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Hardcover  Ó Buck: A Memoir PDF Ï Buck: A  Kindle - The fall in Killadelphia Outside is the color of cornbread and blood Change hangs in the air like the sneaks on the live wires behind my crib I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Every American teenager goes through a period of rebellion as s he tries to figure out who s he is, apart from the parents But for no other group in America is this transition as dangerous as for young black men Malo s older brother is in jail His father is always travelin The fall in Killadelphia Outside is the color of cornbread and blood Change hangs in the air like the sneaks on the live wires behind my crib I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Every American teenager goes through a period of rebellion as s he tries to figure out who s he is, apart from the parents But for no other group in America is this transition as dangerous as for young black men Malo s older brother is in jail His father is always traveling his mother, depressed His schools some give him a pass and don t require him to do much of anything, long as he keeps playing basketball Others arelike a holding pen, the teachers flat out telling the students I m just here for the paycheck It s amazing that any of them make it out of there alive, and sadly, too many don t Malo loses his best friend, Amir, and afterward, the funeral director takes him and his friends in the back room He shows us the coffins and tells us, The little ones, for teenagers like y all, are my best sellers and business is booming Booming The best memoirs let you crawl inside the skin of someone who s not like you, and MAKE you feel it, as if it is your own life I was not only feeling for and with Malo, I was actually nodding to the raw beauty and poetry of hip hop lyrics, the way they perfectly fit the narrative of the story.I also got a glimpse inside his mother s head, through her journal entries, which Malo reads shares here She is battling her depression so hard like a lot of people, the drugs sometimes help and sometimes turn her into a zombie, but she keep fighting for her younger son until finally, she finds a school that gets him They make him write, and in writing, he finds his own voice Holding the pen this way, snug and firm in my fist, makes me feel like I can write my future, spell out my destiny in sharp strokes I couldn t help thinking of A mind is a terrible thing to waste, yet we do waste so many minds, so many bright young men and women of all colors and ethnicities COULD give back so much If only we tried a little harder, found the key to reaching them, instead of warehousing them in school until they are 18, then warehousing them in jail ever after.There are many definitions of the word buck it s a term for a person, for money, for an act of rebellion, or of sex, and in the end, M.K Asante claims it for his own Became a doer, dream pursuer, purpose drivenPast meets the futureIn between no longer and not yetRise up, young buck, never forget This book is going to stay with me for a long time I was awarded this book in a Goodreads giveaway, but plan on buyingfor the young men in my extended family Now I see why reading was illegal for black people during slavery I discover that I think in words Thewords I know, thethings I can think about.Reading was illegal because if you limit someone s vocab, you limit their thoughts They can t even think of freedom because they don t have the language to p 229 I certainly wish manyyoung men would have this epip I was awarded this book in a Goodreads giveaway, but plan on buyingfor the young men in my extended family Now I see why reading was illegal for black people during slavery I discover that I think in words Thewords I know, thethings I can think about.Reading was illegal because if you limit someone s vocab, you limit their thoughts They can t even think of freedom because they don t have the language to p 229 I certainly wish manyyoung men would have this epiphany about reading And that s why this book is important, it can be inspirational for youth everywhere who feel locked out and left behind I think MK has done a superb job in representing his generation His journey thus far told with a hip hop sensibility is certainly one that will resonate with many.Buck is MK s story of coming of age in 90s Philadelphia With a father that was is a legendary educator, scholar and lecturer, and a mother who also was a celebrated educator in her own right, it s hard to understand how MK came so close to the third rail Again, a close reading of this memoir will reveal it s essentialness The way his life unravels and plunges him onto the road to self destruction is finely detailed A two parent household doesn t guarantee one will be kept from the vices of the hood Especially given a father who is often absent and a mother struggling with mental illness.When MK s older brother gets locked up, his world begins to really spiral out of control We meet the various friends that orbit MK s universe The acting out and the anger is easily identifiable, because the family structure is broken, the secondary