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Buck Audiobook

Buck: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 MK Asante (P)2013 Random House

What the Critics Say

"A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style." (Maya Angelou)

"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)

"Buck sings a song that will force all of America to face what it has become and remember what it could be." (Eddie Huang, author of Fresh off the Boat)

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    m stephens 07-13-14
    m stephens 07-13-14
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    Would you listen to Buck again? Why?

    This story was truly relatable to today's chaos. His passion can be heard through his voice. He made listening to the book better than reading it. His animation brought such life to the words that you find yourself visualizing the scenes as he describes them. Can't wait to listen again! !!


    What did you like best about this story?

    His honesty


    What about MK Asante and Adenrele Ojo ’s performance did you like?

    They brought words to life


    What did you learn from Buck that you would use in your daily life?

    Mistakes are correctable


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    malika 12-03-16
    malika 12-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read, especially if you a Philly native!"

    My first review. I was both touched and impressed with the writing skills. Asante did a wonderful job capturing the essence of Philadelphia and the struggle of many youth who are ambivalent about the systemic problems that plague all inner cities. I am buying the book too. So many quotables!

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    Amazon Customer 11-18-16
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    "Amazing"

    "Buck: A Memoir" is for everyone. I listened to this on the car ride to ATL with my grandma. She said it lifted something off of her. This book is inspiration. Read/listen to this for self-care. It is amazing. I look forward to more on audible from MK Asante!

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    Jasmine 10-22-16
    Jasmine 10-22-16
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    "Not to bad"

    I enjoyed the book. The narrator was really entertaining and made the book come alive like he wrote it. 😉 I could see myself reading another book by MK Asante.

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    Xavier Page 05-07-16
    Xavier Page 05-07-16
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    the book was really good the way the author told the story reslly told the story

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    Mark S Jones 04-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing and captivating
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    This is a captivating look into the life of an amazing young man. I read first half of this book then decided to listen to the audible version when I learned it was read by the author. To hear this story on his own words added the passion and dimension I could not have imagined. Books like this are the reason I love to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Bradby New York, USA 04-17-16
    Shane Bradby New York, USA 04-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Mirror"

    I saw myself and many other black males that grew up in Urban America. Buick is a book written with the new Souls of Black Folks.

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    kinnethia 03-25-16
    kinnethia 03-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Powerful"

    I have so many quotes written down that I have to go and by a hardcopy and highlight them so I can keep them all in place. listening to Buck while driving made my commute worthy of its drive. It was even better when read by MK Asante himself. I believed it. extremely powerful with the Co narrator reading Amina's letters.

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    Britmy 02-15-16
    Britmy 02-15-16
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    "You need this book in your life...."

    Words can't express how wonderful this book is written and told. The memoir of the author touches so many fragments of society and allows the reader to join him on his journey to from being a young "buck" to man. It's a great read but even better listen.

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    Mamadou Bronx, NY 02-09-16
    Mamadou Bronx, NY 02-09-16 Member Since 2015

    I'm just learning how to use this Listener Page...

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    "Great Read"
    If you could sum up Buck in three words, what would they be?

    BUCK in three words...I Can Relate. That's what I get from this as a young african american growing in on the East Coast this is a story that is very similar to what we see as young men growing up in the same type of environment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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