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This is the heart-wrenching true story of a girl named Cupcake and it begins when, aged eleven, she is orphaned and placed in the care of sadistic foster parents. 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, deeply disturbing journey through hell. Cupcake learned to survive by turning tricks, downing hard liquor and ingesting every drug she could find while hitchhiking up and down the California coast. At just sixteen, she stumbled into the terrifying world of the gangsta, dealing drugs, hustling and only just surviving a drive-by shooting. But, ironically, it was Cupcake s rapid descent into the nightmare of crack cocaine addiction that finally saved her. After one four-day crack binge she woke up behind a dumpster. Half-dressed and half-dead, she finally realized she had to change her life or die on the streets another trash-can addict, another sad statistic. Astonishingly, Cupcake turned her life around and this is her brutally frank, startlingly funny story. Unlike any memoir you will ever read, A P
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There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, 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.

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Cupcake Brown was born in San Diego, in the heart of the ghetto. After years of living on the streets, addicted to both alcohol and hard drugs, she managed to turn her life around. Following years of dedicated study, she achieved her ambition, graduating from law school in the spring of 2001. She now practices law at one of America's largest law firms and is a motivational speaker. You can catch up with Cupcake via her website: cupcakebrown.com She lives in San Francisco.

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"It dazzles you with the amazing change that is possible in one lifetime. We see a woman learn to build a family from strangers who help her because she is another human being trying to overcome horrendous circumstances. It is a story that is poetic in its simplicity, beautifully stripped to the basics" * Washington Post * "Extraordinary... An engaging account of a remarkable life filled with pain and wisdom, hope and redemption" * San Francisco Chronicle * "Her story of survival and triumph is incredible and often rough. Readers who like gritty, urban nonfiction will enjoy this" * Booklist * "Want to be inspired by a story that's far from run-of-the-mill? Curl up with Cupcake Brown's harrowing, sugar-free memoir..." * Marie Claire * "Incredibly frank and funny memoir " * Closer *

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