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Handbook for an Unpredictable Life

How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (With Great Hair)

by Rosie Perez

Paperback, 322 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $16 |

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Handbook for an Unpredictable Life
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How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (With Great Hair)
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Rosie Perez

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Handbook for an Unpredictable Life
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How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (With Great Hair)
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Rosie Perez

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The actress shares the story of her disadvantaged childhood and her successes in and out of the Hollywood limelight, tracing her relationship with the schizophrenic mother who relinquished her to a Catholic orphanage and the fierce sense of independence that inspired her career.

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Rosie Perez: 'I Refused The Limitations That Were Set Upon Me'

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