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“[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.

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Critical Praise

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

“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

“People say “I laughed and I cried” and it sounds like a cliché. But Rabbit really took me there. It’s everything—poignant, heartbreaking and hilarious—all at once. I couldn’t put it down.” —Lee Daniels, creator of Empire

“She was able to elevate her personal stories of horror, sadness, violence, insanity into something that people can understand and relate to and see into a world that many of us don’t know.”
Marc Maron

“Not only is Ms. Pat FUNNY as hell...But it wasn’t until I read Rabbit that I discovered how much she’s really been through. Ms. Pat survived PTA meetings and getting shot. That’s some real-ass shit!” —Roseanne Barr

“Like Ms. Pat, I grew up in the hood during the crack epidemic, but I’ve never read anything like Rabbit. I didn’t know a story this sad could make me laugh so hard. That’s the comic genius of Ms. Pat!” —Loni Love, co-host of The Real

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062407306
  • ISBN 10: 0062407309
  • Imprint: Dey Street Books
  • On Sale: 08/22/2017
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price: 31.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BISAC2: PERFORMING ARTS / Comedy
  • BISAC3: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Dysfunctional Families

Rabbit by Patricia Williams, Jeannine Amber

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