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Buck - A Memoir

MK Asante

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. Praise for Buck "A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style."-Maya Angelou "In America, we have a tradition of black writers whose autobiographies and memoirs come to define an era. . . . Buck may be this generation's story."-NPR "The voice of a new generation. . . . You will love nearly everything about Buck."-Essence "A virtuoso performance . . . [an] extraordinary page-turner of a memoir . . . written in a breathless, driving hip-hop prose style that gives it a tough, contemporary edge."-The Philadelphia Inquirer "Frequently brilliant and always engaging . . . It takes great skill to render the wide variety of characters, male and female, young and old, that populate a memoir like Buck. Asante [is] at his best when he sets out into the city of Philadelphia itself. In fact

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. Praise for Buck "A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style."-Maya Angelou "In America, we have a tradition of black writers whose autobiographies and memoirs come to define an era. . . . Buck may be this generation's story."-NPR "The voice of a new generation. . . . You will love nearly everything about Buck."-Essence "A virtuoso performance . . . [an] extraordinary page-turner of a memoir . . . written in a breathless, driving hip-hop prose style that gives it a tough, contemporary edge."-The Philadelphia Inquirer "Frequently brilliant and always engaging . . . It takes great skill to render the wide variety of characters, male and female, young and old, that populate a memoir like Buck. Asante [is] at his best when he sets out into the city of Philadelphia itself. In fact
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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. 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. Praise for Buck "A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style."-Maya Angelou "In America, we have a tradition of black writers whose autobiographies and memoirs come to define an era. . . . Buck may be this generation's story."-NPR "The voice of a new generation. . . . You will love nearly everything about Buck."-Essence "A virtuoso performance . . . [an] extraordinary page-turner of a memoir . . . written in a breathless, driving hip-hop prose style that gives it a tough, contemporary edge."-The Philadelphia Inquirer "Frequently brilliant and always engaging . . . It takes great skill to render the wide variety of characters, male and female, young and old, that populate a memoir like Buck. Asante [is] at his best when he sets out into the city of Philadelphia itself. In fact

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adenrele Ojo

Length:

5h 48m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:03


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:10


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:35


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:08


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:56


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:12


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:31


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:00


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:59


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:54


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:31


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:58


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:11


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:29


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:49


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:37


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:03


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:22


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:38


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:57


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:43


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:40


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:32


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

02:00


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:57


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:08


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:54


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

01:38


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:20


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

00:28