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Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat Hardcover – August 22, 2017
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An Amazon Best Book of August 2017: In many ways Patricia Williams’ has led an extraordinary life. Raised in a family of alcoholics and hustlers, she was at ground zero when the crack epidemic of the 1980s hit the impoverished neighborhoods of inner city Atlanta. Her mother taught her to roll drunks by the time she was eight; if they were hungry enough she and her siblings would go to the ER and wait for the candy stripers to come through with sandwiches for waiting families. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In the third grade Williams—nicknamed Rabbit—first saw the possibility of a different life, thanks to a teacher who took a sympathetic interest. But the rules and role models in the rest of her world had a stronger pull, and soon enough Williams began to model the success she saw every day—in the drug dealers. As you read Williams’ memoir it’s impossible not to be shocked and bewildered. But you will also feel compassion. And Williams not only allows you to laugh, she makes it damn near impossible not to. Her wit and levity, hand-in-hand with hardship, mistakes, and self-discovery, makes Williams’ memoir, Rabbit, impressive and memorable. --Seira Wilson, Amazon Book Review
“Rabbit tells how it went down with brutal honesty and outrageous humor in unexpected places.” (New York Times)
“Unforgiving and darkly hilarious.” (Washington Post)
“Rabbit feels like you are sitting in Williams’ living room, listening to her tell story after story over a cup of coffee. Somehow she’s managed to pull hilarity out of heartache. And when you are done laughing, you rejoice, her final words ringing in your ears.” (USA Today)
“This is, in short, a humdinger of a memoir – mesmerizing” (Buffalo News)
“Her story is one that dares everyone reading it to dream bigger.” (Bust Magazine)
“Riveting…this is one autobiography that should not be missed.” (Huffington Post)
“Ms. Pat, gives readers insight into what it’s really like to be young black woman growing up in America.” (TODAY.com)
“Both savagely honest and often genuinely funny, this is the story of how a resilient woman survived a harrowing early life and found unexpected salvation through humor.” (Kirkus)
“As heartbreaking as it is darkly hilarious, Rabbit will make you wipe away both tears of joy and sorrow...a memoir filled with wit and wisdom...Honest, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny, Williams’ book is an absolute must-read.” (Shondaland)
“An extraordinary memoir…[Rabbit] is both uproariously funny and heartbreakingly sad… Despite all the difficult parts, Ms. Pat’s story reminds us that redemption is always possible, and that love and humor can heal all wounds.” (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
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I loved the not infrequent references to Kathryn Chancelor of The Young and the Restless.
Patricia puts you in her shoes and in the shoes of her family and friends. I understood her choices and their choices and would've made the same under the circumstances. I loved the teacher who taught her she could be anything she dreamed of.
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Didn't want it to end.
She now works as a professional comedian, up North, telling her audiences - how it was for...Read more