless America two times!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Delah on 02-10-14
This was a very informative memoir. I had no idea the things I learned about Rosie Perez's life. She came through some tough stuff. And the thing is, she came through, came out on top and is a successful independent woman doing her own thing now. Kudos to her. Her narration of the memoir shows what a good actress she is. She definitely brings her acting skills to the narration.
Note: Initially when I was listening to it I thought the part about her childhood in the Catholic school went a bit long but later I thought who am I to say that? First, this is her story, she is telling it her way and second, she went through that hell, who am I to minimize it and say this should be shortened?
4 of 4 people found this review helpful