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A Piece of Cake: A Memoir – tekijä:…

A Piece of Cake: A Memoir (vuoden 2007 painos)

– tekijä: Cupcake Brown (Tekijä)

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This book is unlike any memoir you'll ever read. Moving in its frankness, it is a relentless tale of a resilient spirit who took on the worst of contemporary urban life and survived it with a furious wit and unyielding determination. Cupcake Brown is a dynamic and original storyteller who will guide you on the most satisfying, startlingly funny, and genuinely affecting tour through hell you'll ever take.--From publisher description.… (lisätietoja)
Teoksen nimi:A Piece of Cake: A Memoir
Kirjailijat:Cupcake Brown (Tekijä)
Info:Broadway Books (2007), 480 pages
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This book is an ugly memoir. I say ugly because what this woman goes through is heartbreaking, shocking and disgusting.

The story reaches far beyond drug and alcohol abuse. Family problems, job failure, school dropouts, impotent foster care systems, abortions, prostitution, gangbanging, rape, stealing, domestic violence ... it’s all in there.

“Friends are like buses,” I uncaringly replied as I took a hit off the joint, “If you miss one, sooner or later, another will come. The names of the routes change, but the ( )
  Thurbiee | Apr 29, 2020 |
Cupcake Brown's life story is unbelievable. She loses her mother as a child and from then on her life spirals out of control. Cupcake writes this story with details of the struggles she was faced with, leaving no room for imagination. After being placed in an abusive foster home, she ran away to start a "better" life for herself, only immediately falling into prostitution and drugs. It is incredible Cupcake survived the many heart-wrenching scenarios she was in, all before she turned 15. Eventually she joined a gang and the drug use continued. We follow Cupcake through her abuse and addictions until finally she reaches recovery through rehab. Cupcake is now an attorney at one of the most popular law firms in the country. She speaks at schools and rehab centers, sharing his story in hopes of inspiring others who are in situations similar to her own.

The book is not written in standard English, and would be considered "poor grammar", but Ms. Brown wrote from her heart with language that is best suited to describe her way of life. From an educator's standpoint, reading this book in class due to it's word choice and detailed descriptions of her impossible suffering, would not be advised in all classroom settings. I would recommend this book to teenage students to read on their own, as her writing is so passionate students would instantly feel a connection. ( )
  Julesjack19 | Jan 31, 2018 |
I had no expectations when I picked this book up for $1 at my local Goodwill, other than the premise sounded interesting. I’ll be honest, the image and the name intrigued me, because I do actually judge a book by its cover. Especially at thrift stores. But what a genuinely great read this turned out to be.

This book starts out through the gate at a full sprint, and it takes a while for it to come down. It’s a memoir of Brown’s life, from the beginning of her journey at 11 when she stumbled upon her mother’s prone body, to her current success as a highly respected lawyer and motivational speaker. Actually, it doesn’t talk largely about who she is now, but how she got to that point in her life. She goes through A HELLUVA LOT. And for a huge majority of the book, it’s incredibly dark. As I was getting to the halfway through point, I had to ask myself when it would get better for her. But it did, of course. This book is highly inspirational, very humbling, and exceptionally moving. It talks about quite a few things that people don’t like to think about, and it is very no holds barred about the situations she gets in and the adversity she faces.

But to me, it really opened my eyes to what some people have to go through and how seriously addiction can mess you up. Actually reading through someone’s first-hand experience of situations that include the following: blowing guys that picked her up as a hitchhiker, being raped, and joining a gang because of a lack of family figures… Well, it’s downright upsetting, and it should be, because these are real experiences that countless people go through every day. So expect every conceivable bad thing you can imagine happening to her, because it did. And she does not shy away from the details. You’ve been warned. Frankly, it just compounds the fact that I live such a charmed life.

An interesting theme that is used throughout the book is the idea that you aren’t that messed up if you have a job. You don’t need help; you’re not even an actual junkie. And this is a belief that not only Brown had, but her drug-addled companions. To them, simply working through the cravings, and often high, still meant that they weren’t “that bad.” This book has several themes throughout: rags to riches, religious redemption, and it’s a highly moralistic, empowering tale. Brown is clearly trying to prove a point with it, but I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. My one actual criticism would be that it is entirely too preachy at the end. According to Brown and her sponsor, you basically can’t find redemption from drugs and addiction unless you believe in God or a higher power. You, as a person, are basically incapable of getting your head above water without divine intervention. That’s cute and all, but I tend to have more of a belief in humanity itself than a higher power.

I think this book is definitely worth a read for anyone seeking motivations to seek help from their drug addiction, and definitely for anyone who has always wondered what it's like to experience it all, and somehow come out on top. ( )
  Lauraborealis | Dec 22, 2016 |
It is about a person childhoods life how what happen to her when she was a little girl and also when her mother died. It was not easy for her to write this book. Brown's confessional memoir is one you can't easily put down. her life is nothing short of a miracle. She survive from her childhood and what she had been threw for the passes years .
  tr4766 | Sep 19, 2016 |
I read this years ago and suddenly just thought of it today.

Cupcake Brown's story is a powerful one and a very honest one. She talks candidly about her involvement with drugs, alcohol and prostitution. I think where the story fell short for me is her recording her drug use. It became almost monotonous (as drug use can be!) with highs, scores and lows. Withdrawals, scores, highs, it was all terribly cyclical and nearly drove me up the wall.

But I enjoyed her writing style and found it a readable book, even though I read it in a time before I really started to enjoy memoirs. I think her story is a testament to the strength and resilience on the human spirit and hard evidence that even people who've been using substances from a young age can get clean.

An exceptional story, to match an exceptional woman.

(tw: drug use, rape, sexual assault, racism, sexism, suicidal ideation and others that I can't remember, sorry!) ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
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This book is unlike any memoir you'll ever read. Moving in its frankness, it is a relentless tale of a resilient spirit who took on the worst of contemporary urban life and survived it with a furious wit and unyielding determination. Cupcake Brown is a dynamic and original storyteller who will guide you on the most satisfying, startlingly funny, and genuinely affecting tour through hell you'll ever take.--From publisher description.

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