Rabbit

Rabbit

The Autobiography of Ms. Pat

Book - 2017
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Nominated 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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062407306
0062407309
Branch Call Number: B WILLIAMS PATRICIA
Characteristics: viii, 227 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Amber, Jeannine

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Dec 18, 2017

Listen to this book. Much of it is sad, but faith, hope and love overcome the sadness, and the greatest of these is love.

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