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Author: April Reynolds, Brenda Myers-Powell Narrator: Karen Chilton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Audio Length: Release Date: June 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781250807779

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"This is a full-bodied performance, complete with salty language and harrowing situations, but listeners will love Chilton's portrayal of Breezy's determination to find her place in the world." -- Audiofile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner Belonging on the shelf with Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle and Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone, Leaving Breezy Street—the stunning account of Brenda Myers-Powell’s brutal and beautiful life—is a critical addition to the American canon. Fourteen years old, poor, Black, mother dead, two babies to feed and clothe, and a grandmother who is not full of motherly kindness, to put it mildly. What money-making options are open to a girl like Brenda Myers? When Breezy, as she came to call herself, hit the streets of Chicago as a prostitute in 1973 she was barely a teenager. But she was pretty and funny as hell, and determined to support her daughters and make a living. For the next twenty-five years, she moved across the country, finding new pimps, parties, drugs, and endless, profound heartache. And she also—astonishingly—managed to find the strength to break from a brutal world and not only save herself but save future Breezys. Great, compelling memoirs can bring us into worlds that have been beyond our comprehension and make us “get it.” What these books tell us is NOT that we can all move beyond the lives into which we were born. The lesson is that everyone deserves to be truly seen by others and offered a path forward. A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

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  • “Karen Chilton’s superb narration enhances Brenda Myers–Powell’s memoir…This is a full-bodied performance, complete with salty language and harrowing situations, but listeners will love Chilton’s portrayal of Breezy’s determination to find her place in the world. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “Myers-Powell inspires readers to root for her as she climbs back to control her own life and become a forceful advocate for fellow survivors.”

    - National Book Review
  • “[The] empowering, steely and emotional update on Myers-Powell’s life today, [is] a tale-within-a-tale that’ll make you teary-eyed…If you want a tale that’ll drop your jaw every few pages, Leaving Breezy Street is the book to get out.”

    - Washington Informer
  • “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…Those who like gritty memoirs will relish it, and it is a perfect nonfiction crossover for urban fiction readers.”

    - Booklist
  • "This is a full-bodied performance, complete with salty language and harrowing situations, but listeners will love Chilton's portrayal of Breezy's determination to find her place in the world.

    - Audiofile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner

Awards

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Narrator

Karen Chilton is a New York–based actor and writer and an accomplished voice-over artist and narrator. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, won three AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2020 won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration. Her voice can be heard on numerous national network television, radio, and Internet advertising campaigns.