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How to Rob a Bank in Drag: A True Story of Odd LGBT Issues

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"Mistresses of Disguise Guilty in Bank Heists" It just keeps getting weirder. In a true story, the author writes of a brutal childhood interrupted by occasional spurts of Disneyland and ponies. After a fumbled ax attack by her mother, she takes to the streets at 14 years old.She is prey looking for a predator. Predators she finds, as well as the unlikeliest of heroes. Ther ...more
Kindle Edition, 523 pages
Published April 14th 2019 by Images Outdoor Inc.
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Mary Tonningsen
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, let me say that this is the first book I've finished in at least 6 yrs, maybe longer. I have a disability that makes reading difficult, so despite my eagerness to read over the last 10 yrs, it's always difficult for me to get through a book. This book, so beautifully written, kept me turning pages until the wee hours of the morning for 4 nights. I probably could have read it in 2 nights, but I loved it so much that I didn't want it to end, so I 'made it last'. This book is a roller coaste ...more
Lois
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How to Rob a Bank in Drag: A True Story of ODD LGBT Issues, by Dawn Lawson, is the tale of one woman’s progression from being a 14-year-old runaway from an emotionally battered childhood to where, at the age of 53, as a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, she is able to reflect on, and recount the saga of her journey through life. With a father who was, thankfully, consistently supportive of her, and with growing realization of her own nature as a gay young woman with an addictive personality, ...more
Briana Alzola
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given this book through a Goodreads giveaway and I was delighted to win it.

I will start by saying there is a LOT to love about this book. This is someone who has gone through more in their life than I thought possible. How does one person be chased by their mom with an ax, work as a camel tender, work in a mannequin factory, save rescue dogs, battle addiction ... and that's not even getting to the bank robbery bit yet? I enjoyed Dawn's writing a lot and there were absolutely fascinating st
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Patricia
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was going to be humorous but it was not. Robbing a bank was a very small part of this story. The real story is about child abuse and the horrible effects it had on this woman throughout her life. My heart went out to her. It is also about dedicating your life to rescuing animals. Dawn took her pain and experiences and put her love and energy into the love of dogs. God bless you Dawn for your love and work with animals It is so needed in the world today. It was a good story to ...more
Mary
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Throughly enjoyed the storyline and read
JoAnn Summerson
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazing true story about one woman's journey through pain , tragedy, & heartache and still have love left to give to her senior dogs. ...more
Jenna Bachman
Really compelling memoir that explores the ripple effects of trauma and how we can fight to make better lives for ourselves. Lawson writes with an earnestness that keeps the reader drawn in; you laugh and cry with her as she writes about some of the best and hardest moments of her life. Her introspection is equal parts witty and insightful, a true hallmark of a good memoir.

I really appreciated reading about her journey through dog rescue as a way to ground herself as someone who also rescues an
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Bridget
Apr 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
The premise of this book was interesting and promising - how the author went from an abusive background to alcohol/drug addiction to finally getting back on her feet. In reality, the book was a mess. The timeline jumped around erratically, often without giving the reader enough background on the new people introduced and resulting in the feeling that you somehow didn't read a chapter. It was also extremely repetitive. A judicial editing would make the story clearly and more impactful: instead it ...more
Rachel Garrod
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I laughed and cried and felt incredibly moved by both Dawn´s plight and her great humour and resilience. She did rob a bank, but she did so much more. She gave so much to all those who loved her and saved, as she continues to do, dogs, cats and the most challenging of all - the people in her life. Dawn´s life affirming story grips you from page 1. Thank you Dawn for your honesty, bravery and sheer balls!
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Dawn Lawson lives in Northern California with a tolerant roommate, an invisible roommate, a pack of dogs, and a four pound cat who tolerates nothing.

Dink the cat has passed since the publication of this book. She still tolerates nothing.

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