Buck, A Memoir by MK Asante; 2013; $25.00; 252 pages; Spiegel and Grau, New York, NY; 978-0-8129-9341-7; 811.6 A798b; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 9/27-9/28

Why did I pick this up?  MK Asante is another author that is going to be at Wordstock this weekend and I really like reading stuff by authors that are there.

What is the story?  This is a memoir of Asantes’ teenage years in Philadelphia and what set him on the path that he is currently on.  He went from being a drug dealer in the hood to being a college professor, hip artist and film maker.  There was much despair in his life as he was growing up and he was able to find his way out through reading and words.

Did I like it?  Yes, it was an intimate look at a life that I have never known and in one of my passions he discovered a whole new world through books and words.  I am looking forward to reading more by him.


What is with the title of the review?  Even though Will Smith and M.K. Asante both are from Philadelphia, their growing up years were quite different.

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