Rabbit: A Memoir Paperback – May 22, 2018 by Patricia Williams

Rabbit: A Memoir Paperback – May 22, 2018 by Patricia Williams



Rabbit: A Memoir Paperback – May 22, 2018 by Patricia Williams



Rabbit: A Memoir

Rabbit tells how it went down with brutal honesty and outrageous humor in unexpected places.” -- New York Times

“Unforgiving and darkly hilarious.” -- Washington Post

Rabbit feels like you are sitting in Williams’ living room, listening to her tell story after story over a cup of coffee. Somehow she’s managed to pull hilarity out of heartache. And when you are done laughing, you rejoice, her final words ringing in your ears.” -- 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

“I pounced on [Ms. Pat’s] book. And I thought she did such a great job...God, [Rabbit] was entertaining. And I recommended it to so many people.”  -- David Sedaris, author of the New York Times bestseller Calypso

“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

“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

From the Back Cover

Born and raised in Atlanta at the height of the crack epidemic, Patricia Williams (aka Ms. Pat) watched as her mother struggled to raise five children on charity, cons, and petty crimes. At age seven, Pat, known as Rabbit, was taught to roll drunks for money. At twelve, she was targeted for sex by an older man. 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 only an eighth-grade education, she had limited options. She learned quickly that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive. Rabbit is an unflinching memoir of cinematic scope, wisdom, and unexpected humor that gives us a rare glimpse of what it’s really like to struggle and thrive in America.

About the Author

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.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dey Street Books; Reprint edition (May 22, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062407317
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062407313
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 0.7 x 5.2 x 7.6 inches