Rabbit: A Memoir

Patricia Williams (Author) Jeannine Amber (Author)


Currently a stand-up comedian, the circumstances of Pat Williams's childhood was the furthest thing from a laugh. Nicknamed Rabbit, Pat grew up in a tough neighborgood in Atlanta. She had her first child at 14. She had her second at 15. During her teens, she became a drug dealer, was arrested numerous times, and was shot twice. It wasn't until she was 19 that she met a 21-year-old veteran who encouraged and helped her to get out of the life.

A remarkably bold and inspiring story of crime, motherhood, and redemption--not since Cupcake Brown's A Piece of Cake has there been a memoir this unforgettable.

--Lee Daniels, creator of Empire

Product Details

$15.99  $14.71
Dey Street Books
Publish Date
May 22, 2018
5.3 X 0.6 X 8.1 inches | 0.4 pounds
BISAC Categories:

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Patricia Williams, originally from Illinois, was, for 27 years, a professor of Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Although always a vociferous reader, she did not begin writing poetry until early in 2013, after she retired from teaching. "I feel that art, design, music and the literary arts are natural partners-all creatively examine life and living. Poetry is a search for the universal in the personal. Some poems can be taken at face value, some have layers. Each of us reads a poem through our own life filter and each takes away a different understanding or experience." Williams' poems have been published in a variety of print and online journals and anthologies. The Port Side of Shadows, her first chapbook, reflects traveling not only in the physical sense, but in those "uncharted places" of the spirit and the imagination. She lives with her husband in rural central Wisconsin, where she is at work on a new chapbook about country living. Williams has three sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

Award-winning journalist Jeannine Amber lives in Brooklyn with her daughter, Niko, and their little dog, Bubbles. You can read more of her work at JeannineAmber.com.


"Like Ms. Pat, I grew up in the hood during the crack epidemic, but I've never read anything like Rabbit. I didn't know a story this sad could make me laugh so hard. That's the comic genius of Ms. Pat!"--Loni Love, co-host of The Real
"Both savagely honest and often genuinely funny, this is the story of how a resilient woman survived a harrowing early life and found unexpected salvation through humor."--Kirkus
"This is, in short, a humdinger of a memoir - mesmerizing"--Buffalo News
"She was able to elevate her personal stories of horror, sadness, violence, insanity into something that people can understand and relate to and see into a world that many of us don't know."
--Marc Maron
"Unforgiving and darkly hilarious."--Washington Post
"Ms. Pat, gives readers insight into what it's really like to be young black woman growing up in America."--TODAY.com
"Rabbit tells how it went down with brutal honesty and outrageous humor in unexpected places."--New York Times
"Riveting...this is one autobiography that should not be missed."--Huffington Post
"As heartbreaking as it is darkly hilarious, Rabbit will make you wipe away both tears of joy and sorrow...a memoir filled with wit and wisdom...Honest, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny, Williams' book is an absolute must-read."--Shondaland
"Her story is one that dares everyone reading it to dream bigger."--Bust Magazine
"An extraordinary memoir...[Rabbit] is both uproariously funny and heartbreakingly sad... Despite all the difficult parts, Ms. Pat's story reminds us that redemption is always possible, and that love and humor can heal all wounds."--Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
"Rabbit feels like you are sitting in Williams' living room, listening to her tell story after story over a cup of coffee. Somehow she's managed to pull hilarity out of heartache. And when you are done laughing, you rejoice, her final words ringing in your ears."--USA Today
"People say "I laughed and I cried" and it sounds like a cliché. But Rabbit really took me there. It's everything--poignant, heartbreaking and hilarious--all at once. I couldn't put it down."--Lee Daniels, creator of Empire
"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