Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez’s never-before-told story of surviving a harrowing childhood and of how she found success—both in and out of the Hollywood limelight. Rosie Perez first caught our attention with her fierce dance in the title sequence of Do the Right Thing and has since defined herself as a funny and talented actress who broke boundaries for Latinas in the film industry. What most people would be surprised to learn is that the woman with the big, effervescent personality has a secret straight out of a Dickens novel. At the age of three, Rosie’s life was turned upside down when her mentally ill mother tore her away from the only family she knew and placed her in a Catholic children’s home in New York’s Westchester County. Thus began her crazily discombobulated childhood of being shuttled between “the Home,” where she and other kids suffered all manners of cruelty from nuns, and various relatives’ apartments in Brooklyn. Many in her circumstances would have been defined by these harrowing experiences, but with the intense determination that became her trademark, Rosie overcame the odds and made an incredible life for herself. She brings her journey vividly to life on each page of this memoir—from the vibrant streets of Brooklyn to her turbulent years in the Catholic home, and finally to film and TV sets and the LA and New York City hip-hop scenes of the 1980s and ‘90s. More than a page-turning read, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life is a story of survival. By turns heartbreaking and funny, it is ultimately the inspirational story of a woman who has found a hard-won place of strength and peace. When we are happy we still laugh like that “little girl”. When we are sad, we still cry like that “little girl”; and ultimately we still want to be loved and dream big like that little girl. These lessons are lessons that you need to learn and embrace throughout your life so that no matter where you are, you can always love and learn a LESSON FOR THE LITTLE GIRL.... inside of you. Ms. Jaime A. Gill wrote this book as a celebration of her childhood and an opportunity for other females to embrace their lives at every stage of development. Ultimately she dreams that this book will serve as a tool to create conversation between the generations. As she has served as a certified life coach and radio show co-host of the L.O.V.E.