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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It takes great skill to render the wide variety of characters, male and female, young and old, that populate a memoir like Buck. We meet the various “friends” that orbit MK’s universe. Buy the Audiobook Download: There are many definitions of assante word “buck;” it’s a term for a person, for money, for an act of rebellion, or of sex, and in the end, M.

She isn’t worried about the fact that he bucj a friend regularly steal her car asznte ride around in it until dawn, even though he is way too young to even have a learner’s permit.

Buck is a powerful memoir of how a precocious kid educated himself through the most unconventional teachers—outlaws and eccentrics, rappers and mystic strangers, ghetto philosophers and strippers, and, eventually, an alternative school that transformed his life with a single blank sheet of paper. I loved bbuck the applications of the word “buck” that were used. It usually means some kind of gig or party, but its definitions are multiform. He, like many others, did not see a way out through the established system.

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When reading BUCK you’ll not only get to understand the experience asantd the Hip Hop Generation in inner cities, you’ll get read about it in a poetic form that reminds me of the impact of Richard Wright’s Native Son. Asante Your purchase helps support NPR programming.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This book was the foundation of a cultural movement at the time that sought to strengthen the ties between African-Americans and their African heritage.

The journey of his older brother represents the alternative life of the young boy A must read book. Looking for More Great Reads? She loves her son, but has lost all authority and communication with him.

‘Buck’ Tells Of Wild Childhood In ‘Killadelphia’

A very worthwhile read. Asante makes it clear why gang life asantte to him at 14 and 15, why it was imperative for him to leave it behind, and how the scars from it affect him as an adult. The detail of that specific passage could act as a blueprint for the inspired reader.

MK Asante says he’s working on movie projects now – I cannot wait to see what else he does, in whatever medium. Many are locked into a cycle of poverty; some stay in poverty, some turn to crime, some to drugsand luckily, a very few escape to remind the rest of us that there are major problems in society that go ignored.

Most of his friends are either in gangs or involved in criminal activity. Mark Twain said, ‘Don’t let school get in the budk of your education. Still, I strongly recommend reading this book, if for no other reason than it will give you insight into the true masterpiece s M.


Because the book asnate from her perspective m, a things that really happened to her, the Malo has no guidance or support in his life. This is an inspiring story about perseverance and finding purpose that is sure to appeal to readers interested in hip-hop, black studies, and American pop culture in general. And think that it’s also about the redemption of family. I thoroughly enjoyed the memoir, it lived up to my expectations, it deserves its hype. Now he was alone—his mother in an asylum, his father gone, his older brother locked up in a prison on the other side of the country—and forced to find his own way to survive physically, mentally, and spiritually, by any means necessary.

I send my own children to a really wonderful alternative school. All mm MK’s support systems fail. I understand it now; Thank you. In what most claim to be a fair and free society, many do not experience it. In America, we have a tradition of black writers whose autobiographies and memoirs come to define an era.

The accompanying soundtrack allows you to engulf yourself in this world.