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.
K. 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 M. K. 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. Download and start listening now!