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Rabbit

By: Patricia Williams, Jeannine Amber
Narrated by: Patricia Williams
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Publisher's summary

A remarkably bold and inspiring story of crime, motherhood, and redemption - not since Cupcake Brown's A Piece of Cake has there been a memoir this unforgettable.

You want to know about the struggle of growing up poor, black, and female? Ask any girl from any 'hood. You want to know what it takes to rise above your circumstances when all the cards are stacked against you? Ask me.

Comedian Patricia Williams, who, for years, went by her street name, Rabbit, was born and raised in Atlanta's most troubled neighborhood at the height of the crack epidemic.

One of five children, Pat watched as her alcoholic mother struggled to get by on charity, cons, and petty crimes. At age seven, Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At 12, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior; by 13, she was pregnant. By 15, Pat was a mother of two.

Alone at 16, 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 that offers a rare glimpse into the harrowing reality of life on America's margins - a powerful true story of resilience, determination, and the transformative power of love.

©2017 Patricia Williams and Jeannine Amber (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Editor's Pick

Think Tiffany Haddish with a dash of Elaine Stritch
"Maybe you had a great childhood with totally functional parents who loved you very much and made sure you knew it. I’m happy for you, I swear! Fortunately for the rest of us, we have Ms. Pat, who is the patron saint of coping through laughter. Ms. Pat was just a kid when she was repeatedly sexually assaulted, and she was pregnant by the time she was 13. By 15, she was a mother of two. Through it all, she developed a keen hustler’s spirit and stayed afloat until she discovered she had a knack for comedy. No one else can make me laugh (or cry) like Ms. Pat."
Rachel S., Audible Editor

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