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Grace After Midnight: A Memoir

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  664 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
While Felicia is a brilliant actor in a truly chilling role, what's most remarkable about "Snoop" is what she has overcome in her life. Snoop was born a three-pound cross-eyed crack baby in East Baltimore. Those streets are among the toughest in the world, but Snoop was tougher. The runt of the ghetto showed an early aptitude for drug slinging and violence and thrived as a ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 13th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2007)
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P.
Feb 06, 2009 P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfic, yyay
So... I love The Wire. When I read in a VOYA article that Felicia "Snoop" Pearson had a memoir, I was super-pumped. Her character on The Wire, "Snoop", is sort of sinister and despicable, and one of the standouts in a cast of standouts. Even though I usually steer clear of biography (esp. written-with-the-assistance-of types), I knew I'd have to read it. It's pleasantly not overwritten--it reads like an oral history. So there's not really a complex plot arc, but the voice is real and I can defin ...more
Hayden
Apr 12, 2008 Hayden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all the Interagency kids who love the Wire
Felicia Pearson goes by "Snoop" both in real life, and in her role on The Wire. She had finished a prison term for murder and was still running drugs on the corners when Michael K. Williams, who plays Omar on the show, discovered her in a Baltimore bar.

This book is catalogued as adult at our library, but it's a really great choice for reluctant high school readers. There is lots of swearing, of course, and some violence. But both the book itself and the chapters are nice and short, and sort of c
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Jacqueline
Picked this up on a whim at work. I'd never heard of this actress or even the TV show she's on. Hey I read books not watch TV. Anyhoo, this was quite an interesting story of this young girl's life. She made bad choices even when she had the opportunity to make better ones. She had people at home who loved her. She wasn't totally screwed/disadvantaged from the time she was born. She chose to take a bad path. When she ends up in prison for murder, she turns her life around. I admire her guts in ch ...more
Judith
Feb 05, 2010 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, the title caught my interest...GRACE AFTER MIDNIGHT is not GIRLZ IN THE 'HOOD....it speaks of deeper, stiller waters...Ms Pearson grew up in the 'hood, and by a simple twist of Fate..found a way out...through TV...through the HBO series THE WIRE....through Michael K Williams, who was a member of that show's excellent cast. By essentially playing herself, Snoop (in real life) was able to quit The Life (Thug, drug dealer) and enter the world.

Born a 3-lb, cross-eyed crack baby in East Ba
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Heather
Aug 14, 2011 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Snoop (Felicia Pearson) was born a cross-eyed crack baby. Abandoned by her mother, she was taken in by a loving family in the ghetto of Baltimore. Despite being raised by a decent family, the lure from the streets that surrounded her was too strong, and as young as eight years old, Snoop was running the streets. When she was fourteen, she was convicted of murder and spent years in prison. Years later, she was discovered by an actor on the hit tv show, "The Wire," and soon became one of TV's most ...more
Charlie
How my hair look, Mike?
Tamara
Feb 12, 2008 Tamara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Wire, queer studies and underrepresented female voices
I'm fanatical about the HBO television series The Wire, which is quickly drawing to a close. Life without it will be hard for me. Fortunately, I have convinced my roommate Allison (who just came on board this season) to rent the early seasons with me on Netflix, and I will be able to numb the pain a little bit by following the pursuits of those involved in the program.

