Brave

Brave

Cult Member, Runaway, Captive, Starlet, Victim, Sex Symbol, Justice Seeker

Book - 2018
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"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

"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

A revealing memoir and empowering manifesto - A voice for generations

Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood.

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.

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.

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.

"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

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062655981
0062655981
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 MCGOWAN
Characteristics: xiv, 251 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Brave

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Dolly9433
Jul 29, 2018

July 2018
"Brave", is an appropriately titled book: I felt no child or anyone, should ever have to endure her hardships and struggles for basic survival necessities, the way Rose did which was very sad, shocking & upsetting - I felt sorry. Fortunately, Rose has strong survival instincts.
This eye-opener of a book defines, the "Hollywood-Culture", in her own, 'CULT', perspective, which is further absorbed or enlarged by her past experiences in this disturbing, yet, captivating memoir, hence, the old adage: "All that glitters is not Gold".
She portrays herself as, 'victim'; but I also think she personifies Hollywood and glamour in itself ( drama-queen), in many ways since she somehow attracted Hollywood to herself with her physical beauty, acting ability, charm, talents and dramatic overtures: many don't or simply can't even - Dream of becoming a 'Hollywood Star', which she is. I believe her sincerity in the material written - despite some of her eccentric/odd behavior and erratic thoughts. Also, if she really disliked her lifestyle in Hollywood one cannot help ask - Why not leave it behind & simply walk-away from its nightmare, and/or change your career-path, entirely, since she was still young? Although, Money can be a strong motivating factor in staying there.
Anyhow, I think she has become a powerful force or 'VOICE', for women there and everywhere including this industry, expecially with the, "ME- TOO", movement finally coming to age & fruition in breaking barriers, all around- the- world, finally. I recently saw her interview on the Dr. Oz, tv show. Rose M., is a strong, determined, successful, talented and accomplished woman, who will continue to achieve her goals & 'wishes', regardless of facing tough obstacles, bravely. I actually, really enjoyed reading Rose's exciting, interesting , and captivating book.

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brooklynheart5
Apr 16, 2018

Her writing is just so angry and bitter.... I just couldn't get through it. I lasted 3 chapters. Shame.

mko123 Apr 06, 2018

Rose McGowan has found her voice and what a voice it is. Rose has the guts to stand up not only to the well-oiled Hollywood gatekeepers that prey on young actresses, but also the whole male-dominated industry that exploits and abuses women. Rose challenges women to take back their power and redefine themselves, based on equality and integrity. Rose was raised
in a Jesus cult. She escaped it at a young age, only to find herself once more in a cult-like movie industry where once again she was being controlled and violated. Men in positions of power and wealth continue to bully, exploit, and abuse women. We need more voices like Rose McGowan to stand up and say, No More!

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SarahDormat
Mar 26, 2018

It's hard to even come up with the words to describe this. McGowan has a lot to say and she deserves a listen.

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inaiz
Mar 02, 2018

Definitely worth some time!! This is a very good story. Thought-provoking. Tragic. Dramatic. Enticing. Although some passages were latent with spoken and written cliches of the English language, it was easy to get past it to investigate the story. At first, McGowan's tone is abrasive and off-putting as if to insinuate that the reader is an enemy, but once you get to her story you get captivated. There are lessons from the incidents like her personal thoughts during the occasion and then from her present thoughts on retrospect. It gives very serious resonance to victim-blaming by society and victims themselves. She then points out sometimes with a greater philosophy and metaphor that that has always been wrong. As the actress pointed out some problems in Hollywood, and the world with misogyny, she came off bitter or angry. As you're reading you can genuinely sympathize with her and see why she is viewed that way. We can see how warped someone else made her appear even though she was only telling the truth. The end is rushed perhaps with McGowan pushing it out of her life to move past it.
It is definitely inspiring to see someone experienced so much to continuously drive change. I only know the actress from two films but have heard about her more during all this Hollywood sexual abuse being exposed. I needed to know her story and I'm glad I do.

Warning---some descriptions are rather graphic and it may be difficult to read for those who have experienced rape and domestic violence.

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TamarahBerryhill
Feb 23, 2018

“Brave” by Rose McGowen is impossible to read. She is so angry that she cusses constantly, and uses graphic sexual terminology to explain her feelings. Men and women at the homeless shelter communicate similarly, and yes, I know this because I have been there. Bummer, I wanted to be supportive of her. Maybe when she is older, and further away from the anger, she will find a way to express herself so that others can hear her.

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