Buck has ratings and reviews. Joseph said: Buck: A Memoir by MK Asante is a young man’s account of growing up in the inner-city. Asante has an. A coming-of-age story about navigating the wilds of urban America and the shrapnel of a self-destructing family, Buck shares the story of a generation. MK Asante grew up in in north Philadelphia or as he calls it, “Killadelphia.” In his new memoir, Buck, he details how he went from a drug.

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That’s never read anything that saw him or her. Malo has no guidance or support in his life. As he comments, he now understands why it was illegal to teach a slave to read or write, because there is such power in ml written word.

Buck: A Memoir

I will b Buck: But things fell apart and a little more than a decade later MK was back in America, lost in a fog of drugs, sex, and violence on the streets of North Philadelphia. Later, Malo performs at a spoken word session when his girlfriend signs him up. He tells us that he finally understands why it was illegal to teach a slave to read and write, because there is so much power in the bkck word.

Somebody made it and it was good to see. How far we seem to have come in ten years, all of us. Want to Read saving…. The sound is different buxk the message is, surprisingly, much the same.

A state of being I like and wholeheartedly encourage. Drugs, sex, violence — all conspires to destroy him too. Jul 21, Joseph rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is true bkck Tupac lives on forever, but init seems to me that some years have gone missing nevertheless. This memoir comes to show asqnte that the circumstances of ,k life bring you to the place in which your future relies.


I don’t think so. Story by Candace King. Read an excerpt of Buck. Aug 20, Pages Buy. Asante’s noir chronicle is imaginative, powerful, and electric, written with passion and conviction. It takes great skill to render the wide variety of characters, male and female, young and old, that populate a memoir like Buck. His father is always traveling; his mother, depressed. The one question I have about this one, is where this urban jewel has been hanging for the last several years.

The language and sensibility wears a noticeable twelve-year lag, it seems to me, but it is instructive none-the-less. Is this appropriate for middle schoolers? Some of his lyricism fell flat as well, even though much of it was wonderfully evocative and original. I hope Random House hasn’t bought the rights to this book and then parked on it for awhile, and I hope it comes out soon. It is uplifting without a shred of sappiness.

Return to Book Page. Asante [is] at his best when he sets out into the city of Philadelphia itself. Every kid should be given this type of opportunity. It’s weird how something can be so unappealing and inspiring simultaneously If you aren’t sure, or have seen the cops in major metropolitan cities do low-income teenagers and even those from the middle class irreparable harm and no good or not muchyou might be in the right ballpark.

A powerful and captivating book. I think MK has done a superb job in representing his generation. His brother is 16 and assumes that he won’t stay long behind bars for the things he does because he is a minor. And Ugly Too Beautiful. Arizona brings no relief as trouble finds trouble and Uzi becomes part of the system, incarcerated at a state penitentiary for statutory rape.

MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to American parents: And think that it’s also about the redemption of family. MK Asante may be added to that illustrious list soon. Gaining a toehold in starting this book can be tough, but I urge you to stick with it. Thankfully, MK does an excellent job of keeping it real. His father is always travelin “The fall in Killadelphia.


All of this is bravely shared, and hip hop lyrics are frequently added to the pages as sort of a soundtrack for his life.

Bhck agrees to give it a try, and for amazingly the first time, he is asked in a friendly, personal yet not invasive environment to write something–anything. Because the book came from her perspective on a things that really happened to her, the Malo has no guidance or support in his life.

Buck — MK Asante

I remember how I felt the first time I Really listened to 2pac. There is a kind of love shown between family members in this ghetto life that may be greater than all other loves because it flows despite real failures by real people. The alternative school is one his asnte finds after he has been arrested.

I especially appreciated the writing style: Jul 17, M. I taught in high poverty schools, too, and you can bet your bottom dollar that I apologized to my students if there wasn’t a desk for everyone, and I found a spot for everyone to sit down until I could rectify the situation.

A Memoir Cover of Buck: All in all a harrowing upbringing, but kids still learn without being in school. Oh, and lest I forget, here it is: