The Autobiography of Ms. Pat

Book - 2017
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Finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature

Finalist for a 2018 Southern Book Prize for Biography and History

"I pounced on [Ms. Pat's] book. And I thought she did such a great job...God, [Rabbit] was entertaining. And I recommended it to so many people." ―David Sedaris, author of the New York Times bestseller Calypso

"An absolute must-read" - Shondaland

"[Rabbit] tells how it went down with brutal honesty and outrageous humor" - New York Times

"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.

Publisher: New York : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2017]
ISBN: 9780062407306
Characteristics: viii, 227 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Amber, Jeannine - Author


From Library Staff

Patricia Williams was born into poverty with an alcoholic mother, ended up dropping out of middle school, had two children by the age of 15, was shot twice and spent time in jail for dealing drugs. At 45, she’s living in a large home in a suburban community and is a successful comic appearing on ... Read More »

Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2017.

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Aug 19, 2020

I absolutely loved this book! I finished in awe of the author’s resilience and ability to forgive.

Mar 18, 2019

I read this book in two days. I would have read it in one but I have to work. I experienced so many emotions when reading this book, I asked so many questions like "How can this happen to a child? Why couldn't anyone report this?" I applaud Ms. Pat for sharing her story and allowing us to see a glimpse of her reality. This is a great book and I recommend everyone to read it!

Mar 04, 2019

Stop everything you are doing and read this book! This book is very eye opening. It makes you cry, it makes you laugh out loud...it is a great memoir!

Feb 03, 2019

Patricia's life is WAY different than mine and how I grew up. It's sad and hard to listen to this book and know there are many people out there who struggle growing up, are abused and turn to a life of crime because that's all they know or it seems like easy money or they just don't know any better. This was an eye opener for me.

Sep 13, 2018

There were several laugh out loud moments throughout this book

Sep 07, 2018

The author grew up during the crack epidemic, raised with 5 kids in the home with an abusive mom, By 13 she was pregnant, and by 16 had 2 kids, and how she was determined to make a better life for her kids. With no education, she quickly learned that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive.
I read this book quickly as it kept my interest, and an eye opener what many go through at a young age, makes me so grateful I was raised in a loving home. At the same time I felt proud of the author Pat. She did a great job in writing this book about her life.

Mar 14, 2018

This book is an easier, more comic read than "Random Family" though it seemingly features the same exact people. They're not the exact same people in actuality, but a type of people: those living in utter poverty, those who grow up without parenting, those who have children when they're still babies themselves. The co-author though, got the tone exactly right on this one. There's no pity and always an amusing and compelling through-narrative. I really, really enjoyed this read. I feel like I'd like to see Ms. Pat on the comedy circuit but also that I might have already read most of her stories. Still, I'd want to come out and see her to support her and give her two big thumbs up.

Mar 05, 2018

I loved this book. I was hooked from the epigraph. At times it can be very hard to read. The situations so raw that you are left reading with your mouth half open. The end is so worth it. You root for her the entire time and in the end I think she wins. Love wins.

Dec 18, 2017

Listen to this book. Much of it is sad, but faith, hope and love overcome the sadness, and the greatest of these is love.


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