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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. K. Asante Narrator: M. K. Asante, Adenrele Ojo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2013 ISBN: 9780804163927
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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.

M. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style.”

    Maya Angelou

  • Buck sings a song that will force all of America to face what it has become and remember what it could be.”

    Eddie Huang, New York Times bestselling author of Fresh off the Boat

  • “Asante’s noir chronicle is imaginative, powerful, and electric, written with passion and conviction.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Buck takes the daily words of the American streets and forges something low and lovely. Angry, profane, and beautiful, it honors the best of hip-hop’s literary canon by producing a work worthy of inclusion.”

    Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of The Beautiful Struggle

  • Selected for the Fall 2013 Barnes & Noble Discover Award
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About the Author

M. K. Asante is an award-winning author, filmmaker, hip hop artist, and professor who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force.” He studied at the University of London, earned a BA from Lafayette College, and an MFA from the UCLA School of Film and Television. His essays have been published in USA Today and the New York Times

About the Narrator

Adenrele Ojo is an actress, dancer, and audiobook narrator. She made her onscreen debut in My Little Girl, starring Jennifer Lopez, and has since starred in several other films. She has also performed extensively with the Philadelphia Dance Company. Currently she works as the general manager of Tupu Kweli Theatre Company in New York, which is under the artistic direction of Curtiss Cook.