Reminiscent of the classic Random Family and The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace but told by the man who lived it, The Cook Up is a riveting look inside the Baltimore drug trade portrayed in The Wire and an incredible story of redemption.
The smartest kid on his block in East Baltimore, D. was certain he would escape the life of drugs, decadence, and violence that had surrounded him since birth. But when his brother, Devin, is shot - only days after D. receives notice that he's been accepted into Georgetown University - the plans for his life are exploded, and he takes up the mantle of his brother's crack empire. D. succeeds in cultivating the family business, but when he meets a woman unlike any he's known before, his priorities are once more put into question.
Equally terrifying and hilarious, inspiring and heartbreaking, D.'s story offers a rare glimpse into the mentality of a person who has escaped many hells.
©2016 D. Watkins (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"The Cook Up is classic and cinematic, told with an observational acuity that hits you where it hurts." (Frannie Kelley, host of NPR's Microphone Check)
"D. Watkins is his generation's David Simon. Another brilliant storyteller who takes you into the heart of East Baltimore and never flinches as he shows you the real." (Touré, author of Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means to Be Black Now)
"The Cook Up is an important story for both black and white America, as well as this country's political leadership, to read, if we're truly going to tackle the challenges that are facing our communities all across the country." (Chuck Todd, correspondent on NBC's Meet the Press)
Dr. Jeff Shnall
Interesting inspiring story. Well worth the listen.
An first hand, inside look at the life and struggles facing black youth and black society in Baltimore. I heard the author being interviewed on US public radio and knew I wanted to hear his compelling story. I wish the author well.
I'm glad Dwight had made something of himself and has shared this story for the youth. It's good to have a different perspective, but the story lacks in depth information on sustainable solutions. Education is a key stepping stone, but in deteriorating school facilities and systems, it is increasingly hard to mine that value and make it available for every student. What are the influences and conscious conditions that we can change to free the youth from this replicating pattern of self distruction? Thanks for making an attempt.
This is an authentic and raw account of life in Baltimore. Watkins is a brilliant storyteller who takes you through his life growing up and making it in an inner-city when so many odds were stacked againt him. A must read.
I'm a community volunteer who loves Kansas, history, listening to audio books and cheering the Kansas City Royals!!!!
I don't know what it is like to grow up in "the hood" and live that life. This writer is eloquent in telling that story.
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