The Autobiography Of Ms. Pat

Book - 2017
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Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work

"An absolute must-read" - Shondaland

"[Rabbit] tells how it went down with brutal honesty and outrageous humor" - New York Times

"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
Branch Call Number: B WILLIAMS
Characteristics: viii, 227 pages ;,24 cm


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Mar 14, 2018

This book is an easier, more comic read than "Random Family" though it seemingly features the same exact people. They're not the exact same people in actuality, but a type of people: those living in utter poverty, those who grow up without parenting, those who have children when they're still babies themselves. The co-author though, got the tone exactly right on this one. There's no pity and always an amusing and compelling through-narrative. I really, really enjoyed this read. I feel like I'd like to see Ms. Pat on the comedy circuit but also that I might have already read most of her stories. Still, I'd want to come out and see her to support her and give her two big thumbs up.

Mar 05, 2018

I loved this book. I was hooked from the epigraph. At times it can be very hard to read. The situations so raw that you are left reading with your mouth half open. The end is so worth it. You root for her the entire time and in the end I think she wins. Love wins.

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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