A Piece of Cake: A Memoir by Cupcake Brown

A Piece of Cake: A Memoir

byCupcake Brown

Kobo ebook | February 28, 2006

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The heart-wrenching, uplifting tale about a woman named Cupcake

“[Cupcake] Brown’s confessional . . . memoir is one you can’t easily put down. Her life is nothing short of a miracle.”—Chicago Sun-Times

*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, and homelessness.

Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she’d even turned twenty.

And that’s when things got interesting. . .*

Orphaned by the death of her mother and left in the hands of a sadistic foster parent, young Cupcake Brown learned to survive by turning tricks, downing hard liquor, 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.

A Piece of Cake is unlike any memoir you’ll ever read. Moving in its frankness, this is the most satisfying, startlingly funny, and genuinely affecting tour through hell you’ll ever take.

Praise for A Piece of Cake

“[Brown] reflects now with insight and honesty on her experiences. . . . An engaging account . . . of a remarkable life filled with pain and wisdom, hope and redemption.”San Fracisco Chronicle

“Dazzles you with the amazing change that is possible in one lifetime.”**—*Washington Post ***

Title:A Piece of Cake: A MemoirFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 28, 2006Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307345475

ISBN - 13:9780307345479

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing!! A piece of cake is so beautifully written. What i loved most was the fact that no one was left hanging on who, where and what the other characters were up to. Cupcake brown is such a strong woman and I an so inspired by her story. This book is so relatable to any addict and survivor of domestic violence. I definitely recommend
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Literally one of the best books I've read. Loved how she turned her life around
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great read This was an incredible book. The strenght she portrays is incredible.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Inspirational I loved this book. It was very tragic, yet inspiring. The strength and perseverance she had was incredible.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This is a great motivation read to show how you can completely transform your life in rough times. She is quite the inspiration.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW What an amazing story about her journey overcoming struggles. Got a little lost in the middle but was couldn't put it down! Great read and message: Life keeps moving, no matter how many times you get knocked down.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW What a beautiful story! This is such a powerful memoir. Emotional yet inspiring. Couldn't put this one down. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! An amazing true story of heartbreak and resilience. One of the best books I've ever read.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow One of the most powerful books I have ever read
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and poignant I've read this book so many times my copy is literally missing the front and back covers and I will continue to read it again and again. Cupcake Brown is a strong writer with the ability to take the awful horrible things that happened to her and make them relatable. I would love to see more books written by her!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this down. I was recommended this by a coworker, and I literally couldn't put this down. I think I finished this in a day and a half. The writer's so brutally honest with all of the things that she has been through and I'm very happy with how she has ended up. Truly inspirational. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This book was fantastic! It is very emotional, but is also very inspiring!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story This book was so emotional and inspiring. Loved it.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from could not put it down I was hit with a roller coaster of emotions reading this book. From her lowest lows to her highest achievements, Cupcake's life story is truly inspirational. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tough but inspirational story Cupcake Brown's life is astonishing. This book will hook you in immediately and not let go until the final pages. At times poignant, funny, frightening, enlightening and sad.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Piece of Cake Great read. Has you hooked right from the start.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read Such an entertaining and gripping book. She had such a harsh up bringing but has managed to tell it in an inspiring and entertaining way. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A piece of cake Brilliant book from start to finish this womans story will break ur heart but let u see with help love and dermitation anythings possible
Date published: 2015-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting and shocking memoir from child to adult. she goes from drugs (trying, addiction and dealing), prostitution (as a child and teen), gang activity, various criminal activities, sexual assault, abortions and anything that relates to the dark and revolting side of adults abusing children.  a compelling story about a girl's journey to becoming a successful lawyer. what cupcake goes through is what we as adult shield our children from.  i can't say this is a good story, because it truly sickening and sad. though the child services and judiciary has changed since the 80's it is still hard to believe how one child was able to come out of the ashes to become a successful and prominent lawyer.  you will be completely shocked what she goes through and never forget this story. you will learn to appreciate your life. 
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Piece of Cake Awesome read... All that she encountered was unbelievable. This could happen to anyone.