institutions are broken and the community is in chaos All of this is bravely shared, and hip hop lyrics are frequently added to the pages as sort of a soundtrack for his life This is an excellent book for any youngster struggling to find their place in this thing called life MK s voice feels authentic, and his talent for writing is obvious You sometimes worry that memoirs are often embellished to give the author a harder edge or a hero image, you don t feel that that at all in this book The genuineness of this story will prove important to its ultimate success, because today s youth can sniff out fakery with the greatest of ease Thankfully, MK does an excellent job of keeping it real.The book ends prematurely in my opinion and my only wish was forof his story I think it is important to talk about how he became a tenured professor The detail of that specific passage could act as a blueprint for the inspired reader Perhaps a second volume is planned, and the hope for that is, may it be as nourishing and honest as this one has been 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 Reading this memoir about a young man growing up with different struggles and making something out of himself I thoroughly enjoyed this and reading about his childhood and different challenges he had thrown his way I also enjoyed the hip hop lyrics he incorporated into the book of 2 pac and etc. I was so excited for MK Asante s BUCK When I read the synopsis earlier this year, I just knew I had to read this man s story of triumph BUCK is a very moving literary work I see why CNN and Maya Angelou gave Asante such praise He is truly a brilliant writerso descriptive and in touch with his audience, he easily transitions from slang, vulgarity, and the rawness of a life of oppression to a languagereadily identified as poetic Asante shows that the two are very much connected and I was so excited for MK Asante s BUCK When I read the synopsis earlier this year, I just knew I had to read this man s story of triumph BUCK is a very moving literary work I see why CNN and Maya Angelou gave Asante such praise He is truly a brilliant writerso descriptive and in touch with his audience, he easily transitions from slang, vulgarity, and the rawness of a life of oppression to a languagereadily identified as poetic Asante shows that the two are very much connected and forces you to like it I thoroughly enjoyed the memoir, it lived up to my expectations, it deserves its hype If you re afraid of vulgarity, afraid to escape your box of safety, afraid to read what it is to be Black and male in America, then don t get this memoir BUCK is not easy to read or forget, it s frightening, it s shocking, it s appalling But it s also a story of hope, expectation, and need for better It s weird how something can be so unappealing and inspiring simultaneouslybut BUCK is just that I recommend it completely In the early 90 s I managed a couple of Black bookstores and one of our most popular titles was Afrocentriciy by Molefi Asante This book was the foundation of a cultural movement at the time that sought to strengthen the ties between African Americans and their African heritage But while Professor Asante was on the lecture and media circuit, the foundation of his home life was crumbling.M.K Asante Malo has written an incredible memoir of his adolescence in Philadelphia With his older stepb In the early 90 s I managed a couple of Black bookstores and one of our most popular titles was Afrocentriciy by Molefi Asante This book was the foundation of a cultural movement at the time that sought to strengthen the ties between African Americans and their African heritage But while Professor Asante was on the lecture and media circuit, the foundation of his home life was crumbling.M.K Asante Malo has written an incredible memoir of his adolescence in Philadelphia With his older stepbrother in prison, his mother struggling with a mental illness and a father always away, Malo is forced to navigate his own path through a life of gangs, violence and drugs What sets this apart from other coming of age urban stories is Malo s intelligence, and his need to connect with the family that has abandoned him in a sense Discovering his mother s diary, instead of feeling invasive, helps him learn about the woman she was and has become, while the published excerpts give the reader insight into a mother s fear of losing her sons to the streets.Malo s story of transformation through his discovery of his love of the written word is one of the most beautiful I ve read all year ATTENTION April 2014 change I have revised this review to show a well deserved 5 rather than 4 star rating I am aexperienced reviewer now, and I see some ratings from earlier reviews were a bit too high or low based on the standard for 2013 overall 2014 reviews areon target I m not marking down any I think I may have given a star too many because it seems unnecessary and kind of mean But, I thought I ought to show full regard when merited with my rating if I am serious enou ATTENTION April 2014 change I have revised this review to show a well deserved 5 rather than 4 star rating I am aexperienced reviewer