A Piece of Cake: A Memoir

A Piece of Cake: A Memoir

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A Piece of Cake: A Memoir by Cupcake Brown, Bahni Turpin

There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness.

Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she’d even turned twenty.

And that’s when things got interesting.

You have in your hands the strange, heart-wrenching, and exhilarating tale of a woman named Cupcake. It begins as the story of a girl orphaned twice over, once by the death of her mother and then again by a child welfare system that separated her from her stepfather and put her into the hands of an epically sadistic foster parent. But there comes a point in her preteen years maybe it’s the night she first tries to run away and is exposed to drugs, alcohol, and sex all at once when Cupcake’s story shifts from a tear-jerking tragedy to a dark comic blues opera. As Cupcake’s troubles grow, so do her voice and spirit. Her gut-punch sense of humor and eye for the absurd, along with her outsized will, carry her through a fateful series of events that could easily have left her dead.

Young Cupcake learned to survive by turning tricks, downing hard liquor, partying like a rock star, and ingesting every drug she could find while hitchhiking up and down the California coast. She stumbled into gangbanging, drug dealing, hustling, prostitution, theft, and, eventually, the best scam of all: a series of 9-to-5 jobs. But Cupcake’s unlikely tour through the cubicle world was paralleled by a quickening descent into the nightmare of crack cocaine use, till she eventually found herself living behind a Dumpster.

Astonishingly, she turned it around. With the help of a cobbled together family of eccentric fellow addicts and angels a series of friends and strangers who came to her aid at pivotalmoments she slowly transformed her life from the inside out.

A Piece of Cake is unlike any memoir you’ll ever read. Moving and almost transgressive in its frankness, it is a relentlessly gripping tale of a resilient spirit who took on the worst of contem-porary urban life and survived it with a furious wit and unyielding determination. Cupcake Brown is a dynamic and utterly original storyteller who will guide you on the most satisfying, startlingly funny, and genuinely affecting tour through hell you’ll ever take.

When it came time for me to talk, I wasn’t sure which parts of my past to tell, which to keep secret, and which to pretend never happened. Uncle Jr. had already seen the welts on my back, so he wasn’t too surprised when I told them about some of the physical abuse I endured at Diane’s. Everyone else hit the roof, except Daddy. He got really quiet and started balling and unballing his fists.

I continued my update. Experience had taught me that adults have trouble accepting the idea of children having sex. I decided that from then on, that part of my life never happened. I picked up the story by telling them about Fly, the Gangstas, and getting shot.

I was dying for a cigarette. So it seemed a good time to announce that I smoked cigarettes and weed.

After a moment Sam looked at me, smiled, and handed me one of her Marlboros. I preferred menthols, but beggars can’t be choosers. I kicked back, took a long drag, and closed my eyes.

Daddy and Jr. were silent. They seemed a bit shocked and unsure about how to respond.

Well, Cup, Jr. said, it’s a little too late to be trying to raise you now. But those cigarettes will kill you. And weed will only lead you to stronger drugs.

He didn’t know how right he was. But for me, it was too late to be worrying about stronger drugs the only worrying I did was whether I could find a connection to get some. So I just smiled, nodded, and took another hit off my cigarette.

The eerie quiet returned.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781415926932
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2006
Edition description: Unabridged