Date published: 2013-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Piece of Cake Awesome read... All that she encountered was unbelievable. This could happen to anyone.
Date published: 2013-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Piece of Cake Awesome read... All that she encountered was unbelievable. This could happen to anyone.
Date published: 2013-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Piece of Cake This is an amazing book that I just could not put down. Cupcake goes through the lowest of the lows to the highest of highs. It is an incredibly inspiring story that makes you think "If she can go through all that, my life is nothing in comparison and I can do it too."
Date published: 2012-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let them eat Cake! This book is devourable with its twists and turns. The author has gone through every imaginable obstacle and her long, strenuous, moving journey is completely shocking to read and unfathomable to most people. Highly recommended, a good read that will give you the perspective from someone who has been through it all and then some.
Date published: 2012-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldn't put down! what an amazing story . The things that cupcake went through are astonishing , as you read it you find yourself getting mad for her ,sad for her and when she succeeds happy for her. Read this book in no time , you just keep flipping pages dying to know what will become of cupcake .One of the best memoirs i've ever read !
Date published: 2011-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not so much of a piece of cake The never ending problems this woman struggled through her life are unbelievable, I struggled to read the book myself, thinking how is she going to make it out alive. But I made it, i read through her suffering. This book shows us that in life you do need support around you, and that you can overcome horrible addictions and you can get pass the bad things life throws in your face. Half way through the book I had to stop reading it for a week, because my brain and heart could not take it anymore, It is funny how things come at you , testing you to see if you are going to mess up, and you would think, okay now this woman will learn from her past experience and chose a better way, but she didn't she would fall right back, but how can she go to a better way, when she doesn't know what it better, or doesn't even think she deserves better, very sad, heart-rending but good read all the way. Don't ever give up and you are not alone
Date published: 2011-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from inspiring I loved this book and I normally hate reading, so it has to be good to keep my attention. The author shares the story of her childhood and troubled youth getting into drinking and drugs at 11 yrs old and by her own will power overcomes it all. An incredible story, I highly recommend reading!
Date published: 2010-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring I love to hear about people who have overcome hardship and beat the odds. Cupcake Brown did this. Despite the many people who entered her life that told her she would amount to nothing and despite the people who entered her life who did what they could to hold her back, she began to love herself and see that she was worth something and did have a large amount of love, courage and happiness to share with other people. The system failed for Cupcake and I'm so glad she has written her story so people can see what happens to children when the system fails. Unfortunately, it fails many children and families. It is stories like this that will hopefully help change the way things are done so that others will not have to experience the same things Cupcake did. This book is very raw and real. It is emotionally difficult to read, but very well written. I highly suggest this book to anyone in the chld welfare system!
Date published: 2009-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shocking. This woman is incredible - had I not lost the book when I was at the last chapter, I would have been grateful. Cupcake Brown is a remarkable woman, everyone should know this girls story. Absolutely everyone. It shows how young of an age you can start drinking, drugs, and sex. It's still todays reality, sadly.
Date published: 2008-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best I have read alot of memoirs and this is one of the most shocking. There were so many times that I thought, "Oh my gosh, this really happened!". It was really good with illustrating the hardships that people face in their lives but that you are alwasy able to bring your head out of the water. I found the beginning really intriguing, but like most memoirs, the end starting to get a little dragged on and boring. But OVERALL, it was worth the read!
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG!!!AWESOMEEE!! I recommend this book to anyone. (Except for children under the age of 11). It is very overwhelming and touching. !!!!
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I was very moved and motivated by Cupcakes book. I admire her ability to turn her life around. She is definitely a role model to any child/teen that has been given a rough go at life. Cupcake proves that if you have the will you can make your own way. I love her passion and think she is a wonderful person. Her sincerity is soo refreshing.
Date published: 2007-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable! This book will shock you, touch you, make you cry, and make you laugh, but best of all, it makes you think. This just goes to show how a little bit of determination and hard work can get you where you want/need to be. Her insight, honesty, and ability to make you feel as though you are experiencing all things great and evil, is a thing of great beauty. This book has greatly impacted my life, and I am glad that Cupcake was willing to share her story with us. I have never been more inspired.
Date published: 2007-04-16