The first book I read this year was one such venture: Grace After Midnight by Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, a young woman who plays a
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Shawn
Apr 07, 2010 Shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grace was just okay, for me. I loved The Wire, really one of the best things I ever saw on TV, and author, nicknamed Snoop, sort of just played herself on the show; she was like a Fat Albert character or something, in that you really could rarely understand a word she said, and yet she was somehow quite likable. So there's one star, I just liked this girl as well as her tv character. Secondly, she described something real about prison that I have not ever seen discussed, it's the title of the bo ...more
Erin
Apr 13, 2008 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celeb-memoirs, memoir
Good, fast read. Pearson plays the cold-blooded young executioner "Snoop" (sorry--played) on "The Wire", and I found her understated acting (she was discovered by another "Wire" actor in a bar) really intriguing. When I heard that she had been in prison for murder before she became an actor (and following her stint in jail, she was unable to keep a 9-5 job with her record and ran a profitable drug corner), I wanted to read more about her. In doing some research, I found out she had written a mem ...more
Eric Piotrowski
Nov 01, 2014 Eric Piotrowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, biography, race
Having fallen in love with Snoop on The Wire, I was intrigued to read her life story, and devoured this book in two days. Mostly that's down to the quick, no-nonsense style of the short chapters -- which reflects perfectly her straight and direct method of communication. (She makes clear in the book that the writers and producers of the show insisted that she not change her manner of speaking at all in front of the camera.)

Pearson has experienced more than her share of difficulty and heartache,
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Tracy St Claire
Jun 21, 2014 Tracy St Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I read this book after watching The Wire for the second time. I didn't realize until just recently that Snoop was a girl, and when I saw that she wrote a memoir I picked it up. It was ghostwritten with a writer to help her along, written between the 4th and 5th seasons of The Wire and before some more sad and interesting chapters of her life happened.

People who know her from The Wire want to know about her life on TV, but that is only a curious afterthought to Felicia in her book. Her book is fi
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James
This is a powerful memoir from a tough, tenacious, smart person who has survived a life that most people wouldn't. It's impressive that she has come though it and out the other side without being bitter or shattered. I haven't seen The Wire, but now I want to; I had seen the author on TV once as a guest on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations food show when he visited Baltimore, and thought she was a very interesting person - this autobiography more than confirms that impression.
Nancy
Mar 29, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
Miles
May 18, 2015 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The overview of the book was basically about how bad influences can make people do certain things that will actually make them a better person in the end.Something always has to get ugly before it gets beautiful. This is a non fiction book. The title is grace after midnight by Felicia Snoop Pearson and David Ritz.This book is organized by sequel events and it's really a great read.

What i liked about the book is that it gave you so much detail so that you could imagine what was going on. I just d
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Jessica Pinto
Jan 17, 2014 Jessica Pinto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
Felicia Pearson was a young girl who was died twice because her mom did drugs while she was pregnant. The doctors brought her to life . She was a cross-eyed crack baby because of her mother. Felicia was raised in a foster home because her mom is a drug addict. Felicia was known as a "tomboy" in her nieghborhood because she loved looking and dressing like a boy. One day Felicia met her mom in person. Her mom invited her over so Felicia went. Felicia got stood up by her mom because her mom took o ...more
Jamie
Mar 19, 2008 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: reluctant readers, Wire fans
Recommended to Jamie by: Quick Picks for reluctant young adult readers
This book is perfect for reluctant readers. Snoop dealt drugs, did time, was a very out butch lesbian, and then became a star. She narrates the story in the same laconic voice familiar to those who know her from The Wire.

The 4 stars are for appeal, it's not a literary masterpiece.
Adam
Feb 24, 2011 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book confirms the realness of hbo's the wire. Snoop was really dealt a bad hand and kept slipping up again and again. She finally caught a break by being in the right Baltimore night club at the right time.
Jenee Rager
Jul 13, 2015 Jenee Rager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I was a late comer to 'The Wire' and just got around to binge watching the entire series this spring. It became my favorite tv show of all time and I have been searching for something to keep that feeling alive. That is how I came across this biography from Snoop.

Ms. Pearson keeps the story flowing and simple. She doesn't apologize for who she is/was, and she pulls no punches. Despite some of the horrible things that she has endured she never seems to feel sorry for herself and that in itself is
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Tracie
Dec 15, 2008 Tracie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library_book
I need a break from those damn lame-ass vegetarian vampires. This shit, this is scary.
Kaya
Jan 11, 2010 Kaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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American Literature
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“The Depiction of the American Dream and Culture through works of The Great Gatsby”


The American Dream, a depiction of our American Culture. An inspiration to many giving hope and promise to those that yearn it. The foundation behind our country’s great success, that helped established our country’s welfare as a nation. How did it come about? Many can speculate and come up with their own interpretations behind its origins, but one
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Allison
Jun 27, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult fans of The Wire
Recommended to Allison by: I read an article about the 10th Anniversary of The Wire that mentioned it.
The Wire is one of my favorite TV shows. It's one of the best TV shows ever made to-date. When I watched the it, I knew that some of the characters were real people pulled from the streets of Baltimore but I didn't know which ones. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of The Wire and several magazines have discussed the show and one such article mentioned this book, Grace After Midnight. That's what prompted me to read it and I'm really glad I did.

