Buck: A Memoir by M. K. Asante

By M. K. Asante

A rebellious boy’s trip during the wilds of city the United States and the shrapnel of a self-destructing family—this is the riveting tale of a iteration instructed via one dazzlingly poetic new voice.
MK Asante was once born in Zimbabwe to American mom and dad: a mom who led the recent nation’s dance corporation and a father who could quickly develop into a respected pioneer in black reviews. yet issues fell aside, and a decade later MK was once in the US, misplaced in a fog of gear, intercourse, and violence at the streets of North Philadelphia. Now he was once alone—his mom in a psychological sanatorium, his father long gone, his older brother locked up in a jail at the different part of the country—and compelled to discover his personal approach to live to tell the tale bodily, mentally, and spiritually, in any respect necessary.

Buck is a robust memoir of the way a precocious child informed himself in the course of the so much unconventional teachers—outlaws and eccentrics, rappers and mystic strangers, ghetto philosophers and strippers, and, ultimately, another university that remodeled his existence with a unmarried clean sheet of paper. It’s a distinct tale approximately discovering your objective in lifestyles, and an inspiring tribute to the facility of schooling, artwork, and like to heal and redeem us.

Praise for Buck
“Asante is the voice of a brand new iteration. . . . you will adore approximately every thing approximately Buck.”Essence

“Frequently very good and consistently attractive . . . It takes nice ability to render the wide range of characters, female and male, old and young, that populate a memoir like Buck. Asante [is] at his top while he units out into the town of Philadelphia itself. in truth, that urban is the real famous person of this e-book. Philly’s skate boarders, its street-corner philosophers and its tattoo artists are all introduced vividly to lifestyles right here. . . . Asante’s memoir will locate an keen readership, in particular between youth looking out in books for the type of realizing and that means that eludes them of their real-life relationships. . . . a robust and alluring book.”—Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times

“A tale of surviving and thriving with ardour, compassion, wit, and style.”—Maya Angelou
“The debut of a notable expertise nearly misplaced to medications, crime and violence . . . Asante’s prose is a fluid combination of vernacular swagger and delicate poeticism; it’s no shock that after he ultimately unearths his ft back, where he feels such a lot affirmed is a spoken-word membership. . . . teenagers are notoriously myopic, yet one of many nice strengths of Buck is the variety of views and voices Asante weaves into what could have been a one-man show.”Salon
“‘The fall in Killadelphia. outdoor is the colour of corn bread and blood. switch hangs within the air just like the sneaks at the stay wires in the back of my crib.’ . . . There’s an extraordinary attractiveness in strains like those, paired with a feeling of foreboding. They promise a publication choked with clean visions, vernacular grit, electrical energy and violence. They promise whatever diversified, and the booklet grants. . . . [Buck] is basically a memoir of a tender man’s mis-education, re-education, self-education and street-education. . . . Buck is so sincere it floats—even whereas it’s so down-to-earth that the reader seems like an ant peering up from the concrete. It’s a robust publication. . . . So choose up Buck. chances are you'll even end it in one, indulgent afternoon. Asante is a hip-hop raconteur, a storyteller within the Homeric culture, an American, a rhymer, a big-thinker making a song a tune of himself. You’ll are looking to listen.”The Buffalo News

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The tacos just weren’t my forte. I’d stuff the taco shells with so much lettuce and cheese that they’d crack. Customers would complain. So to prevent the shells from busting, I’d then put almost no lettuce or cheese inside. Again complaints. So then I’d cram the damn stuff in again until the shell broke. My ineptness quickly earned me a new assignment. As cashier, I faced the even trickier responsibility of handling customers. Again, a seemingly straightforward task. Again, I was the exception.

Pearl diver,” he sighed. ” “I thought so too,” I said. ” Jeff stepped to the sinks and saw the burnt enchilada pan I’d been scrubbing. ” he asked. ” I handed him the baking pan that I’d just labored over for five minutes. He filled it with hot, soapy water and exiled it to a corner of the counter. “You need some music in here,” he said as he hit Play on a cassette recorder. A cacophony of noise spilled out of the little speaker. ” Jeff asked. “No,” I said. “You should be,” he said. ” As the vibrant sounds of free jazz echoed through the room, I realized he was right.

He then proceeded to count out exactly half the cash he owed me for the week. ” I asked. “That’s all your slow ass deserves,” he said with a wild glint in his drugged eyes. Though I was pissed, he had me. I left with my half-pay. 4 Fragile S chool had already gotten me a few miles out of San Francisco. So I used the experience as a springboard to get me even farther away to see other parts of the country. After scouring a college guidebook for a school that was both cheap and in an enticing locale, I found one—in Kentucky.

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