Finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature
Finalist for a 2018 Southern Book Prize for Biography and History
"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.
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About the Author
Patricia Williams, the fifth child of an alcoholic single mother, came of age in Atlanta at the height of the crack epidemic. At 12, she had her first boyfriend; by 15 she was a mother of two. Williams wanted to give her children the kind of life she’d always dreamed of, but with no education or job skills her options were slim. Thus began Williams’ lucrative career as a drug dealer. After numerous run-ins with the law and a stint behind bars, Williams decided to turn her life around. She now goes by the stage name Ms. Pat and enjoys a successful career as a comedian. Williams lives in Indianapolis with her husband and three children.
Award-winning journalist Jeannine Amber lives in Brooklyn with her daughter, Niko.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Bear Cat 5
Chapter 2 Hot Lead 13
Chapter 3 Struggling and Scheming 19
Chapter 4 Angel in Leather Boots 31
Chapter 5 Devil in Disguise 37
Chapter 6 First Dance 43
Chapter 7 Love Lesson 51
Chapter 8 Age of Consent 57
Chapter 9 Love and Options 63
Chapter 10 Wife on the Side 69
Chapter 11 It's Time 75
Chapter 12 Baby Formula 83
Chapter 13 Hustlers and the Weak 91
Chapter 14 Night Crawlers 99
Chapter 15 Partners in Crime 105
Chapter 16 Mama on the Block 111
Chapter 17 The Breakup 123
Chapter 18 Aim Higher 133
Chapter 19 Locked Up 143
Chapter 20 Hood Wisdom 153
Chapter 21 Mr. Nice Guy 163
Chapter 22 Four More 173
Chapter 23 Letting Go 181
Chapter 24 Job Readiness 187
Chapter 25 Eight Minus Four 197
Chapter 26 Angels 203
How This Book Came To Be 219
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Amazing and inspiring story!
Thank you for sharing what you thought you would never share. I agree angels were watching over you.
Great read from beginning to end!
Definite page turning.... Hilarious and heart renching. kudos to the hustle and the come-up.
Very interesting read. Great writer.
I read this book in one day! I just couldn’t put it down. I had so many emotions while reading it.
I could not put this book down. It inspired me and I would share with anyone. You yourself are an angel Ms. Pat thank you for this journey with your life.
I read this book in one night. It's funny, sad, enlightening, inspiring, etc. A success story that I hope continues. It's always nice to hear about people doing well and finding happiness in life...
Rabbit definitely got knocked down quite a few times before she saw the light. She holds nothing back when she talks about her life and how she seemed to follow in her mom’s shoes until her time in jail when she met other women who were like her. She wanted to change, she swore she was going to change but when she was released, it was too easy to fall back into her old ways. She needed a nudge, a threat, a constant reminder of the potential that she had within her to change. That prod and force was Michael. Growing up in the 1980’s, she was being raised by a single mother with four other siblings. In the hood, her mother liked her alcohol and her pot, her children were secondary. Their grandfather took the family in and Rabbit didn’t realize how well she had it until he was hauled off to jail. Her grandfather residence was actually a bootlegging house where he mixed his potions and individuals drank until they passed out. By the time Rabbit was fifteen, she had two children under the age of two, she was single with no education past the seventh grade. She wanted more for herself and her children but how was she going to get it? As I read this novel, I could feel the struggle that Rabbit was battling. She felt locked within her situation and couldn’t see a way out. She wanted more for herself and her children but she didn’t know how to get herself out of the spiral she falling into. She knew she needed money but without an education she couldn’t get a deceit job so she did what she saw others doing. She couldn’t think outside her world, she didn’t know how. When she landed in jail, she was exposed to others who gave her the tools to look outside her world, to be resourceful so she could find other solutions but when she was released, she was delivered right back into her old world where she already had a pattern. She needed something or someone to push her off course. This was an interesting read and I appreciated Rabbit’s honesty to show her readers the life that she led. I found myself agreeing to some of the notions that Rabbit emphasized in this novel, she brought up some fantastic points. I thought Rabbit was a kind soul from the beginning but her situation didn’t allow for it to be revealed until later in life.
Awesome book. Couldn't put it down.