Monday, January 30, 2012

A Piece of Cake, by Cupcake Brown

Barnes & Noble

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…

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.  

Two thoughts about this book:
  1. I have no idea how Ms. Brown survived her childhood. It was painful to listen to and think about a kid going through what she did. 
  2. The audiobook felt twice as long as it needed to be. There was a lot of repetition and I kept thinking "yeah, you've already said that a couple of times." Maybe it doesn't feel that way in the print version.  

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