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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The language and sensibility wears a noticeable twelve-year lag, it seems to me, but it is instructive none-the-less. Most prominent among the strengths here, Asante is fearless in his largely successful experimentation with form, which gives his story a unique and distinctly appropriate voice and asatne authentic effect on his audience.

Hip Hop lives in the pages of this book.

The alternative school helps him find his own voice. The way I asabte got this book was wild – I saw a dude reading it in line for the megabus to new york. The book is written from his perspective and uses language buk allows reader This book was suggested to me by a librarian at Berkeley High School. He is a good mirror. Asante [is] at his best when he sets out into the city of Philadelphia itself. For that reason, I loved Buck.


Here is crack era Philadelphia flipped into a phrase which we’ve so long needed, but so rarely heard. But for those who allow the words and the incredibly honest narrative take them for the ride, it will be one of the most enlightening of their lives.

Buck: A Memoir

But while Professor Asante was on the lecture and media circuit, the foundation kk his home life was crumbling. Open Preview See a Problem? If you don’t know the difference between “nigga” and the N word, and who can say it and who can’t, move on to the next selection on the shelf. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email.

‘Buck’ Tells Of Wild Childhood In ‘Killadelphia’ : NPR

Dec 18, Aaron S rated it liked it. This book is set in a time and place very near and dear to my heart.

Preview — Buck by M. It’s a huge blow to everyone when he draws hard time.

‘Buck’ Tells Of Wild Childhood In ‘Killadelphia’

Some of his lyricism fell flat as well, even though much of it was wonderfully evocative and original. And Ugly Too Beautiful. The Los Angeles Times wrote:. Views Read Edit View history. The debut of a remarkable talent Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Reading the first chapters of this book gave me such an mj attack that the man did well to get out of the house before I started sewing name bkck into his hoodies and packing him a plastic lunch box to take to school and work.


I have revised this review to show a well-deserved 5 rather than 4 star rating — I am a more experienced reviewer now, and I see some ratings from earlier reviews were a bit too high or low based on the standard for overall reviews are more on target.

I’m not marking down any I think I may have given a star too many because it seems unnecessary and kind of mean. Let’s pause here a moment. He tries to buck the system, especially the public schools overwhelmed with just trying to keep some semblance of order, let alone teach anything. About Buck 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 through one original and riveting voice.

He thought she was When reading BUCK you’ll not only get to understand the experience of 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.

My copy of this title was published in ; the paperback will be released in May Urban School in the USA.

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