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  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    “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 uestion where she lived at her grandfather’s house24 7 bardistillery was not long for this world When a woman he was paying to have sex with his disabled son insulted him Gramps shot her Buh bye residence any form of stability and affection of a non toxic sort from an adult family member It goes downhill from thereMs Pat image from the Washington Post – by Chris Bergin To the extent that Williams had a childhood at all it was one Thomas Hobbes described for people bereft of society and laws poor nasty brutish and short She was subjected to serial sexual abuse as a pre teen became pregnant at thirteen and had her second child when she was fifteen the baby daddy a feckless twenty something married man who thought nothing of routinely having sex with a child Her mother Mildred was an alcoholic who offered Rabbit no affection at all She was a woman who used a handgun to enforce her wishes at home She was delusional and violent driving away the one good man who was interested in her and her kids She managed to stay in a relationship with another man who brought the family groceries allowing him to regularly abuse her young daughters She enlisted her children to commit crimes Left to her own devices at 15 when her crack selling baby daddy of both her children got pinched leaving her with no money coming in Rabbit did what she needed to do to put food on the table sold crack on street corners And she made a living at that well until she got arrested and spent some uality time in Fulton County JailThis is I’ll bet a life very unlike yours or mine And one must wonder if faced with the challenges of her upbringing the barriers some self erected how we might have fared Would we have managed to make a respectable life for ourselves? Would we have made the many bad choices Williams made as a kid forced to function as an adult? Today Patricia Williams under the professional stage name Ms Pat is a successful forty something stand up comedian with a TV series featuring her life in development She has raised four of her own children and plenty whom relatives had been unable to bring up on their own Rabbit image from WNYCORGWhat allowed her to break out while so many others remain mired in a toxic culture many in her own family? One could say that it is making a decision and sticking to it But many others have made such decisions and not found the wherewithal Is it a matter of dumb luck to run into the person who will stand by you just when you are open to it? Some inner strength? Divine intercession? Dunno But clearly all the above contributed William’s tale is both a chilling and uplifting story with considerable detail on the depravities of ghetto life but also on the potential for hope and for goodness when caring people step in to help make things right At the end of the book she makes a point of noting the people who came to her aid throughout her life referring to them as “Angels” Her stories of their impact on her are beautifully told and incredibly moving If her story of a remedial teacher who encourages her when others had turned a blind eye to her illiteracy a teacher who goes incredibly beyond simple teaching to seeing Rabbit for who she is and taking concrete simple steps to nurture her does not bring you to tears there is something wrong with your ducts She found similar nurturing in warm perceptive social workers and most of all in the man she met and would marry They don’t make ‘em any better than him Williams’s facility with language is considerable She had a gift for defensive and offensive verbal blasting that served her well in her native environment You do not want her sizing you up for some straight up put downs It would hurt That comes across in the book but much so in her performances see links below Doing Stand up at Morty’s Joint in Indianapolis image from WBURORG – photo by Chris Begin if the Washington PostWhen she was a kid growing up in an Atlanta ghetto Williams had a dream of a better life Inspired by the TV show she imagined having a Leave It To Beaver existence a calm suburban private home with a yard plenty of space and no gunfire on the street or drug dealing on the corner She never stopped trying for that and ultimately saw the dream become a reality Her life there will be the basis for her showI have included in EXTRA STUFF some links to interviews with and performances by Ms Pat I strongly urge you to dip in The book totally captures her actual voiceWhile some will point out that Williams contributed to some dark days in American history with her involvement with drug dealing among other crimes it is worth bearing in mind the context in which those behaviors arose how old she was and what guidance she had or didn’t have as a child Also that she served time for her activities and has made a very successful effort to turn her life around In addition she has paid forward the love that was given her by raising a slew of children not her own keeping many of them from repeating the family pattern of adolescent pregnancy drug abuse and public dependence She has made a life out of what could easily have been and has been for many a dumpster fire Patricia Williams has taken life on been tough and resourceful determined and loving Her book is a remarkable achievement that follows Maya Angelou’s advice Rabbit kicks assReview posted – August 24 2018Publication date hardcover August 22 2017 paperback – May 22 2018EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal Twitter and FB pagesItems of interest NY Times and A Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book Patricia Williams Goes From Crime to Comedy Auguse 20 2017 by John Williams How Ms Pat overcame drugs prison and abuse — and rose to comedy stardom March 8 2018 by Geoff Edgers Video Stand Up Comedy Live Gotham Comedy Club – hosted by Gabe Kaplan Audio – Here is Ms Pat’s appearance on Mark Maron’s WTF Podcast from around 1000There are many clips to be found in the usual places

