Leaving Breezy street : a memoir

by Myers-Powell, Brenda,

Format: Print Book 2021
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HQ144.M94 2021
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CLP - Mt. Washington Non-Fiction Collection HQ144.M94 2021
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Biography 92 MYE
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Northland Public Library Biography B MYERS-POWELL
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Biography & Memoir 818 MYERS-POWELL
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Told in an inimitable voice, Leaving Breezy Street is the stunning account of Brenda Myers-Powell's brutal and beautiful life.

"Careful--don't think prostitution is just about money. It's never just the money. It's about slipping in at all the wrong places. Getting into dangerous situations and getting out of them. That's exciting. That's what you want. But you want something else, too."

What did Brenda Myers-Powell want? When she turned to prostitution at the age of fifteen, she wanted to support her two baby daughters and have a little money for herself. She was pretty and funny as hell, and although she called herself "Breezy," she was also tough--a survivor in every sense of the word. Over the next twenty-five years, she would move across the country, finding new pimps, parties, drugs, and endless, profound heartache. And she would begin to want something else, something huge: a life of dignity, self-acceptance, and love. Astonishingly, she managed to find the strength to break from an unsparing world and save not only herself but also future Breezys.

We have no say into which worlds we are born. But sometimes we can find a way out.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Throughout a life of uphill battles, abuse, and hustling, Myers-Powell has managed to retain her humor, attitude, and fight, all on full display in this stirring memoir. Growing up in the 1960s on the west side of Chicago, Myers-Powell lives with her grandmother, who's abusive when she's drunk, and experiences sexual abuse at the hands of myriad men, starting with her uncle when she is four. By the time she is 14, she has two children and relies on men and petty theft to get by. She finds steady income as a prostitute but also must deal with violence, jail time, and the temptation of drugs. Over 20 years later, Myers-Powell is able to leave the life, reconnect with her daughters, and found the Dreamcatcher Foundation, which works to end human trafficking in Chicago. Graphic but never gratuitous (you won't find detailed descriptions of her prostitution work), Leaving Breezy Street is engaging and candid. Those who like gritty memoirs of resilience will relish it, and it is a perfect nonfiction crossover for urban fiction readers."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Myers-Powell pulls no punches in her piercing debut, an account of how she got out of a life of prostitution and drug use, and used the experience to get others off the street. In 1997, after a run-in with a john who hit her and dragged her with his car, she landed in the hospital pummeled so badly that, she writes, "I didn't have no face." At age 39, that was a wake-up call for Myers-Powell--who got clean soon after and has been advocating for victims of sex trafficking ever since. But it wasn't the first time she'd suffered at the hands of another man. Raised by an alcoholic grandmother in Chicago, she was sexually abused at a young age by her uncle and his friends. By the time she turned 14, she was addicted to crack and working as a prostitute to support her two infants. In the 25 years that followed, she was stabbed 13 times and shot five times. "Folks tell me, ain't all that happen to you," she writes. "I wish to God I was lying my head off." Myers-Powell isn't shy describing her gritty past ("I done seen some girls do some pretty awful things...that crack had tore my ass up") and the delivery is stirring. This page-turner impresses from start to finish. (June)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Myers-Powell, Brenda.
Ex-prostitutes -- United States -- Biography.
Prostitutes -- Rehabilitation -- United States -- Biography.
Drug addicts -- Rehabilitation -- United States -- Biography.
African American women -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Henry Holt and Company,2021
Edition First edition.
Contributors Reynolds, April, author.
Language English
Description x, 274 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780374151690
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