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Author MK Asante

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Author of Buck-A Memoir, MK Asante, was born in Zimbabwe to American parents: his mother, a dancer, his fatehr a revered professor. But things fell apart, and a decade later MK was in America, a teenager lost in a fog of drugs, sex, and violence in the streets of North Philadelphia. Nowe he was alone-his mother in a mental hospital, his father gone, and his older brother locked up in a prison on the other side of the country--and forced to find his own way to survive.

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 philosphers, 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.