  2. Erin Erin says:

    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 writerWho 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 drugsHaha Also there was a serial killer if you believe the police and media killing little black kids one of which was her cousin This is the world that Ms Pat was born and raised in She grew up in a illegal liuor house had an alcoholic mother who should have never had kids got pregnant at 12 by a 20 year old married man had two kids by 15 Had to drop out of school in 8th grade sold drugs to support her two kids and her sisters four kids also ran a check scam for a bit before meeting her husband and turning her life around and having two kids and becoming a comedian Ms Pat experienced everything Life threw its worst at her but she never gave up and came out on top in the end I loved this book and would highly recommend it to readers who love stories about people who overcame obstacles and like to laugh

  3. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Audiobookread by the author Patricia WilliamsA true story that’s sad with a happy ending by a terrific natural storyteller Some specific detailsPatricia shares are so phenomenal and so inspiringthat 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 changeExcellent Audiobook Thank you Erin I’m lacking sleep but once I read your review yesterday and got a copy myself started itthis Audiobook I were connected at the hip non stop

  4. Peter Monn Peter Monn says:

    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

  5. Lauren Cecile Lauren Cecile says:

    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 absent baby daddies and burgeoning crack epidemic the heroine found stability and happinessIn fact the prologue finds her reminiscing from her suburban Indiana home overlooking an idyllic duck pond

  6. Katie B Katie B says:

    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 have had a little help along the way but she deserves all the credit in the world for overcoming really crappy odds Pat grew up in Atlanta one of five children Her single mother did very little to provide for her family other than stealing and getting donations from just about every church in the area By the age of fifteen Pat was a single mother of two With not many options available to support herself and children she hustled to get by But a life of crime usually comes with conseuences When you hit the bottom you can either stay there or fight your way to the topThere were two things in the book that just really stood out to me and I won't soon forget The first was Pat's mom told her white people were better than her I mean how does that not affect the self esteem of a child? How would that not crush your hopes and dreams that you could achieve anything you want in life? The other moment was when Pat was told she deserved better than her abusive boyfriend She said other people told her he was scum but it wasn't until someone told her she didn't deserve it that it really sunk in It just really blew my mind that essentially people were telling her the same thing all along but it was the specific wording that made her finally understand It really goes to show that if you know someone in an abusive relationship don't ever stop telling them that they are worth something until they finally believe in themselvesThe only reason this wasn't a five star read for me is I thought sometimes certain things were glossed over For example a pretty big part of the story talks about her difficulty in finding a job and keeping it But yet it doesn't really get into how she got the job where her husband works There were a few times in the book that I wished there were details Overall though this is definitely a compelling read and I recommend it to anyone who loves reading about people who overcome difficult oddsI won a free ebook from Bookshout and the publisher I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion

  7. Eris Eris says:

    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 it is impossible to put down This was polished off within 24 hours

  8. Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell says:

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestIf you take away one thing from this book make it this she called President Jimmy Carter the N word and gave him a free cheeseburgerOkay 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 uarantine 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 this is a great one to add to the list because not only is it really fucking funny it also is a serious reminder of how much poverty is influenced by racist infrastructures that perpetuate segregation on an institutional level and let people slip through the cracksJeannine Amber who co wrote this memoir has a great author's note at the back where she says that part of the reasons she wanted to be involved with this memoir was because she felt like there were way books that showed what it's like to be young Black and poor but often the female perspective was omitted And I think that's often true across the board but probably especially for Black womenPatricia Williams is now a comedian named Ms Pat and Rabbit was her childhood nickname turned street name when she was selling drugs in the street She talks about her bootlegger grandfather who kept a chain around his fridge and didn't think twice about shooting people who interrupted his favorite television shows; this is the first story and it's told with fondness because she says it's the only time in her childhood that she never went hungryWilliams's mom was abusive physically firing guns in the house to get their attention beatings and neglectfully no food in the house facilitating child abuse One of her mother's boyfriends touched her and her sister when they were kids and when at twelve she was seeing the twenty year old who got her pregnant with her first two kids her mother basically just lifted an eyebrow and decided it was none of her business Shortly afterwards she turned to selling drugs to keep her and her kids fed which eventually landed her in jail One of her caseworkers turned her to comedy which she became a raging success at both because of her candor and for her penchant for turning tragedy into humorI loved the positive influences in her life the teacher Ms Troup who brought her clothes and personal hygiene products for her to use before class so she wouldn't get bullied by other students broke my heart That is the epitome of good teaching and I wish all teachers were that compassionate I also loved the social worker who was so good to her when she was thirteen and pregnant and really tried so hard to get her all of the information and options she could It made the bad influences even awful like her creepy adult boyfriend and the molester who groomed her as a childThis is a pretty depressing story but it has a happy ending and it shows why it's so offensive to romanticize a hard scrabble life I think there's a tendency in the US to think of suffering as the way of life like it's the first step in a long stairway that leads to success when actually it's like a trapdoor without a ladder And that trapdoor is often way bigger and steeper for people of color than it is for white people Selling drugs is obviously not great but when that's the only option other than starving it becomes pretty clear why people turn to crime for lack of better solutionsI really enjoyed this book and loved her sense of humor and honesty I think others will too35 stars

