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Grace After Midnight: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Felicia Pearson , David Ritz
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While Felicia is a brilliant actor in a truly chilling role, what's most remarkable about "Snoop" is what she has overcome in her life. Snoop was born a three-pound cross-eyed crack baby in East Baltimore. Those streets are among the toughest in the world, but Snoop was tougher. The runt of the ghetto showed an early aptitude for drug slinging and violence and thrived as a baby gangsta until she landed in Jessup state penitentiary after killing a woman in self-defense. There she rebelled violently against the system, and it was only through the cosmic intervention of her mentor, Uncle Loney, that she turned her life around. A couple of years ago, Snoop was discovered in a nightclub by one of The Wire's cast members and quickly recruited to be one of television's most frightening and intriguing villians.

While the story of coming up from the hood has been told by Antwone Fisher and Chris Gardner, among others, Snoop's tale goes far deeper into The Life than any previous books. And like Mary Karr's story, Snoop's is a woman's story from a fresh point of view. She defied traditional conventions of gender and sexual preference on the hardest streets in America and she continues to do so in front of millions of viewers on TV.

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From Publishers Weekly

Pearson, who stars in HBO's The Wire, was born ill and underweight from her mother's drug habits, and later worked for a crack dealer in East Baltimore. At age 15 she killed a woman in self-defense and wound up in the Jessup State Penitentiary. She got a wakeup call when the notorious dealers she called Uncle and Father wound up respectively dead and imprisoned for life. Once out on parole, Pearson took an assembly-line job and didn't give [her neighborhood dope dealers] a second glance, but after repeatedly getting fired because of her rap sheet, she returned to dealing before a chance meeting gave her a way off the street for good. This isn't a light celebrity bio, but a powerful story of someone trying to find her way in a dark world, realizing she can still choose her life's direction even in tremendously difficult circumstances. Pearson's narrative is spare, even poetic, rendering traumatic moments all the more powerful. (Nov.)
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"Raw and thought provoking...told with a bitter sweet elegance...the story of a child who buried her pain and then filled her life with violent behavior. But Snoop's journey is now a rainbow shining in the light of hope and wellness...and is a gift to us all." (Terrie M. Williams, author of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting )

"Felicia's story is a reminder to me that through the depths of the worst unforeseen circumstances, that life can sometimes bring, the 2 things that we must never lose sight of, GOD's Grace, and Hope. Felicia is a perfect example of one who learned this the hard way and will now, never lose her way again." (Jamie Hector, NBC's Heroes )

"Pearson's memoir is even more horrifying than the cold-blooded killer she portrays on The Wire." (Kirkus Reviews )

"A gripping story about overcoming obstacles in the face of great adversity and finding hope in the most unlikely place-television." (Ebony )

"A remarkable book about a remarkable lady...will encourage anyone who aspires to be bigger and better than what they awesome book to give to a young person as a Christmas gift." ( )

"This is no rage-to-riches story. In fact, it reads more like a miracle." (Essence )

"Read her intriguing life's a short, punchy ride of a book." (Giant )

"Apowerful story of someone trying to find her way in a dark world, realizing she can still choose her life's direction even in tremendously difficult circumstances. Pearson's narrative is spare, even poetic, rendering traumatic moments all the more powerful." (Publishers Weekly )

Product Details

  • File Size: 714 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000X16QCC
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Her Story... and Hers Alone November 8, 2007
Felicia was born in Baltimore to a drug-addicted mother and a drug-dealing father who she never really knew. She was placed in the foster home of Mr. and Mrs. Pearson in East Baltimore, considered to be roughest section in the city. The Pearsons, who were old enough to be her grandparents, raised Felicia in a Christian home. She was a smart child who observed everything, including the open and often secret world of drug dealers. Even with all the attention she received from the Pearsons, Felicia was simply drawn to the glitter and hustle of the streets. Felicia "Snoop" Pearson tells her story in Grace After Midnight.

