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Grace After Midnight: A Memoir

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  783 ratings  ·  141 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
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2007)
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P.
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 28, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Charlie
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
How my hair look, Mike?
Judith
Feb 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 rated it liked it
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
Tamara
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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Erin
Apr 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Shawn
Mar 24, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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.
Jamie
Mar 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Tracie
Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library_book
I need a break from those damn lame-ass vegetarian vampires. This shit, this is scary.
Nancy
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5
Ashleigh Rasheed
Apr 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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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Sarah Rigg
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poc-authors
A friend recommended this book, and I enjoyed it. You might appreciate it even more if you're a fan of "The Wire".
Sonya
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From a sample i read so far she has come a long long way.
Kaya
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Anna
Jan 02, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Eric Piotrowski
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, memoir, 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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Jessica Pinto
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jackie
Jun 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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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Allison
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Tracy St Claire
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it

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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Miles
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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Alex
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, ya, lgbtqia
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
Erin
Dec 29, 2008 added it
Shelves: teen, adult
I enjoyed this book because I was curious about Pearson's life and how she went from gangsta kid to actress, but I am uncertain as to who the intended audience is- YA librarians who like The Wire? I wonder if teens watch/enjoy The Wire? Apparently they do- so I'd recommend it to them. Perhaps also a good story for urban teens, and older suburban teens. It's pretty graphic, but it's a memoir so to quote a certain prominent YA advocate with a twitter addiction: "there is nothing gratuitous about t ...more
aisling
Nov 08, 2008 rated it liked it
this book was okay. i read it of course because i was sad that the marathon of "the wire" had ended and was intrigued by the characters. it was a quick read because it was as if you were interviewing her and getting the answers short and to the point. each chapter was 2-3 pages at most. i suppose what i wanted was more of an examination of her situation and why lots of kids end up as "corner boys" and why it's difficult to impossible to be treated fairly in the job market once you have a prison ...more
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