Brave (audiobook)

Read by Rose McGowan
6.9 hrs • 6 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 01/30/18
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 01/30/18 9781538480366
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 01/30/18 9781538480380
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A New York Times bestseller

A revealing memoir and empowering manifesto from one of the most provocative voices in Hollywood—90s “it” girl; star of the hit television show Charmed; indie cult icon; lead actress, musician; director; and feminist badass, Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood. Born and raised in the Italian chapter of the Children of God, which was led by her father, Rose escaped through a cornfield at night, moved to the states, ran away at thirteen, and landed in Portland, Oregon, where she lived on and off the streets. At fifteen she became emancipated from her parents and moved to Los Angeles where she was “discovered” on the street and became one of Hollywood’s most desired actresses overnight.

In a strange world where she was constantly on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. She escaped in the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into a relationship with mega-rock star Marilyn Manson. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hijacking her image and identity and marketing them for their profit.

Then Rose was sexually assaulted by a renowned Hollywood producer and threatened with professional ruin if she uttered a word. Rose was expected to be silent and cooperative. Instead, she was courageous. And angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.

Brave is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a star, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower women everywhere to wake up and be brave.

Review Quotes

“Much of Brave reads like the diary of a woman driven half-mad by abusive men who assume no one will listen to her. In this case, the truth was finally—and, for McGowan, triumphantly—exposed.”

New York Times Book Review

"Brave works beautifully as a manifesto. It’s a call to arms—not just against the specific men who mistreated McGowan and the men and women who enabled that mistreatment but against an industry.”

Boston Globe

“McGowan’s disturbing and captivating memoir is a scathing indictment of Hollywood, which she calls a ‘cult,’ as well as a riveting account of survival…A chapter titled ‘Cult of Thought’ is a call to action, promoting a new order in which women (and men) are valued for their creative differences. Frank and bold, this memoir is a resounding wakeup call to the entertainment industry and to society as a whole.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)