Ms. Pat's story is nothing short of unbelievable. Two kids and a successful crack dealing business by the time she was 15, this is a story of an imperfect journey from a hopeless situation to success.
I think everyone needs to read Ms. Pat's book to understand the realities that some kids have to deal with every day and how the belief and support of a few key people can sometimes make all the difference. Williams has spun her terrifying upbringing and early adulthood struggles into a compelling, hilarious, and scary tale. I want everyone to meet Ms. Pat! I enjoyed it via our digital audiobook service Libro.fm. I recommend you try it that way or come by and get a hardback from us!
Nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature
"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.