Make Trouble (audiobook)

Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story

9.4 hrs • 8 CDs • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 04/03/18
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. 
- 04/03/18 9781508250784
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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A New York Times bestseller


“Richards offers practical advice and inspiration for aspiring leaders everywhere.”—Hillary Rodham Clinton

“An enthralling memoir.” —Booklist (starred review)

To Make Change, You Have to Make Trouble

From Cecile Richards—president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington, and a “heroine of the resistance” (Vogue)—comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women’s rights and social justice.

Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principal’s office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. She had an extraordinary childhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her civil rights attorney father and activist mother taught their kids to be troublemakers. In the Richards household, the “dinner table was never for eating—it was for sorting precinct lists.”

From the time Richards was a girl, she had a front-row seat to observe the rise of women in American politics. She watched her mother, Ann, transform from a housewife to an electrifying force in the Democratic party who made a name for herself as the straight-talking, truth-telling governor of Texas. But Richards also witnessed the pitfalls of public life that are unique to women. Her experiences paint a powerful portrait of the misogyny, sexism, fake news, and even the threat of violence confronting those who challenge authority.

As a young woman, Richards worked as a labor organizer alongside women earning minimum wage and learned that those in power don’t give it up without a fight. Now, after years of advocacy, resistance, and progressive leadership, she shares her story for the first time—from the joy and heartbreak of activism to the challenges of raising kids, having a life, and making change, all at the same time.

She shines a light on the people and lessons that have gotten her through good times and bad, and encourages readers to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way. Richards has dedicated her life to taking on injustice, and her memoir will inspire readers to hope and action.

Review Quotes

“Richards…delivers a terrific performance of her inspiring new memoir. While not a professional narrator, Richards is a practiced public speaker who reads with energy, enunciation, excellent pacing, and emotion as she tracks her career in rabble-rousing from its start at home in Waco, Texas…Richards began her own trouble-making career by getting kicked out of school for protesting the Vietnam War. What a ride it’s been since. Richards is fierce, funny, and pulls no punches, which will offend some and motivate many for whom this stirring audiobook will serve as a call to action. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


“Powerful and infinitely readable…Cecile takes the mystery out of activism…She is the best teacher on earth—someone you trust.”

Gloria Steinem, activist and #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Cecile Richards is my kind of troublemaker. When she sees inequality and injustice anywhere, she does something about it—with wit, wisdom, and courage…Make Trouble is exactly the book our country needs.”

Sheryl Sandberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Truly inspiring.”


“This memoir/feminist manifesto from Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards will inspire you to make waves and be brave.”


“Part autobiography, part handbook for the resistance, this inspiring tale of advocacy is a must-read for every Nasty Woman out there.”


“An intimate yet wide-ranging chronicle of a life in the trenches and at the pinnacle of her profession, Richards’ enthralling memoir will provide rousing motivation for anyone passionate about social and political causes.”

Booklist (starred review)

“The guidelines for starting any organization are spot-on: direct, down-to-earth, and highly practical…A memoir that makes palpable the immense influence of an organization that has improved so many women’s lives.”

Kirkus Reviews

“In this passionate self-portrait, activist Richards maps her road to success from union organizer to her tenure as president of Planned Parenthood, recalling the experiences that shaped her career…It serves as a call to action for women who are mobilizing to make a difference in government and health-care policies.”

Publishers Weekly

“For more than a decade, America has known Cecile Richards as the fierce and fearless president of Planned Parenthood. Make Trouble offers a window into her life…With humor, heart, and hope, Cecile Richards offers practical advice and inspiration for aspiring leaders everywhere.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton