Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat

Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat
By Patricia Williams, Jeannine Amber

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“[Rabbit] tells how it went down with brutal honesty and outrageous humor” – New York Times

“Unforgiving and darkly hilarious” – Washington Post

“I know a lot of people think they know what it’s like to grow up in the hood. Like maybe they watched a couple of seasons of The Wire and they got the shit all figured out. But TV doesn’t tell the whole story.” – Ms. Pat

They called her Rabbit.

Patricia Williams (aka Ms. Pat) was born and raised in Atlanta at the height of the crack epidemic. One of five children, Pat watched as her mother struggled to get by on charity, cons, and petty crimes. At age seven, Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At twelve, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior. 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 no job skills and an eighth-grade education, her options were limited. She learned quickly that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive. Rabbit is an unflinching memoir of cinematic scope and unexpected humor. With wisdom and humor, Pat gives us a rare glimpse of what it’s really like to be a black mom in America.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #19875 in Books
  • Published on: 2017-08-22
  • Released on: 2017-08-22
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.00" h x .85" w x 6.00" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 240 pages

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review
An Amazon Best Book of August 2017: In many ways Patricia Williams’ has led an extraordinary life. Raised in a family of alcoholics and hustlers, she was at ground zero when the crack epidemic of the 1980s hit the impoverished neighborhoods of inner city Atlanta. Her mother taught her to roll drunks by the time she was eight; if they were hungry enough she and her siblings would go to the ER and wait for the candy stripers to come through with sandwiches for waiting families. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In the third grade Williams—nicknamed Rabbit—first saw the possibility of a different life, thanks to a teacher who took a sympathetic interest. But the rules and role models in the rest of her world had a stronger pull, and soon enough Williams began to model the success she saw every day—in the drug dealers. As you read Williams’ memoir it’s impossible not to be shocked and bewildered. But you will also feel compassion. And Williams not only allows you to laugh, she makes it damn near impossible not to. Her wit and levity, hand-in-hand with hardship, mistakes, and self-discovery, makes Williams’ memoir, Rabbit, impressive and memorable. --Seira Wilson, Amazon Book Review

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“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)

“Not only is Ms. Pat FUNNY as hell...But it wasn’t until I read Rabbit that I discovered how much she’s really been through. Ms. Pat survived PTA meetings and getting shot. That’s some real-ass shit!” (Roseanne Barr)

“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)

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

“Unforgiving and darkly hilarious.” (Washington Post)

“So harrowing it is almost too much to fathom.” (USA Today)

“Riveting…this is one autobiography that should not be missed.” (Huffington Post)

“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)

“This is, in short, a humdinger of a memoir – mesmerizing” (Buffalo News)

“Ms. Pat, gives readers insight into what it’s really like to be young black woman growing up in America.” (TODAY.com)

“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)

From the Back Cover

“I know a lot of people think they know what it’s like to grow up in the hood. Like maybe they watched a couple of seasons of The Wire and they got the shit all figured out. But TV doesn’t tell the whole story.” –Ms. Pat

They called her Rabbit. 

Patricia Williams (aka Ms. Pat) was born and raised in Atlanta at the height of the crack epidemic. One of five children, Pat watched as her mother struggled to get by on charity, cons, and petty crimes. At age seven, Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At twelve, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior. 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 no job skills and an eighth-grade education, her options were limited. She learned quickly that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive.

Rabbit is an unflinching memoir of cinematic scope and unexpected humor. With wisdom and humor, Pat gives us a rare glimpse of what it’s really like to be a black mom in America. 


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5and recommended it to my network
By Vienna
[[VIDEOID:ed2235ab4b898dd5217af0a8b1c5eb24]] I read this book within 48 hours of receiving it, and even reached out to congratulate the author, and recommended it to my network. I was not familiar with Ms. Pat or her work in stand-up, so this was a random purchase, yet excellent choice. Ms. Pat tells a well-paced story, weaving her difficult and often tearful past with humor that can only be seen as a survival tool. Throughout, I was rooting for the protagonist, a young Black girl growing up in Atlanta in the 80's, becoming an "entrepreneur" at the height of the crack era. The author walks you through what it's like for the "discarded" and "forgotten" young Black girls growing up in our inner cities. The book addresses generational trauma and its personal, economic, social, and psychological outcomes. I will continue to recommend to others because of the young Ms. Pat's perseverance, generosity, and will to dream in spite of her reality. When you complete this book, maybe you will find her (on social media, of course) and thank her, like I did.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Buy this book!
By J. Trask
It's the next Angela's Ashes, but funnier. Ms. Pat is an inspiration!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Strap in folks because Ms Pat's autobiography is one hell ...
By Casey Carrow
Strap in folks because Ms Pat's autobiography is one hell of a ride. Should be mandatory reading for social workers, comics and SJW Snowflakes.

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