  9. Rachel Rachel says:

    5 Brightly Shining Hopeful StarsI cannot decide whether this memoir made me want to laugh or want to cry oftenSUMMARYRight up front Miss Pat aka “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 an illegal liuor housebar that her grandfather ran until he was arrested for shooting one of his customers because she interrupted him while he was watching TV Isn’t that just the way everyone’s Grandfather acts?? And I guess I need to blame my middle class upbringing but I had no idea there was still a such thing as an illegal liuor house I thought those disappeared with prohibition Pat fought her way through poverty at a level most Americans have no idea still exists in our country This story has a rare happy ending she ended up happily married and raising her children along with various the children of family members at any given time in a beautiful suburban neighborhood The road between the ‘hood and a cushy suburban life was not an easy one for Pat She became pregnant at the age of 13 had two children before she was 15 By the time she was 16 she was living on her own raising not only her two children but four additional family members supporting them selling crack on the street corner Sadly even though she was only 16 and selling crack she was by far these children’s best option as a caregiverguardian There were a few people who helped her gain the life skills she needed along the way to leave her former life behind and become the person she is today Her husband Michael who met her when she was still selling crack and showed her a better way to live patiently supporting her journey along the way There were two social workers and a teacher who also took an interest in helping her Also a very nice man who owned the laundromat in front of which she sold her drugs he watched her children and helped with their homework while she sold drugs in front of his shop She always believed that she would do better for her children than her mother did for her and she definitely succeededWHAT I LOVEDMiss Pat tells an amazing story of courage will power crazy schemes unbelievable poverty and does it all with such humor and honesty that I found myself wanting to both laugh and cry simultaneously At one point she is talking about the boyfriend she had when she was 13 This man was 20 He was also married with a baby and another one on the way She had no idea about any of those until she found herself pregnant at the age of 13 with his child She says “ Derrick and I went everywhere together In the mornings he would pick me up in his Chevy Nova and drive me to Dean Rusk elementary where I was the only girl in seventh grade whose boyfriend had a car” Such a horrifyingly sad statement yet the way she says it makes it sound funny It was always shocking to me how she was simultaneously so naïve yet knew way too much for her age This was the case of babies raising babies with literally no adult guidance I have an incredible amount of respect for what she managed to achieve I have a 13 year old son I feel very certain he couldn’t even change the baby’s diaper let alone be responsible for another human being He has just now figured out how to feed himself by ordering a sandwich from the Jimmy John’s delivery app which by the way is connected directly to my debit cardWHAT I DIDN’T LOVEThe only thing I could say I didn’t love about this book was that some parts were extremely hard to read Watching this child having to be alone while giving birth at the age of 13 being prayed upon by older man who should have never been allowed anywhere near her She and her siblings being hungry and never even having a toothbrush It was difficult to read at certain points to say the least OVERALLOverall this a fantastic book It was extremely well written I appreciate Miss Pat sharing her story with us I also would love to sit down sometime and listen to her tell her stories I think she is an amazing person and I have a tremendous amount of respect for her

  10. Ta& Ta& says:

    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 Hope to see and hear from Ms Pat in the future 👏👏

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Rabbit [Read] ➪ Rabbit By Patricia Williams – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 agains 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 meComedian 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 she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior; by she was pregnant By Pat was a mother of two Alone at 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 uickly 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.

  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Rabbit
  • Patricia Williams
  • 09 April 2015
  • 9780062407306