The Wire , was born ill and underweight from her mother's drug habits, and later worked for a crack dealer in East Baltimore"/>

Grace After Midnight

Felicia Snoop Pearson, Author, David Ritz, Author . Grand Central $22 (233p) ISBN 978-0-446-19518-8

Pearson, who stars in HBO's The Wire , was born ill and underweight from her mother's drug habits, and later worked for a crack dealer in East Baltimore. At age 15 she killed a woman in self-defense and wound up in the Jessup State Penitentiary. She got a wakeup call when the notorious dealers she called “Uncle” and “Father” wound up respectively dead and imprisoned for life. Once out on parole, Pearson took an assembly-line job and “didn't give [her neighborhood dope dealers] a second glance,” but after repeatedly getting fired because of her rap sheet, she returned to dealing before a chance meeting gave her a way off the street for good. This isn't a light celebrity bio, but a powerful story of someone trying to find her way in a dark world, realizing she can still choose her life's direction even in tremendously difficult circumstances. Pearson's narrative is spare, even poetic, rendering traumatic moments all the more powerful. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 09/17/2007
Release date: 11/01/2007
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