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 crack epidemic.

One of five children, Pat watched as her alcoholic mother struggled to get by on charity, cons and petty crimes. At seven Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At 12, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior; by 13 she was pregnant. By 15 Pat was a mother of two.

Alone at 16, 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 that offers a rare glimpse into the harrowing reality of life on America’s margins, resilience, determination, and the transformative power of love.

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  • Erin
    Dec 31, 1969


    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 ...

  • Eris
    Dec 31, 1969


    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 ...

  • Ta'Quanna
    Dec 31, 1969


    Great readLast 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....

  • Brian
    Dec 31, 1969


    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...

  • Samantha
    Dec 31, 1969


    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 becom...

  • Kris Dickinson
    Dec 31, 1969

    Kris Dickinson

    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...

  • Pamela Scott
    Dec 31, 1969

    Pamela Scott

    (copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)Rabbit: A Memoir touched me in a way tha a book hasn’t in a long time.By the time I was reading the epilogue I was crying so hard I could hardly see. This is not an easy memoir to read. It’s raw and damn p...

  • Gem ~ Bee
    Dec 31, 1969

    Gem ~ Bee

    This memoir is both heartbreaking and uplifting; told with such candour and gritty detail about the abject poverty 'Rabbit' experienced as a child . I wasn't familiar with Ms Pat's comedy career before reading this book, which I will now rectify, but it didn't matter, this story grabs ...

  • Casey
    Dec 31, 1969


    Such a raw, honest, and real look at what growing up can look like for some. I felt compassion and empathy but never pity for Ms Pat as I think she wanted. I loved this book with all my heart. I loved Ms Pat. I loved how clear she was in what she wanted her story to be and I love that ...

  • Nic Spaulding
    Dec 31, 1969

    Nic Spaulding

    This book could very easily be dismissed as another ghetto story written so white people can get a glimpse of the hardships in the inner city. What makes it different is the voice of the author and her ability to describe painful experiences in a way that even when your heart is broken...