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ISBN13: 9780812993417
ISBN10: 0812993411
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"In his memoir, Asante, a Zimbabwe native and a Philly transplant, plays out the events of his childhood against the backdrop of the street-savvy rhythms of hip hop. In this soul-searching memoir, Asante describes himself as a 'true African-American,' born in the motherland, and he recalls his family life in 'Killadelphia' with his Afrocentric 'Pops' and slightly off-kilter 'Moms,' who winds up in a psychiatric facility, as well as his older brother Uzi, who goes to prison for the statutory rape of a white girl. Asante blends the old soul riffs of Amiri Baraka and Ishmael Reed with the helter-skelter stream-of-consciousness of New Journalism scribes Hunter Thompson, Terry Southern, and Tom Wolfe, tossing in a dash of Sister Soulja and Donald Goines, in his journey through the crime-ridden city streets. It's the snippets of scenes — almost overheard chatter — and colorful descriptions that make this memoir memorable, as in his description of the funeral of Amir, the riff on the all-important 'dead presidents' or money on the block, and his time at Crefeld alternative school. Asante's noir chronicle is imaginative, powerful, and electric, written with passion and conviction." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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MK Asante is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and professor of creative writing and film at Morgan State University.

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Kara Shamy, November 3, 2013 (view all comments by Kara Shamy)
This is a fascinating memoir, but it reads more like 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.
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mistikins, August 29, 2013 (view all comments by mistikins)
Loved every second of this book, this journey if you will, of a young boy and his journey of self discovery. So powerful, so poetic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812993417
Author:
Asante, Mk
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Author:
Asante, M.K.
Author:
Asante, Molefi K.
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.54 x 5.74 x 1.06 in 0.84 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his memoir, Asante, a Zimbabwe native and a Philly transplant, plays out the events of his childhood against the backdrop of the street-savvy rhythms of hip hop. In this soul-searching memoir, Asante describes himself as a 'true African-American,' born in the motherland, and he recalls his family life in 'Killadelphia' with his Afrocentric 'Pops' and slightly off-kilter 'Moms,' who winds up in a psychiatric facility, as well as his older brother Uzi, who goes to prison for the statutory rape of a white girl. Asante blends the old soul riffs of Amiri Baraka and Ishmael Reed with the helter-skelter stream-of-consciousness of New Journalism scribes Hunter Thompson, Terry Southern, and Tom Wolfe, tossing in a dash of Sister Soulja and Donald Goines, in his journey through the crime-ridden city streets. It's the snippets of scenes — almost overheard chatter — and colorful descriptions that make this memoir memorable, as in his description of the funeral of Amir, the riff on the all-important 'dead presidents' or money on the block, and his time at Crefeld alternative school. Asante's noir chronicle is imaginative, powerful, and electric, written with passion and conviction." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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