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A Piece Of Cake (Paperback)

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Paperback 544 Pages / Published: 02/10/2006
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The No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller 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 16 she stumbled into the terrifying world of the gangsta, dealing drugs, hustling and only just surviving a drive-by shooting. 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 Piece of Cake is a redemptive, gripping tale of a resilient spirit who took on the worst of contemporary urban life and survived it. It is also the most genuinely affecting rollercoaster ride through hell and back that you will ever take.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780553818178
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"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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“A Piece of Cake”

this book is brutally honest and equally captiviating, i could not put it down once i started to read. i felt moved and close to tears at times.

Paperback edition
21st March 2007
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“A Piece of Cake”

This book is the best book I have EVER read. It is a very hard read, and a harsh account of how easily a childs welfare can be forgotten. As hard as it was to read, i could not put it down, and it made me truely... More

Paperback edition
22nd April 2007
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“A Piece of Cake”

I'm the type of person that judges a book by its cover. I think I should listen to the actual saying more often. This book is excellent. The type of book that catches your attention from the very first page. It... More

Paperback edition
23rd April 2007
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