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A Piece of Cake

A Memoir
Narrated by: Cupcake Brown
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (113 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness.

Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she'd even turned 20.

And that's when things got interesting.

This is the strange, heart-wrenching, and exhilarating tale of a woman named Cupcake. It begins as the story of a girl orphaned twice over, once by the death of her mother and then again by a child welfare system that separated her from her stepfather and put her into the hands of an epically sadistic foster parent. But there comes a point in her preteen years, maybe it's the night she first tries to run away and is exposed to drugs, alcohol, and sex all at once, when Cupcake's story shifts from a tear-jerking tragedy to a dark comic blues opera. As Cupcake's troubles grow, so do her voice and spirit. Her gut-punch sense of humor and eye for the absurd, along with her outsized will, carry her through a fateful series of events that could easily have left her dead.

Young Cupcake learned to survive by turning tricks, downing hard liquor, partying like a rock star, and ingesting every drug she could find while hitchhiking up and down the California coast. She stumbled into gangbanging, drug dealing, hustling, prostitution, theft, and, eventually, the best scam of all: a series of 9-to-5 jobs. But Cupcake's unlikely tour through the cubicle world was paralleled by a quickening descent into the nightmare of crack cocaine use, till she eventually found herself living behind a dumpster.

Astonishingly, she turned it around. With the help of a cobbled together family of eccentric fellow addicts and "angels", a series of friends and strangers who came to her aid at pivotal moments, she slowly transformed her life from the inside out.

©2006 Cupcake Brown (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Cupcake's gonna sell like hotcakes." (Publishers Weekly)
"Her story of survival and triumph is incredible and often rough." (Booklist)

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Wow!

loved this book, from beginning to end. Cupcake wowed me throughout the entire book. her perseverance to defeat the odds really inspired me. To continue my education.

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Great read!

I loved her story and felt her struggles throughout her narration of her life. The system truly failed her and so many others. Her determination and strength was amazing, I cried with her and for her throughout her story. God was definitely on her side and kept her alive, I believe he knew her strength and helped her understand it had to come from her. Wishing you your best life ever, Cupcake Brown!

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Realistic and Current

I work with women who had similar struggles like the main character. There were sad parts, happy moments...kept my attention the entire time

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So Real

A very moving story that brought me to tears of fear, anger and joy. Thank you for being so transparent.

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loved it

I read this book two times and this was my first time listening to it. Each time was like the first time

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Excellent Read!

The story was well written and gave good glimpse into the life of the author. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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Resilient, Strong, and Brave

I admired Cupcake's courage for sharing her hardships and road to recovery. Being raped, addicted to drugs, living on the streets, gang affiliation, and being shot are not easy thing to talk about. Despite all of her misfortune's she turned it around and made her way up in the legal field and is a successful lawyer. I enjoyed this piece of cake and was happy to hear this was a New York Times Best Seller.

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Great story!

Will be having a discussion soon in book club at church! Enjoyed hearing the story

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Awesome comeback story

I was an emotional wreck reading this book and then I bought the audio version and it put me right in the middle of the Cupcake's life. I'm furious at the numerous people that let her down that could have steered her life in another direction but oh so grateful for the ones who did not give up on her and guided her to be the person she is today. In spite of you triumphed and won Cupcake! You are an inspiration!

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Best book I've read all year!

Thank you Cupcake for sharing such a intimate, real, and emotions story with us. I must say that I wasn't expecting such detail and honesty about your plight and was actually taken aback quite a few times by your bravery and diligence to overcome your situations. Although my upbringing wasn't quite as scarring as yours may have been, I often find myself not feeling adequate enough to overcome various adversities that I feel hold me back from achieving my high potential of greatness. But after listening to your journey and your path to true freedom of the mind through Faith and God I am sure that I will definitely listen to that "voice" more often! Thank you for being so great and reaching back to help others!