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Book Discussion & Signing- In Conversation with Rosie Perez
May 9, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm| Free
Oscar-nominated actress and Emmy-nominated choreographer Rosie Perez is known for her effervescent personality and memorable roles in Do The Right Thing, White Men Can’t Jump, Fearless, and Pineapple Express. But most of her fans would be surprised to learn she had a childhood straight out of a Dickens novel. Abandoned by her schizophrenic mother shortly after her out-of-wedlock birth, she was raised by a loving aunt—whom she thought to be her mother—until she was about three. One fateful day, her mother showed up, took her from her aunt, and, without any explanation, sent her to live at a Catholic home for boys and girls. And there her troubles began….
HANDBOOK FOR AN UNPREDICTABLE LIFE: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair) is the unflinchingly honest story of Rosie’s life. Despite the trauma of her childhood, Rosie’s inimitable voice and bubbly demeanor make HANDBOOK a funny, raw, riveting and inspirational read.
“I didn’t really want to write about this story of mine, yet felt like it was a responsibility that I couldn’t avoid,” says Rosie. “I held back because I didn’t have the emotional strength to lay out the years of abuse for the entire world to see. But I’m now ready to share my journey, communicate how good it feels to no longer live in fear of what others may think, and move on.”