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You want to know about the struggle of growing up poor, black and female? Ask any girl from any hood. You want to know what it takes to rise above your circumstances when all the cards are stacked against you? Ask me.

Comedian Patricia Williams, who for years went by her street-name "Rabbit," was born and raised in Atlanta’s most troubled neighborhood at the height of the c
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Dey Street Books
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Will Byrnes
“Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
– Maya Angelou
This is the epigraph for Rabbit, and it seems particularly germane. Of course, unspoken is the damage life does to you before you learn how to fight back.

Rabbit is the nickname Patricia Williams was given as a kid, after she was seen sitting on a porch eating a carrot. The porch in question, where she lived, at her grandfather’s house/24-7-bar/distillery, was not long for this world. When a woman he was paying to have sex w
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: september-2017
If I didn't know people that lived lives like Ms. Pat described, I would think that this book was made up. I had never heard of Ms. Pat, I didn't know who she was or why she would have written a book. It turns out she's a standup comedian, actress, and writer.

Who knew?

She's kind of a big deal!

Ms. Pat grew up in Atlanta in the 1980's. Crack was taking a wrecking ball to black communities all over America. A war was declared on drugs(Haha!) Also there was a "serial killer" (if you believe the po
Elyse  Walters
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing by the author, Patricia Williams

A true story that’s sad with a happy ending by a terrific natural storyteller!

Some specific details...Patricia shares are so phenomenal and so inspiring...that to not feel at least a little empowered ourselves in our own lives would be a missed opportunity. It’s sooooo True... we are never too old to make a major life change!!!

Excellent Audiobook!

Thank you Erin! I’m lacking sleep - but once I read your review yesterday, and got a copy myself....
Peter Monn
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best book I’ve read in 2018. Honest, hilarious, vulnerable & tragic. Absolutely beautiful. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at ...more
Lauren Cecile
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great "as-told-to" autobiography by a woman who lived a horrific childhood and led a very dysfunctional lifestyle in Atlanta during the 1980s until she met her significant other who influenced her to change.
This young lady became a prominent stand-up comic and her story is motivational for anyone looking to transcend their circumstances.
This book is poignant as well as humorous and I read many parts with my mouth wide open in shock. However despite the abusive, callous mother, the ab
Katie B
I'll admit I did not know anything about Patricia Williams prior to reading this book. However, some of the best memoirs I have read have come from people I was not familiar with beforehand, and I definitely place this book in that category. Her life is full of heartbreaking moments, but yet it still manages to be an uplifting story. She is a perfect example of someone who is a "doer", a person who just knows how to get things done, no matter how many obstacles are in her way. Yes, she might hav ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How do you "review" the story of someone's life? Unlike some memoirs, this is not full of whiny "pity me" diatribes even though the life she lived is full of moments no one should have to experience. She tells her story in a straight-forward way, managing to inject a touch of humor in places where it would be impossible for most to find anything funny. She owns her life, from the moments inflicted upon her to the choices she made for herself.

This is not an easy book to read, but once you start,
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

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If you take away one thing from this book, make it this: she called President Jimmy Carter the N-word and gave him a free cheeseburger.

Okay, so I totally forgot I had this book until I was cleaning out one of my storage cubes. My friends and I have been exchanging bags of books over quarantine and somehow this one got away from me. It's actually really amazing, though, and if you're looking for Black authors to read in solidarity of BLM,
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Brightly Shining Hopeful Stars

I cannot decide whether this memoir made me want to laugh or want to cry more often.

Right up front Miss Pat a.k.a. “Rabbit” tells us that most people think they understand what it is to be poor but they have no idea. I think she is 100% right about that. There were so many things in this book that shocked me. This is the story of a woman who was the fifth and youngest child in a family being raised by a single teenage mom. Miss Pat grew up in “the hood,” in
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Last week on my way to work I caught Ms. Pat on the Rickey Smiley show. I was laughing my butt off. I went and purchased the book on my kindle the same day. And I laughed and cried. And for her to make a living out of telling her story. Is something I wanted to contribute to. Hope to see and hear more from Ms. Pat in the future. 👏👏
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I kept seeing this book on my Goodreads timeline. Since the people I follow on Goodreads have excellent taste in books, I decided to read this one, and it did not disappoint. To read the rest of this review and to see an interview featuring Ms. Pat on 98 Rock Baltimore CLICK HERE. ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All the stars for this memoir. I think there are times that we believe we must be so different from other people based on how we grew up. There are very talented people in this world that can make us see our similarities. The beautiful similarities and the low down dirty similarities. Patricia Williams is one of those people.
She grew up in Atlanta during the crack epidemic. Although, the people that should have had her best interests at heart, did not...she had others who did. Those who saw how
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
The struggle nobody talks about is what it feels like to be invisible, or to know in your heart that nobody cares.

