Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat – Patricia Williams
Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat – 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.
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)
“So harrowing it is almost too much to fathom.” (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)
Patricia Williams, the fifth child of an alcoholic single mother, came of age in Atlanta at the height of the crack epidemic. At 12, she had her first boyfriend; by 15 she was a mother of two. Williams wanted to give her children the kind of life she’d always dreamed of, but with no education or job skills her options were slim. Thus began Williams’ lucrative career as a drug dealer. After numerous run-ins with the law and a stint behind bars, Williams decided to turn her life around. She now goes by the stage name Ms. Pat and enjoys a successful career as a comedian. Williams lives in Indianapolis with her husband and three children.
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