What an inspirational life Ms. Pearson has lived
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Jackie
Jun 11, 2008 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After James Frey and that woman that got busted at the 11th hour for almost publishing a fake memoir about being a foster child in LA, I had some healthy skepticism about this book. I think that's the reality of memoir today. I don't want to enter that debate with this review, but after all that Felicia Pearson has gone through, you felt at times like you were being played a bit. She's a survivor and you are aware of what it takes to survive where she came from.

She does know how to spin a compel
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Anna
Jan 18, 2009 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Wire, Mrs. Featherbottom
This is a good read, especially if you are a fan of The Wire and would like to know more about the woman who played Snoop. I think this memoir can stand on its own, though, even if you haven't watched the series, because it tells an interesting story of a young woman who was born a crack baby and was raised by foster parents in East Baltimore. It's a powerful story in terms of showing you that the context you grow up in greatly influences who you eventually become. Even though she was raised by ...more
Rev. Shelia Rush
It's Amazing

Children are dying everyday. Some Have no choice, they see no way out. The streets consume them and once in trouble, without the help of God and a great support system the stay in a repetitive cycle. This book is good for teenagers, parents, counselors and anyone else that truly wants or needs to know the survival off the streets.
Jackie Bryant
This was a quick book to read. Its written in a very straight forward fashion that feels like she's talking to you and telling you her story in person. Like an oral history.

It ends with her getting her job as Snoop on The Wire. It's a good memoir. I'm glad to have read it. If you're a fan of The Wire, I'd recommend checking it out if you're interested.
Alex
Jan 26, 2012 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Snoop was always a fascinating character to me. She was quiet but demanded and had respect from others. I was also fascinated that she essentially played a character similar to her real life persona. As soon as I learned she had a book I had to rent it. Like others have said it reads like an oral history. She's telling her life story, all the bad and all the good. Each chapter deals with a different part and time period of her life. I can't imagine some of the stuff she went through. The drug ga ...more
Kate
Mar 26, 2008 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Wire, people interested in how gender representations intersect with race/class
Shelves: 2008
I love the character Snoop on The Wire so I thought this would be an interesting read. It is written the way Snoop speaks, so it takes some getting used to. Also, I ran up against the same problem I always do: the sincerity made me uncomfortable. She is very honest about a lot and yet not a lot of information is given on some of the topics I would have most wanted to know about, especially in terms of her queerness. There is one very interesting tidbit about her being one of the guys, even to wh ...more
Colleen
Apr 14, 2009 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, adult
You might know Felicia Pearson, she's on the Wire; but this is not the story of a Hollywood Actress. This is the story of a girl who grew up on the streets of Baltimore knowing she liked girls and running with the boys. She observed the drug transaction on her block and decided she could play the game too. It didn't matter that she was a child or a girl. The streets were familiar to Pearson, she liked the action, but her actions caught up with her. After a stint in jail she tries to make it on t ...more
Bethany
Apr 26, 2008 Bethany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of HBO's "The Wire"
Shelves: nonfiction
This memoir was a bit disturbing, only because the life that Snoop lead in reality was pretty brutal. The memoir does provided thought-provoking background for the character "Snoop". The book itself is poorly written and doesn't engage the reader as much as one would expect.

I will admit that I didn't read the book straight through. I skipped around a bit. The only reason I had an interest in reading the book is that Felicia "Snoop" Pearson was one of the actors in HBO's series "The Wire". "The
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