I always find it difficult to rate memoirs, as I don't think I can "rate" anyone's life, but this is about rating my reading experience. At first I thought I may not be able to finish this book as it is very much an in your face experience, and I was wondering if the author was trying to shock us with some of the sex talk and profanity, but I then realized this is the way it was, so
3.5 stars

Patricia Williams was called Rabbit as a child and now that she's a comic, is known as Ms. Pat. Maybe you've caught her on a podcast. I haven't and in fact had never heard of her before. Born poor to an alcoholic single mom, she didn't have many choices or chances to improve her life. A 20 year old charmer got her pregnant at the age of 13 and again at 15. Things just got even tougher. Selling crack might make things easier, certainly the money was rolling in; but then her criminal rec
Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard
This is going on my favorites list as the best of 2017. I laughed and I cried. I cried a lot of tears of joy and pain for this author’s story. One good thing about Ms. Pat is that she really does know how to make me laugh. She grew up in the heart of the crack epidemic of the 1980’s in Atlanta and I learned much much more from this book than was on the news. She has heart and courage and I applaud her honesty while expressing her feelings and showing the readers how vulnerable little Black girls ...more
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
Great autobiography read by the author. She unflinchingly recounts her struggles growing up poor in Georgia - pregnant at 13, alcoholic mother, abused by her boyfriend, never finishing high school, etc. It’s amazing the challenges people in different life situations can face. She doesn’t try to excuse any of her bad or illegal behavior, instead she recognizes the people who helped her to be better and find a better way.
My husband is big into podcasts lately. The Moth, Hidden Brain, Armchair Expert, Ear Hustle... he listens to a bunch of them, but those are a few that I can name off the top of my head (because I've listened to them with him). I like podcasts okay, but honestly, I don't see the point of listening to them when I could be listening to a book instead. So, when he learned that Ms. Pat has a book, he decided that we should get the audiobook and listen to it together. And so we did.

Here's the thing t
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Ghetto and crack for sale block detail and extremes of every horrific nature for the first 2/3rds of this book.

Patricia is honest and tells this in the language of her original illegal saloon home. And continues in like manner throughout the years up until she is the block organizer and procurer/controller for the local crack sales centered in front of the laundromat.

Her spirit comes through and she is brave to tell some of the minutia she has experienced within the years from 13 to 20. Those y
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazingly powerful read and one that I will not forget anytime soon. In this memoir, we meet Patricia "Rabbit" Williams who grew up living in poverty. She gets pregnant while in middle school and has to deal with a mother with substance abuse issues, a cheating boyfriend as well as some rather unsavory jobs including dealing crack. The most remarkable part of this story is that it is both tragically sad but written in a hysterical manner as well. The author never once asks you to fee ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the fucked up part..... as bad as her life was I just kept thinking it could have been so much worse!
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished the Audible version of Rabbit: A Memoir by Patricia Williams!

I always like to give autobiography/memoir authors a huge round of applause for taking the time to perform the narration of their book. As an AUDIBLE book listener, the experience of a book automatically becomes more than learning the writer’s voice through reading words. The experience is heightened by listening to the narrator‘s tones/inflections in their actual voice. When an actor is hired to do this, it kills the e
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, honest, hilarious, and tragic memoir. I loved reading it and I keep thinking about her life. I wish there were more voices like this out there. If I have to read another memoir about some rich person struggling with depression as if they are the first person ever to do so, I might kill myself. Why don't I just stop reading them? Well, I guess I am addicted to memoirs. I just want more like this one. ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs
Ms. Pat, Patricia Williams, Rabbit are all the names of one woman who grew to set the foundation for the future of her family. “It doesn’t show you what it’s like for girls like me; how one thing can lead to another so that one minute you’re a twelve year old looking for attention, then suddenly you end up pregnant at thirteen, with nobody to turn to for help.. It’s easy to pretend that we don’t exist”.

There is so many obstacles Rabbit face in her life and so many that hit close to home but her
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blm
"When most folks think about the problems of growing up in the hood they think about what it must feel like to be poor or hungry, or to have your lights cut off. The struggle nobody talk about is what it's like to be invisible, or to know it in your heart that nobody cares. Mama didn't want to be famous; she wanted to be seen."

Read books by black authors. Listen to their stories. Books take you out of your own world and drop you into new experiences.

I grew up poor. My parents were 19 when they h
Crystal (Melanatedreader) Forte'
This book! This book! This book! When you read this book you are going to question whether or not this is really someone’s life. It's shocking, heartbreaking, inspiring, and jaw dropping! Patricia Williams told her truth and did not leave anything out! Can I really give trigger warnings out on an autobiography? I laughed, I emphasized, but I appreciated her truth and loved the way she pieced together this crazy wild ride of a life through her storytelling. It was provocative at moments but not t ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book ripped my damned heart out. No one deserves the upbringing Ms. Pat had. It didn’t set her up for a good life. It was endearing to listen to her speak so candidly. It takes so much courage to put yourself out there; the good and the bad. She’s been through some shit, then some more shit, then even more. You get the idea. But you see where she is now. She has a big heart and you can’t help but love her.
chantel nouseforaname
Honestly I’d never heard of Ms. Pat before today. Briefly mentioned in Nobody’s Victim by Carrie Goldberg, I came to engage in this journey and damn, was it a roller coaster ride! At the last page, I was legit speechless.

Definite TW: child abuse, molestation, sexual assault, domestic violence, drug abuse, drug dealing.. every damn bad thing you could think of..

You know — real talks, Patricia Williams is an amazing storyteller. She brings you so deep, telling a story too familiar for young blac
Orla Hegarty
In 2018 I started trying to read more WoC across all genres and cultures. That led me to connect with other WoC readers in order to FIND ALL THE BOOKS.

I am so grateful that a recent recommendation by chantel nouseforaname directed me to this gem. And just like an actual gem there are some tough layers of grime layered on top. Some grime that as a white cracker I had never heard of (a black women of my age was a crack dealer in the Atlanta ghetto? Damn girl).

I finished this book yesterday and t
Kris Dickinson
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, non-fiction
Well written memoir. This describes the life of the author growing up in a very drug and crime infested area. She had 2 children by the time she was 15, was dealing crack and had been shot twice before she was 20. Through out her life, she tried to rise above, at separate times raising 2 of her sisters children along with her own 4, getting her GED and going to school in order to better herself. Her memoir shows that it doesnt matter where you come from, its where youre going and how you choose ...more
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