About the Author

Cupcake Brown practices law at one of the nation’s largest law firms and lives in San Francisco.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first non-fiction book that I've ever read, and I must say, it's opened the doors for me to read more of these books. I can't speak for anyone else, and I don't know if anyone feels the same as myself, but, this was truely inspirational, and very well written. It was a little dry in the beginning, but it was a page turner. I love Cupcake for what's she's accomplished, and overcome not many people, let alone women come back from that point. This book really opened my eyes to a lot of things that occur daily in society, and we overlook. I'm only 24yrs. old, and as a child, my mom smoked crack, and I never knew why, or what is was, or effect it had on her mind, or her body, but I see now. I remember her staying up all night, and sleeping all day. Now, she never sold any of our 'my sister and I' things, but she did sell quite a bit of her own, and she would be so ashamed when we asked her about it. She smoked for about 10 yrs. which was much of my child-hood, and I felt so left out as a child. But, what I can say, we were never molested, or mistreated in any way, our family stood in while she was in her addiction, and we never needed, or wanted for anything. Every holiday, or occasion, we had it all. The one thing that still hurts her til this day, was when she stayed up one night getting high, and wasn't able to get me or herself up the next morning to attend my Kindergarten Graduation. She still cries when she thinks about it. As a child, I always wondered why she couldn't just stop, but I know now, that she was addicted, and she couldn't stop on her own. But, just like Cupcake, she prayed, and spoke to God, and has been clean for 15yrs. now. And I thank the Lord for bringing her through, as well as protecting us, as she went through those things. I thank God for Cupcake as well, reading this book, brought me and my mom even closer. And I'd like to thank Cupcake for letting me into her life, to view my own more clearly. God Bless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. It is AMAZING what Cupcake has accomplished. I do, however, find it a little hard to believe that she remembered so much, given how drugged up and drunk she was. Still though, it was an incredible book. Very inspirational and emotional.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. It is truely amazing what this woman went through, and what a strong person she became.
RayeB More than 1 year ago
I loved this Book. It is the best book I have ever read. I buy several copies as gifts every year for Christmas. No matter where you are in life this book will touch and inspire you. It reminds us that every day we are blessed with choices and possibilities to change our lives for the better or to help change the life of another human being for the better.
Cupcake was used as an instrument of Gods love and teachings. A hard life like no other, she lays it all out on the line and exposes her soul. You will be laughing crying and cheering her on.
Be careful, when you read this book you will get lost and not be able to stop until you finish reading it.
Like me, you will be proud and better off of having known a piece a Cupcake Brown.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant get over how emotinaly moving this book is. It made me cry. in the first night of reading it I read 74 pages and stayed up untill 4am reading and barly even noticed. this is by far one of the best book I have ever read! I must worn that is can be very disturbing and emotionaly provoking for some more sensitive readers. But over all it is a grate book and a big eye opener.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommend to ANYONE 16 and over a very long book but it would be a shame to rush a story like this
tell_me_a_story More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful read but i must say i stopped reading it close to the middle. It starts getting boring and predictable. It stop leaving me on the edge of my seat. But up until then this is great read. Some say its unbelievable because she was high so much, but hey maybe some of them memorie came back. Ive know people not know what they did the past two days from a night of partying hard, but later on that month or next mouth they begin to remember and eventually remember everything. so i cant speak on that one i think maybe some of it might been made up but then again i don't think so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I chose this book based on the mostly positive reviews...unfortunately, it did not meet my expections at all. The beginning of the book was compelling - her recount of losing her family to a broken child welfare system. However, everything falls apart very quickly. My main criticism is that I thought this was a story about recovery and redemption, but instead the author glorified her life as a gang banger, prostitute, criminal, child abuser, and wanton drug addict. On and on it went about her ghetto existence, it got so repetitious: same drug using, but different John or different scam. I kept wondering at what point was she going to discuss sobering up and dealing with the bad life choices she made? So, I skipped ahead, and I was disappointed to see that would not happen until almost the end of the book. Frustrated and disgusted by what I felt was a self-indulgent tale defending a terrible lifestyle, I ditched the book. I also questioned the authenticity of her story. If, as she stated, she spent her entire youth, from as early as she could recall, in a drug induced stupor, how could she recall the events of her childhood and early adult years in such vivid detail? In sum, I thought this was a wasted opportunity for the author inspire, or at the very least caution young people to stay away from engaging in the same activities that created her own downward spiral in her earlier days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
at first the story seemed too hard to believe, I guess alot of us just dont want to believe this happens everyday to so many. because she beat the odds and lived to tell it is probably what is the hardest to believe. This book will give others hope when they think there is none, and will open up doors they thought they could never get through. When I first started reading this book I kept thinking this girl is gonna die before its over. It is like rooting for a fighter when he gets knocked down, you scream get up, get up! Every paragraph got you more involved. I would like to recommend other books of inspiration but I cannot think of a one that could equal hers except maybe Helen Keller. In Cupcakes case it was the blindness of others that beat her down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading memoirs, and assumed this would be great based on the reviews, but I was really disappointed. First of all, it is way too long, she repeats the same scenarios over and over. She may have gone through some horrific things in life, but that does not make her a writer. And like mentioned before, for someone in pretty much a drug-induced coma her entire life, she seems to remember a lot. Not worth the time or money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't believe quite a bit of this memoir - I have attorneys in my family and there is no way in the world any of them would hire someone showing cleavage and wearing miniskirts. It just wouldn't happen. Anyway, I finished the book. I couldn't relate to massive amounts 'or any' drug use or abuse etc. Maybe that is part of it, I don't know. I definitely don't recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes tragic and sometimes funny, Cupcake Brown takes us through her incredible life story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I could not put it down. This book goes to show that you can make it through anything life throws at you.
MsIsland4 More than 1 year ago
This book was phenomenal! A truly motivating and inspirational read. After learning of the hardships of this woman and her ultimate triumph was amazing. I have never been more inspired in my life. When those days that I feel that I cannot go on begin to manifest, I recall what obstacles this author had to overcome, and am reminded that it is not that bad. I love it and would definitely recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
Olivia Halvorsen More than 1 year ago
Worth buying!
AKASally More than 1 year ago
Cupcake's memoir was hard to put down at first. Once I got into the middle of the book I could no longer read anymore! It became EXTREMELY repetitive and predicable! It is also hard to believe that she was able to remember somethings that she wrote about CONSIDERING her extreme drug use and drinking! It was a good read until the middle, after that I just got bored and did not want to finish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book was okay, but one thing that got on my nerves is that she repeats herself way to much... Also the same things kept on happening to her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book to read over the holidays and found it be diappointing. The book seemed to only talk about her dealing with drugs and alcohol. After awhile, I got tired of reading about her getting high or drunk and just stop reading it. I feel that she could have written the book in another way to serve as an inspiration or motivation to others that may have the same past or currently are facing the same life challenges as she did.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Gives a different perspective on the life of abuse, drugs, alcoholism, homelessness and overcoming adversity.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Motivating amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me thinking about life very hard , im am currently in dention and this book book makes me want to change my life around just becauc this author went through hell in this book and not trying to be rude but im pretty sure she wrote this book to let other children in th world to not put themselves in the situtions she been in!!!! This book really touched me ,im not even a fan if reading but after this book makes me want to learn more things so i can change myself around , I thought hanging in the streets was fun untill i was introduced to cupcake brown !
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sjobabe86 More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book, I honestly thought it was about food until I read the back cover. Cupcake's story is very intense and interesting from start to finish. She is an amazing woman who has overcome so much in her life. While I have experienced a lot in my life, Cupcake has been through much more and she has shown me that I can overcome anything that life throws at me. I highly recommend this book to anyone but especially to women who struggle in with addiction or sexual abuse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago