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Brave : cult member, runaway, captive, starlet, victim, sex symbol, justice seeker
2018
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Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Rose McGowan (Female), Actress, Activist, American,
Genre
NonFiction
Entertainment
Sociological
Topics
Actors
Celebrities
Abused women
Sexual harassment
Activists
Women's lives
Women's studies
Setting
Hollywood, California - West (U.S.)
Time Period
-- 20th-21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

In a strong and urgent voice, actor McGowan clearly conveys her anger at Hollywood's male culture and women's acquiescence to second-class status as underpaid, easily manipulated, and violently abused sex objects. McGowan, recently heralded as one of the "Silence Breakers" chosen as Time magazine's "2017 Person of the Year" and among the first to accuse movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, persuasively narrates her view of Hollywood not as an entertainment business, but as a propaganda powerhouse that primarily reinforces the norms of misogynist culture. Her blow-by-blow reenactment of her rape by Weinstein is full of ghastly details and very difficult to listen to-especially knowing it is McGowan herself who is reliving the experience. With McGowan as both writer and narrator, this audiobook forcefully connects readers, both women and men, to the #MeToo movement. A HarperOne hardcover. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p>"One of the greatest tricks that the patriarchy plays on women is to deliberately destabilize them, then use their instability as a reason to disbelieve them. 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..." --The New York Times Book Review</p> <p>"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."--The Boston Globe</p> <p>A revealing memoir and empowering manifesto - A voice for generations</p> <p>Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood.</p> <p>In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. 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 profit.</p> <p>Hollywood expected Rose to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. She reemerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.</p> <p>BRAVE is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto--a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, 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 people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.</p> <p>"My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same." -Rose McGowan</p>
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