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Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat (Hardcover)

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Rabbit is a rare and wonderful book. As funny a memoir as you'll ever read it is equally powerful and moving. Williams, a comedian, provides an unflinching account of her life, with a unique perspective, that finds both humanity and humor in scenes that would be heart rending in lesser hands. Great books stretch and challenge the reader in unexpected ways and Rabbit is as rewarding a book as you'll ever read or give.

Rabbit is a rare and wonderful book. As funny a memoir as you'll ever read it is equally powerful and moving. Williams, a comedian, provides an unflinching account of her life, with a unique perspective, that finds both humanity and humor in scenes that would be heart rending in lesser hands. Great books stretch and challenge the reader in unexpected ways and Rabbit is as rewarding a book as you'll ever read or give.

— From The Holiday Twenty

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Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work

" Rabbit] tells how it went down with brutal honesty and outrageous humor" - New York Times

"Unforgiving and darkly hilarious" - Washington Post

"I know a lot of people think they know what it's like to grow up in the hood. Like maybe they watched a couple of seasons of The Wire and they got the shit all figured out. But TV doesn't tell the whole story." - Ms. Pat

They called her Rabbit.

Patricia Williams (aka Ms. Pat) was born and raised in Atlanta at the height of the crack epidemic. One of five children, Pat watched as her mother struggled to get by on charity, cons, and petty crimes. At age seven, Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At twelve, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior. By thirteen, she was pregnant. By fifteen, Pat was a mother of two.

Alone at sixteen, Pat was determined to make a better life for her children. But with no job skills and an eighth-grade education, her options were limited. She learned quickly that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive. Rabbit is an unflinching memoir of cinematic scope and unexpected humor. With wisdom and humor, Pat gives us a rare glimpse of what it's really like to be a black mom in America.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062407306
ISBN-10: 0062407309
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2017
Pages: 240
Language: English