Despite what you may have heard or read about Felicia Pearson, Grace After Midnight sets the record set. She tells her story in her own words for anyone that wants to read it. It is not a pretty picture but she owned it and she did not and does not have to apologize for the way her life turned out. This is a story of family, curiosity, drugs, death, murder, incarceration, grace, encouragement, despair, hope and love. Just when she was about to return to a life on the streets, fate stepped in and she was asked to come to the set of "The Wire" for an audition.

Being from Baltimore and having worked in the foster care department, this reader has seen firsthand many children like Felicia who have had to overcome so much. I applaud her for the courage to tell her story. Grace After Midnight is recommended for everyone, particularly for troubled youth who are looking for a light of encouragement.

Reviewed by: Priscilla C. Johnson
APOOO BookClub
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where Television Mirrors Life November 30, 2007
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, from HBO's drama The Wire, gives it to you straight with no chaser in Grace After Midnight. From birth she had a spirit of survival. Death almost consumed her as the drugs her mother ingested caused her to be born a "three-pound, cross-eyed crack baby," she described. That was the first time she escaped death and it was apparent she had escaped it many times though it filled the streets of her East Baltimore roots. From simply observing her surroundings with eight year-old eyes, she was able to invade the drug world with a wisdom that usually came from playing the game and age. She had mentors who recognized her street talents and taught her the ropes. She had mentors who prayed for her and wanted her to leave the streets alone. She also had foster parents who accepted her for what she was, whatever she was. The wild and wicked ways of East Baltimore was where she felt natural and alive. She received a healthy dose of reality when she was sent to prison for murder. While there, the game changed. She learned about trials and tribulations. She learned to appreciate life beyond bars while still incarcerated. She even learned more lessons about death as it snuck up on her and threatened her sanity. It was in the penitentiary that she also learned about love and grace.

Felicia Pearson's story is engaging and real. She does not want readers to feel sorry for her and I applaud her for that. She wants to tell her story because it is a story of hope for souls lost in street life; especially children's souls. Written in a matter-of-fact way, she simply explains the mindset of a child that is not quite lost but falls prey to what feels right even though it is wrong; gangster life.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
This is one of the most honest and titillating autobiographies that I have read in a long time. Now - who doesn't love The Wire, but especially what Snoop brings to the show? If Stephen King calls you the most frightening villain ever to appear in a television series, you are definitely doing something right.

Here, we learn about the man behind the character (LOL) and the life that she endured to get to where she is today - from the rough streets of Baltimore to 4 years in jail, then back to the streets after playing it straight works against her because of her conviction, to the meeting with Michael K. Williams that was divine timing and made her the star she is today.

It is not a pretty story; at times it is awful, but she made it. And she can speak her truth and be proud. That's what I loved most about this book, she is unapologetic about who she is, HOW she is and where she has come from. She doesn't glorify her past, and she was able to save herself through GRACE before it was too late.

This is a quick, riveting and rewarding read that makes you almost hear her reading it to you and I HIGHLY recommend it. Kudos to the co-author's subtlety that makes this book a knockout!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace After Midnight The book November 19, 2007
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I have ordered many thing from amazon and have been a customer for a long time. I read a lot so I am always trying to encourage my son to read for entertainment and finally I found a book that I think has caught his attention. This book is about one of his favorite stars on a show that we all watch. Finally I did it he read the complete book from front to back. and he told me Mom this is the first book I have finished. and he is a sophomore in college. I feel proud I have accomplish my mission. Hope he continues to read for fun. I read the book in two days and it was very good.
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I pick up this book and could not put it down. While it was quite blunt, it was very interesting. I'm so glad she turned her life around and wish her much success
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Quick and powerful read. Actually couldn't put it down. Now I really will have to catch her on the Wire.
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Great book easy read.. She was straight and got to the point.. I loved her story. It made me appreciate her even more...
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Pretty quick read (I'm a slow reader) but gives an awesome glimpse into a "different" type of lifestyle and how people can change if and when they really want to.
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I love Snoop. She is very real and honest as well as open. Never knew how much her life reflected the character on the wire. Great memoir.
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