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Book Title: Buck: A Memoir|
Date of issue: August 20th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780679645450
The author of the book: M.K. Asante
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 775 KB
Edition: Spiegel & Grau
Read full description of the books Buck: A Memoir:A rebellious boy’s journey through the wilds of urban America and the shrapnel of a self-destructing family–this is the riveting story of a generation told through one dazzlingly poetic new voice.
MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to American parents: a mother who led the new nation’s dance company and a father who would soon become a revered pioneer in black studies. But things fell apart, and a decade later MK was in America, a teenager lost in a fog of drugs, sex, and violence on the streets of North Philadelphia. Now he was alone–his mother in a mental hospital, 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.
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. It’s a one-of-a-kind story about finding your purpose in life, and an inspiring tribute to the power of education, art, and love to heal and redeem us.
Read information about the authorMK Asante is an award-winning author, filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and professor who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force.”
The author of four celebrated books, Asante is a recipient of the Langston Hughes Award. His latest book, Buck: A Memoir, was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a LA Times Summer Book pick. Buck will be released on August 20, 2013. His other books are It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop, Beautiful. And Ugly Too, and Like Water Running Off My Back.
Asante directed The Black Candle, a Starz movie he co-wrote with Maya Angelou who also narrates the prize-winning film. He wrote and produced the film 500 Years Later, winner of five international film festival awards, and produced the multi award-winning film Motherland.
Asante studied at the University of London, earned a BA from Lafayette College, and an MFA from the UCLA School of Film and Television.
Asante has toured in over 40 countries and has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, as well as hundreds of other universities. He was awarded the Key to the City of Dallas, Texas.
He has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NBC News, BBC America, and NPR. Asante’s essays have been published in USA Today, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times.
He recently made his debut as a hip hop artist on the song “Godz N The Hood” featuring Talib Kweli. His inspirational story “The Blank Page” is featured in the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: 20th Anniversary Edition.
Asante is a tenured professor of creative writing and film in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University.
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