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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.
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.
From abused foster child to addicted prostitute to attorney-Brown has quite a story to tell. With a seven-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Brown reads her own horrific memoir of childhood paradise lost, sexual degradation and drug-fueled bad times with a surprising twinkle in her eye. Having made it through to the other side and a stable life, Brown revisits the ugliest places in her past, her matter-of-fact voice refusing to shy away from any of the brutal details. Brown does not milk her story for sympathy (although that is implicit in its very telling); she merely chronicles its twists and turns, its tragic losses and terrible indignities, choosing to honor her past by exposing it in its entirety. Brown's voice is measured and wry, exposing the foibles of her own stunted good sense at the same time as she documents the heinous callousness of the adults who by turns mistreat and neglect her after the untimely death of her mother. Her reading lacks something in emotion and professionalism, but its no-nonsense quality is the mark of an unhurried, self-taught storyteller. Simultaneous release with the Crown hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 21, 2005). (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"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 *