now, and I see some ratings from earlier reviews were a bit too high or low based on the standard for 2013 overall 2014 reviews areon target I m not marking down any I think I may have given a star too many because it seems unnecessary and kind of mean But, I thought I ought to show full regard when merited with my rating if I am serious enough to actually have written a review in the first place To fail to make this change would do the work and the writer a disservice Thanks for reading scanning this review, everyone Cheers.Original Review This is a fascinating memoir, but it readslike a superb novel The sophistication of M.K Asante s work reflects long study and practice of his craft to say nothing of great giftedness as a writer It veritably oozes ambition in the best sense possible The book is a coming of age story set in an African American family who we meet living in the Philadelphia area Asante s style can be described as urban influenced, and much of his story has to do with the specifics of his youth in urban environments with their attendant dangers and disadvantages, peculiarities and personalities, and unique and rich local culture s , which variously impact Asante However, its major theme has to do with his self education and deepening understanding of himself and where he comes from This story shows the coming of age of an intellectual and an artist, and it places itself squarely within a long and broad literary tradition in that respect.Most prominent among the strengths here, Asante is fearless in his largely successful experimentation with form, which gives his story a unique and distinctly appropriate voice and correspondingly authentic effect on his audience He uses language with great purpose and frequent brilliance His work is unmistakably art.On the other hand, the organization didn t always seem to be in perfect step with the content of the story on occasion, his brilliant range of formal approaches looked to be applied somewhat haphazardly Some of his lyricism fell flat as well, even though much of it was wonderfully evocative and original.In sum, Buck A Memoir is a fine work of literature that bears a lot of scrutiny close or multiple readings of the text will enrich understanding and stimulate However, some elements of the book are much stronger than others Still, I strongly recommend reading this book, if for no other reason than it will give you insight into the true masterpiece s M.K Asante will author in the years to come among many other things.I received my copy of this book from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program Worth a Zillion BucksThe streets were calling the young buck with their siren song, literally and figuratively the siren call of temptation along with the real call of police sirens coming to arrest his brother, his homies, and him It is a harrowing tale well told but as dark as his story gets, there is always the hope for redemption Buck unfolds on the streets of Philadelphia AKA Killadelphia The title refers to many things, but mainly it is about the author and narrator who is a young bu Worth a Zillion BucksThe streets were calling the young buck with their siren song, literally and figuratively the siren call of temptation along with the real call of police sirens coming to arrest his brother, his homies, and him It is a harrowing tale well told but as dark as his story gets, there is always the hope for redemption Buck unfolds on the streets of Philadelphia AKA Killadelphia The title refers to many things, but mainly it is about the author and narrator who is a young buck trying to make a buck while avoiding being shot with buck shot He tries to buck the system, especially the public schools overwhelmed with just trying to keep some semblance of order, let alone teach anything His brother Uzi is his role model, but he is leading him astray Uzi gets sent to Arizona to live with an uncle, but the uncle is an addict and backslides With no adult supervision Uzi ends up in hot water A long stretch in the penetentury.Meanwhile, his father leaves and his mother has mental issues Most of his friends are either in gangs or involved in criminal activity To make money he sells weed, which is quite lucrative for the young buck until his mother flushes his stash and throws thousands of bucks of ill gotten gain into the incinerator He is left owing over 3 grand to his connection, who bragged that he killed someone who owed him a hundred bucks Things don t look so great for Malo, the young buck Still, you are holding a book in your hands that he wrote, so something must have changed his direction This book explains a lot of slang terms, for instance, jawn is an all purpose word that can stand for anything It usually means some kind of gig or party, but its definitions are multiform Overreaching the wide horizon like the rainbow, its hues are as various as the hues of that arch, as distinct too, yet as intimately blended Overreaching the wide horizon like the rainbow I read a tweet by Questlove of The Roots where he used the world jawn The Roots are also from Philadelphia, and are even mentioned in the book Malo gets to rap with them at a jawn His rap contains allusions to Rivers, a poem by Langston Hughes There are a lot of quotes from rap songs and poems sprinkled throughout Whitman, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, Nas, Tupac, The Roots are a few of the poets and lyricists quoted in Buck, A Memoir.Buck is about what it is like out there on the streets right NOW It is an up to the minute update on reality as we enter the second decade of the millennium With things like the Trayvon Martin incident in the news, it couldn t berelevant Still, as modern as it is, it reminds me of many other books such as Invisible Man by Ralph Elison, Native Son, by Richard Wright, and Things Fall Apart, by the Nigerian author Chinua Achebe MK Asante may be added to that illustrious list soon He is a modern day griot buck n a fashionable and typically hell raising young man 2 racial slur used to described black men 3 a young black man what s up young buck4 the act of becoming wild and uncontrollable he went buck wild 5 a dollar 6 to fire gunshots buckshots in the air 7 to go against, rebel buck the system Everybody calls me young buck when they see me Asante s journey from inner city street punk in Killadelphia to college professor is a wild ride Knowing the outcome doesn t dull the desc buck n a fashionable and typically hell raising young man 2 racial slur used to described black men 3 a young black man what s up young buck4 the act of becoming wild and uncontrollable he went buck wild 5 a dollar 6 to fire gunshots buckshots in the air 7 to go against, rebel buck the system Everybody calls me young buck when they see me Asante s journey from inner city street punk in Killadelphia to college professor is a wild ride Knowing the outcome doesn t dull the description of his path sexy, wild, ugly, and redemptive There is a kind of love shown between family members in this ghetto life that may be greater than all other loves because it flows despite real failures by real people A little light, and a little faith in a kid backed into a corner seems to have made a difference Not every intervention can be as timely, but the results are unequivocal.This book was assembled from fragments in a teen s life in the late nineteen nineties My copy of this title was published in 2013 the paperback will be released in May 2014 The language and sensibility wears a noticeable twelve year lag, it seems to me, but it is instructive none the less How far we seem to have come in ten years, all of us I wonder if Asante would agree, or if he would say that nothing has changed Perhaps nothing substantive in the lives of Killadelphians has changed, or changed enough.The main thrust of the narrative, however, is perennial A young boy discovers the voices of all who have come before him and realizes that the paths ahead are many and varied and bear no resemblance to the one he walks daily in his neighborhood I spit lyrics to songs under my breath all day, every day It s like hip hop Tourette s The book is punctuated with stanzas that suit the action, his own and those of others, suitably referenced One can tell words, descriptive words, are his passion The story introduces street life through street slang I particularly liked the device of reading Malo s mother s diary to learn what she was thinking as she lay torpid and drugged through Malo s teen years His father quit town to save himself, and his brother got himself locked up All in all a harrowing upbringing, but kids still learn without being in school It s what they learn that is at issue Asante still has a ways to go to break into Literature but his path is true and his talent real He is a good mirror I note he is a filmmaker.Asante has a right to be proud And whoever gave him the chance to get out of the hood has a right to be proud.I learned of this title from a NoViolet Bulawayo s BN interview, and have thought of that recommendation several times since Gaining a toehold in starting this book can be tough, but I urge you to stick with it You will be rewarded with a story that will stay with you It is uplifting without a shred of sappiness The title of the book is apt I loved all the applications of the word buck that were used If you are a lover of adroit turns of phrases, you will dig on the ones contained in here and they are many My favorite was a man who was so fat he runs out of breath trying to catch his breath Memoirs as a who Gaining a toehold in starting this book can be tough, but I urge you to stick with it You will be rewarded with a story that will stay with you It is uplifting without a shred of sappiness The title of the book is apt I loved all the applications of the word buck that were used If you are a lover of adroit turns of phrases, you will dig on the ones contained in here and they are many My favorite was a man who was so fat he runs out of breath trying to catch his breath Memoirs as a whole are not my first choice, but this one spoke to me I may not have always been familiar with the street lingo that was used, but the context steers you where you need to go A very worthwhile read.This was a first reads giveaway, thank you

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